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Contact: Jim MacDonald, 925-228-8860 ext. 6431
Join the National Park Service (NPS) and the John Muir Association in celebrating John Muir’s 180th birthday and Earth Day during our annual Birthday – Earth Day event on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA.
The celebration, held rain or shine, features family-oriented activities, food for sale, live music including a bagpipe band, song performances by original cast members of the play Mountain Days, and exhibits 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. Visitors can enjoy self-guided tours of Muir’s historic Italianate Victorian home where he wrote about protecting nature. For the first time, there will also be guided tours of John Muir’s final resting place, the Strentzel/Muir Gravesite. There will be two silent auctions with proceeds benefiting the John Muir Association, the nonprofit organization hosting the event in partnership with the NPS. The Association will also present the 40th 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 Alhambra High School located at 150 E Street at Alhambra Avenue. While free shuttle transportation will be provided from the parking area, the NPS encourages travel on public transportation. For directions, please visit www.nps.gov/jomu/
Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and gravesite of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir. John Muir NHS, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553, is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission to the site is free of charge. For more information, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/jomu, “like” us on Facebook, call (925) 228-8860, or email e-mail us.