John Muir Mountain Day Camp
John Muir Mountain Day Camp is based at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez. California, where John Muir—naturalist, preservationist, writer, farmer and father—lived and raised his family for 24 years. Campers explore Muir's land and 1882 Victorian home, and view his "scribble den," where he penned many of his influential works.
At the John Muir Mountain Day Camp, kids have a great time while they learn how Muir's legacy is still helping the earth be a healthier, more beautiful place to live. Each week is packed with fun and informative activities, such as exploring nature trails, painting, baking sourdough bread, journaling as Muir did, and discovering local plants and animals.
Campers have come from as far away as Hong Kong, Massachusetts, Virginia, Oregon and Lake Tahoe as well as the Bay Area.
At a typical weekly session, campers:
- Enjoy daily activities with National Park Service Rangers
- Draw and paint with California landscape artist, Susan Barry
- Explore nature trails on Mount Wanda
- Experience John Muir through National Park Service Ranger Frank Helling's portrayal
- Learn about local plant and animal life
- Make sourdough bread with 143-year-old starter
- Sketch, paint, sing, create inventions and create a journal, as did Muir
Activities vary for each week; campers registering for both weeks will have a unique experience each time. (Activities subject to change.)
To Register and Learn More
Learn more about camp.
Questions? Call Camp Director Jill Harcke: (925) 680-8807