Change In Park Schedule
Starting on Monday, April 22nd, 2013, the John Muir National Historic Site will be operating under new days and hours. We will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm. The press release regarding change in operating hours can be downloaded at link. More »
School Group Tours
Bring your class to John Muir NHS! Come learn about the man, his life and his legacy. Park staff is available to join your group on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The maximum number we can handle is roughly 70 people (or two classes). Picnic tables and the full park are open to you. Please pack out all trash. Tours begin at 10:00 and last until noon. A ranger will explain the specifics of our new tour model when you make your reservation.
Schedule early! Spaces fill up for Spring tours (February to mid-June) very quickly, so schedule your tour as soon as you have a date in mind!
Please feel free to download any of these items for use in your classroom
What's NewWe are constantly updating our program and are open to new ideas. For the 2013-14 school year, the 3rd and 4th grade tour has been reworked to look at the lives of the people who supported John Muir, in recognition of curriculum standards of California Community and California History. The program is also designed to align with the Common Core State Standards. Through interactive, skill-based activities, we hope students will enjoy learning about one of America's foremost conservationists. Rangers will provide specifics prior to your tour.
Where We're Going
Within the next five years, we look forward to offering three learning tracks for students of all grades. These tracks pull heavily from the new Common Core Curriculum. Teaching focus is more on skills and less on information.
John Muir as Environmental Activist: In this track, students will learn to analyze, cite, evaluate and integrate information that connects to John Muir's legacy in order to present a persuasive argument. This could start with writing analyses, continue with outdoor exploration and end with students writing their own "activist" work.
John Muir as Scientist: Using the Muir property as a place of scientific discovery, students will learn the scientific method, catergorization, discovery, evaluation, and citation of relevant sources. A program could include walks on Mt. Wanda or river studies in Franklin Creek.
John Muir as Historical Figure: Students will use Muir's life as the basis for fact gathering, summarizing, synthesizing, and comparing and contrasting. Students could perform research using primary sources.
We need your input in order to make these ideas a reality. Let us know how we can serve your classroom needs.
You may like to read "Son of the Wilderness, The Life of John Muir", written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Linnie Marsh Wolfe, which is required reading for all rangers and volunteers at John Muir NHS. The only book John Muir ever wrote for children is the story he told his two daughters around the dining room table. That story of a small black dog with a big curly tail and an even bigger heart is called: "Stickeen".
Books Written By John Muir
Did You Know?
"...and doubtless, under certain precautionary restrictions, these useful, progressive, blunt-nosed mechanical beetles will hereafter be allowed to puff their way into all the parks and mingle their gasbreath with the breath of pines and waterfalls..." LIFE & LETTERS OF JOHN MUIR