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School Group Tours

Bring your class to the John Muir National Historic Site. This is an opportunity to learn about the man, his life and his legacy. Park staff are available Monday thru Friday to join your group. We can only accommodate two classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday and one class on Wednesday. Picnic tables and the full park site are available for your use. Please pack out all trash. Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. and last until noon. A ranger will explain the specifics of the program at the time 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!

What's New

We are constantly updating our program and are open to new ideas. 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.


Suggested Reading

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:

Picturesque California (1888)
Our National Parks (1901)
E.H. Harriman (1911)
The Yosemite (1912)
Travels In Alaska (1915)
Cruise Of The Corwin (1917)
Mountains of California (1894)
Stickeen (1909)
My First Summer In The Sierra (1911)
The Story Of My Boyhood And Youth (1913)
A 1000-Mile Walk To The Gulf (1916)
Steep Trails (1918)

Last updated: May 23, 2017

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