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Contact: Jim MacDonald, National Park Service, 925-228-8860 ext. 6621
Contact: Mary Ann Gaebe, John Muir Association, 925-228-1210
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.
The celebration, held rain or shine, features family-oriented activities, food for sale, live music, including a bagpipe band, and displays by national parks and local environmental organizations. Parking and admission are free. NPS Ranger Frank Helling will portray John Muir and recount some of Muir’s many wilderness adventures. John Muir NHS horticulturalist Keith Park will also be on hand to discuss the successful cloning of the sequoia tree that Muir planted on the grounds of his Martinez home in the late 1880s.
“We’re proud to host the Birthday–Earth Day celebration each year, but this year is special,” said John Muir NHS Superintendent Tom Leatherman. “A century ago, John Muir passed away and left a legacy that lives on in our 401 national parks. Fifty years ago, our park was established to remember his legacy and communicate his story and vision. We hope you can join us during this year of commemoration.”
Visitors can enjoy self-guided tours of Muir’s historic Victorian home, where he wrote about protecting nature, as well as bid in two silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the John Muir Association, the nonprofit organization hosting the event in partnership with the NPS. The Association will also present the 36th annual John Muir Conservation Awards.
The John Muir NHS Visitor Center parking lot will be reserved for vehicles with a state-issued disabled person placard or plate; free general parking will be available at the Martinez Adult