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September 09, 2014
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of John Muir National Historic Site with John Muir
Join the National Park Service for a free campfire program to celebrate the creation of the park on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and lasts roughly 1.5 hours. Frank Helling renowned John Muir impersonator will tell stories as John Muir. Children from John Muir Mountain Day Camp, led by Jill Harcke camp director, will sing songs Ms. Harcke composed about Mr. Muir, one of the greatest naturalists and conservationists the United States has ever known.

August 27, 2014
John Muir National Historic Site Hosts Full Moon Walk
Join National Park Service rangers for a full moon walk on Tuesday September 9, 2014 on Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. This free, two-hour program begins at 6:30 PM with a one-mile, moderately strenuous hike to watch the full moon rise over nearby Mt. Diablo. Atop Mt. Wanda’s 640-foot summit, visitors can use spotting scopes to view more detailed features of the moon. Visitors can also listen to the chorus of night sounds and keep an eye out for the nocturnal native grey fox.

March 14, 2014
Birthday Earth Day Celebrates 100 Years of John Muir’s Legacy
Join the National Park Service (NPS) in celebrating 100 years of John Muir’s conservation legacy during the annual Earth Day and John Muir’s Birthday event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. Participate in fun activities for all ages to commemorate Muir’s legacy and the 50th anniversary of the park’s establishment in 1964. Special guest speaker Bruce Hamilton, Deputy Executive Director of the Sierra Club, will give the keynote address.

February 14, 2014
John Muir NHS Celebrates California Arbor Week
Celebrate California Arbor Week by attending a special presentation by guest speakers Timmy Womick and Chad Brey of TreeCircus on Sunday, March 9, at 1 PM at the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. Womick and Brey’s hour-long program, “What Did John Muir Teach Us?”, is the first in a series of presentations by guest speakers exploring John Muir’s modern legacy. The series will continue throughout the spring and summer with special events on select weekends (Separate press releases will follow).

January 17, 2014
John Muir NHS Hosts Muir and Strentzel Gravesite Public Workshop
John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) is conducting a public workshop to develop management alternatives for the Muir/Strentzel gravesite in Martinez, California on Saturday, February 22. The workshop will be held from 10 AM to 12 PM in the multipurpose room in John Swett Elementary School, located at 4955 Alhambra Valley Road, Martinez.

December 14, 2013
Las Posadas At The Martinez Adobe
A cultural tradition returns. Enjoy a free bilingual (Spanish/English) program of music, history, and holiday traditions at the Martinez Adobe, on the grounds of the John Muir National Historic Site:

December 05, 2013
John Muir National Historic Site Hosts Winter Solstice Campfire
Join the National Park Service for a free winter solstice-themed campfire program on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. The program begins at 3 PM with crafts and games in the park orchards and continues with a campfire from 5-7 PM. Rangers will lead the group in songs, stories and activities to celebrate the changing of the seasons and the legacy of John Muir, one of the greatest naturalists and conservationists the United States has ever known.

September 01, 2013
Special Guest Robert Hanna Shares Muir Family Experiences on National Public Land’s Day
Explore an intimate view of John Muir and celebrate National Public Lands Day during a special presentation by Robert Hanna, John Muir’s great-great-grandson, at the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 6 PM. Hanna will present “Growing Up Muir” inside Muir’s historic Victorian home as part of a National Park Service speaker series celebrating John Muir’s modern legacy.

August 14, 2013
National Park Service Hosts Starry Night Saunter on Mount Wanda
Join National Park Service rangers for a free night sky walk on Thursday, August 29, 2013 on Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. This free, 1.5-hour program begins at 8 PM with a one-mile, moderately strenuous hike to magnificent vistas near the peak. Visitors may catch a glimpse of the nocturnal native grey fox or hear the distinctive call of the great horned owl while exploring the mysteries of the dazzling night sky.

July 19, 2013
Family Days at John Muir National Historic Site
Enjoy a day of family fun with hands-on activities for children and families on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. The program begins at 10 AM and ends at 2 PM. National Park Service staff will run rotating activity stations in the park orchards.

July 03, 2013
Experience Nature by Day and Night with Ranger Led Walks on Mt. Wanda
Walk in John Muir’s footsteps under sunlight and moonlight by attending two free, ranger-led saunters up Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. Join the National Park Service (NPS) on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 9 AM for a two-hour nature walk to discover the many plants and animals living in this diverse landscape. On the following evening of Monday, July 22, 2013, experience the nighttime side of Mt. Wanda with a ranger-led full moon walk at 7:45 PM.

June 27, 2013
Filmmaker to Screen Documentary on John Muir’s Life and Legacy at Muir’s Historic Martinez Home
Starting in May, the National Park Service began hosting a series of guest speakers to explore John Muir’s modern legacy. The series continues on Sunday, July 14, 2013 with special guest Anthony Garvin, who will screen his documentary film In Search of John Muir at 2 PM at the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) Visitor Center. In addition to showing the hour-long film, Garvin will speak about his experience following in Muir’s footsteps while creating the documentary.

