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 »
Nature & Science
Welcome to the Nature and Science section of the John Muir National Historic Site website. There is a large variety of plants, animals and insects that inhabit this park, including the many acres of Mount Wanda. We work hard to protect and preserve this land and it's inhabitants. There are many native and some non-native species that thrive here. We have provided lists of all the animals, plants and insects that we are aware of, which are accessible by clicking on the sub-menus underneath the main menu of "Nature and Science". From time to time, we are looking for volunteers to help with maintaining the plants and land around the John Muir NHS and Mount Wanda. If you are interested in volunteering, you may contact:
Mt. Wanda Ethnobotany Cards
These flashcards are intended for the layperson interested in ethnobotany, the scientific study of the relationship between people and plants. We hope these flashcards will help foster an appreciation for California Native People's knowledge and uses of plants, as well as their intimate relationship to the environments in which they lived. These cards feature native plants commonly found on Mt. Wanda.
You can download a set of ethnobotany cards in pdf. format by clicking on the link at the end of this paragraph. The pdf. contains a set of images and descriptions, which can be printed front to back, in order to complete a card set. The file size of the cards is 6.9 MB. Click HERE to download.
Information comes from many sources, including: Timbrook, Janice. Chumash Ethnobotany: Plant Knowledge among the Chumash People of Southern California. Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2007. Print.
These flashcards are not intended for the personal collection and/or use of wild plants.
Protect the Park
Mt. Wanda is preserved for future generations by the National Park Service. In order to protect our natural resources, the taking of plants is strictly prohibited.
Protect Your Health
Identifying plants incorrectly poses a danger to one's health. Use of the wrong plant – or even the right plant in the wrong way – could result in undesired effects, including death.
Please visit the San Francisco Bay Area National Parks Science and Learning website to learn more about John Muir NHS science and resources.
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