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MARTINEZ— Stories from “John Muir” are among the highlights of the John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20th at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez. Guests will enjoy free admission and parking at this regional event, which includes fun, informative activities and exhibits for all ages. Popular pet and wildlife columnist Gary Bogue is the keynote speaker, and the John Muir Association’s 35th annual John Muir Conservation Awards will be announced and presented.
The celebration also features live entertainment, National Park Service junior ranger activities, and self-guided tours of the 1882 victorian Muir home, the California Native Plant Garden and the Martinez Adobe, the home of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail exhibit. National Park Service Ranger Frank Helling portrays John Muir and recounts some of his many wilderness adventures.
John Muir’s message of conservation is felt around the world, and it was at his Martinez home where he penned many of his influential works. Known as the “Father of the National Park System,” Muir and his lifelong love of nature were key in preserving many of the stunning wild lands—mountains, rivers, canyons, shorelines, meadows, lakes and giant trees—that we enjoy today."Visitors who have not been to the park recently will enjoy an enhanced and ever-changing experience. The house now features displays of original documents and rotating exhibits. The orchards and grounds are being restored to represent Muir’s time, and the California Native Plant