Nature & Science

Mother Nature

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:

Keith Park
925-228-8860 Ext. 6312

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.


Plants, Grasses and Wildflowers

Plant List For The John Muir National Historic Site
Apple Apricot Atlas Cedar
Autumn Sage
Black Locust Black Walnut
Blue Elderberry
Bluegum Eucalyptus
California Poppy California Wild Rose
California Fuchsia
California Hibisucs
California Scrub Oak
Canary Island Date
Carmel Creeper
Catalina Cherry
Cedar-of-Lebanon Chasmanthe Cherokee Rose
Chinese Wisteria
Coast Live Oak
Coast Silk Tassel
Common Fig
Cork Oak
Coulter Pine
Coyote Bush
Deodar Cedar
Douglas Iris
English Hawthorn
English Walnut
Fuchsia-flowering Gooseberry
Gian Sequoia
Grapes: Muscat, Tokay, Zinfandel
Harison's Yellow Rose
Honey Locust
Honey Mesquite
Incense Cedar
Italian Stone Pine
Japanese Plum
Japanese Flowering Quince
Jeffery Pine Lady Bank's Rose
Lemon Loquat
Manzanita Matillija Poppy
Mexican FanPalm
Mourning Cypress
Naked Lady
Olive Orange Oregon Grape
Oregon White Oak Pacific Dogwood
Pacific Willow
Pear Pecan
Periwinkle Plum
Pomegranate Purple Needle Grass
Quince Red Fescue
Red Hot Poker
Redwood Sticky Monkeyflower
Strawberry Tree
Native Grasses at the John Muir National Historic Site
Poacaeae (Grass) Spike Redtop (Agrostis exarata) California Brome (Bromus carinatus) Blue Wild Rye (Elymus glaucus)
Giant Wild Rye (Leymus codensatus) Creeping Wild Rye (Leymus triticoides) California Melic (Melica californica) Torrey Meli (Melica torreyana)
Foothill Needlegrass (Nasella lepida) Purple Needlegrass (Nasella pulchra) One-sided Bluegrass (Poa secunda) Few-flowered fescue (Vulpia microstachys)

Wildflowers at the John Muir National Historic Site
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) Prostrate Pigweed Anacardiaceae (Sumac) Western Poison Oak
Western Poison Ivy Apiaceae(Carrot) Rattlesnake weed Bladder Parsnip
Mountain Sweet Cicely Foothill Lomatium Kellogg's Yampah Purple Sanicle
Pacific Snakeroot Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort) California Dutchman's Pipe Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed)
Heart-leaved Milkweed Narrowleaf Milkweed Asteraceae (Sunflower) Yarrow
Blow Wives California Dandelion California Sagebrush California Mugwort
Woodland Aster Pacific Aster Coyote Brush Horseweed
Golden Yarrow Fluff Weed

California Poppies

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4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553


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