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Contact: Jim MacDonald, 925-228-8860 ext. 6621
Join the National Park Service for a free winter solstice-themed campfire program on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. The program begins at 3 PM with crafts and games in the park orchards and continues with a campfire from5-7 PM. Rangers will lead the group in songs, stories and activities to celebrate the longest night of the year, the changing of the seasons and the legacy of John Muir, one of the greatest naturalists and conservationists the United States has ever known.
No reservations are required. Meet at the front gate of the John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue, in Martinez, CA (at the Alhambra Ave. exit off Highway 4). Bring the whole family! Come with warm layers, picnic blankets, lawn chairs, marshmallows and a desire to have a good time. Rangers will direct visitors from the gate to the fire ring until 5:30 PM. If it rains heavily, the program will be canceled.
Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and grave site of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir. Muir spent his entire life exploring, studying, and writing about his experiences in the American wilderness, most notably the Sierra Nevada Mountains. His writing set the stage for a conservation movement that would spur protection of nature nationwide and ultimately earn Muir the title "Father of the National Parks."
John Muir National Historic Site, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553, is open 10 am to 5 pm seven days a week year-round, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. 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, or call (925) 228-8860.