June 14, 2013
NPS Announces End Of Muir And Strentzel Gravesite Plan Public Scoping Period
The public scoping period for John Muir National Historic Site’s (NHS) Muir/Strentzel Gravesite Plan ends on June 30, 2013. The public scoping period began on March 6, 2013 to solicit input on developing strategies for visitor and resource management at the Muir/Strentzel gravesite in Martinez, California. At least one additional public comment period will occur during the course of this planning process.

May 06, 2013
National Park Service Hosts Discovery Walks on Mount Wanda
Enjoy the late spring sunshine by walking in the footsteps of John Muir on a free, ranger-led saunter up Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. Join us on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9 AM for a two-hour nature walk to discover the many plants and animals living in this diverse landscape. The park has identified more than 82 species of native plants on Mt. Wanda, and hikers may see California buttercups, purple Chinese houses and mule’s ears.

May 03, 2013
National Park Service Hosts Full Moon Walks on Mount Wanda
Join National Park Service rangers for a full moon walk on Saturday, May 25, 2013 on Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. This free, two-hour program begins at 8:30 p.m. with a one-mile, moderately strenuous hike to watch the full moon rise over nearby Mt. Diablo. Atop Mt. Wanda’s 640-foot summit, visitors can use spotting scopes to view more detailed features of the moon. Visitors can also listen to the chorus of night sounds and keep an eye out for the nocturnal native grey fox.

May 03, 2013
National Park Service Hosts Free Family Days at John Muir National Historic Site
Enjoy a day of family fun with hands-on activities for children and families on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. The program begins at 10 AM and ends at 2 PM. Park staff will run rotating activity stations in the park orchards.

April 26, 2013
Speaker Series Explores Modern Connections to John Muir
Join the National Park Service this spring and summer as we host a series of guest speakers who will explore John Muir’s modern legacy. To kick off the series, special guests Peter and Donna Thomas will present “Muir Ramble Route: San Francisco to Yosemite,” on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. at the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) Visitor Center. The series will continue with special programs on Sunday June 23 and Sunday July 14th (separate press releases will follow.)

April 09, 2013
Muir and Strentzel Gravesite Public Scoping Period Underway
John Muir National Historic Site is announcing the public scoping period for the Muir/Strentzel Gravesite planning. Public scoping comments will be used to assist the park in developing a range of reasonable and feasible project alternatives that address management of resources and visitor access at the Muir/Strentzel gravesite in Martinez California. The public scoping period officially opened on March 6, 2013 and will extend for at least 60 days. To help gather information related to this planning effort, a public open house will take place on April 9, 2013 from 5:30 to 7pm at New Leaf: A Sustainable Living Collaborative School, Room Two, 614 F Street, Martinez.

April 08, 2013
Sequestration Cuts Cause Changes at Eugene O’Neill and John Muir National Historic Sites
Effective April 22, 2013, Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site and John Muir National Historic Site are required by “sequestration” (a series of automatic, across-the-board permanent spending cuts) to reduce their annual budget by five percent. The parks must absorb those cuts in the remaining six months of this fiscal year that ends September 30, 2013. The federal law imposing sequestration requires that each national park take this cut.

April 04, 2013
National Park Service Hosts Free Campfire Program at John Muir National Historic Site
Join the National Park Service for a free campfire program on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. The program begins at 7 p.m. and lasts roughly 1.5 hours. Rangers will lead the group in songs, skits and stories to celebrate the legacy of John Muir, one of the greatest naturalists and conservationists the United States has ever known.

April 01, 2013
Monthly Story Time Continues at John Muir National Historic Site
John Muir used to tell his daughters stories around the dinner table at his family home in Martinez. Children and families are invited to join the National Park Service for a new story time program at the John Muir National Historic Site, to help keep Muir’s tradition alive!

March 22, 2013
New Exhibits Examines John Muir's Influence Over National Parks
The John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA, now features a new exhibit in one of the upstairs bedrooms of John Muir’s Victorian home. The exhibit focuses on John Muir’s influence on the creation of several national park units in the western United States and on the National Park Service’s mission to continue Muir’s beliefs today.

March 20, 2013
Gary Bogue at the John Muir Birthday Earth Day Celebration
MARTINEZ— Stories from “John Muir” are among the highlights of the John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20th at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez. Guests will enjoy free admission and parking at this regional event, which includes fun, informative activities and exhibits for all ages. Popular pet and wildlife columnist Gary Bogue is the keynote speaker, and the John Muir Association’s 35th annual John Muir Conservation Awards will be announced and presented.

March 14, 2013
Full Moon Walks Begin on Mount Wanda
Join National Park Service rangers for the first full moon walk of the year on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 on Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. This free, two-hour program begins at 7:30 p.m. with a one-mile, moderately strenuous hike to watch the full moon rise over nearby Mt. Diablo. Atop Mt. Wanda’s 640-foot summit, visitors can use spotting scopes to view more detailed features of the moon. Visitors can also listen to the chorus of night sounds and keep an eye out for the nocturnal native grey fox.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

John Muir not only has a National Historic Site and Muir Woods National Monument named for him, but schools, hospitals, plants, a rock type, a mammal, a bird, a butterfly, trails, a pass, a glacier, a wilderness area, a beach, an inlet, a mountain, and he's even on the 2005 California state quarter!