National Park Service Founders: John Muir
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    John Muir

    Cultural Resources National Park Service

John Muir played many roles in his life, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for Nature. As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today. Muir’s writings convinced the U.S. government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks.

“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” –John Muir in a letter to his wife Louie in July 1888

John Muir home

See For Yourself

Visit a one of several Muir park sites - incluing his home in Martinez, California or enjoy the natural splendor of Muir Woods located Mill Valley, California.

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For Teachers

Activities and other resources to enliven classroom discussions on John Muir and Preservation.

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Inside Story

Attend lectures on John Muir or join actor Lee Stetson in his portrayal of Muir when visiting Yosemite National Park.

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Learn more about John Muir's influence in creating the national parks as well as other founders of the park service in the National Park Service: First 75 Years.

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Discover shared heritage with a National Register tour of the Early History of the California Coast including John Muir's home in Martinez, California. Disover other fascinating places near his home.

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Learn more about John Muir's relationship with President Theodore Roosevelt and how they would influence the creation of the National Parks in Shaping the System.

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The online Museum Collections Exhibit celebrates John Muir noted preservationist, writer and friend to National Parks. It features Muir's family and home in Martinez, California, including personal belongings, photographs, and specimens that he collected.

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Volunteers at Muir Woods National Monument are active in preservation. The park seeks volunteers to help remove non-native plants, growing native plants, working in one of the park's nurseries and restoring historic structures such as a World War II barracks or a mess hall.