The magic of John Muir lives today in our public parklands and wilderness areas, the orchards and vineyards of Contra Costa County, sunsets atop Mt. Wanda, and in writings and teachings that spread the word about nature and our place in it.

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Our Mission

The mission of the John Muir Association is to celebrate the life, share the vision, and preserve the legacy of John Muir through education, preservation, advocacy and stewardship, in partnership with the National Park Service at the John Muir National Historic Site.

The John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California was the home of John Muir for the last 24 years of his life. The 1882 home showcases Muir’s “scribble den,” where he penned many of his famous works, which have been heard around the world.

We support John Muir National Historic Site as a center for education and inspiration, to help others understand and appreciate the far-reaching legacy of John Muir.

Our Goals

  • To provide programs and activities that build understanding of the important legacy given us by John Muir, a legacy of appreciation for nature and a desire to protect our planet’s important natural resources.

  • To support renovation and improvement projects at the John Muir National Historic Site to help visitors learn and be inspired during their visit.


Our Programs

In partnership with the National Park Service, member-supported educational activities include:

John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration—A day of festivities in celebration of Muir’s life and environmental legacy.

John Muir Mountain Day Camp—A “Muir immersion” day camp that emphasizes history, ecology, writing, arts, and crafts as children explore the principles of Muir’s life.

John Muir Conservation Award—Since 1978, the annual award acknowledges individuals, groups, or organizations for their restoration, protection, or conservation efforts.

California Native Plant Garden—Installed in 2007-2008, this garden honors John Muir’s love of native plants and seeks to educate others on what to plant in their own garden.


Other Activities Have Included:

Martinez Historical Society Home Tour—Since 2008, the Muir Home has been a part of the tour, and will remain a highlight of this annual event.

Ranch Days—Living history of the Victorian era when Muir was a successful fruit rancher

Book Signings—For the John Muir National Historic Site California Native Plant Garden Coloring Book and Garden Guide, published by the John Muir Association, and Nature’s Beloved Son, Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy by Bonnie Gisel and Stephen Joseph.



Our History

The John Muir Memorial Association was organized in 1956 to preserve the John Muir home and gravesite in Martinez, California, and assure its transfer to the National Park Service.

Through the efforts of the John Muir Memorial Association, Congressman John F. Baldwin of Martinez, Faire and Henry Sax, the Contra Costa Historical Society and many interested citizens, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation on September 3, 1964, making Muir's former home in Martinez a National Historic Site. In 1993, the National Park Service bought an additional 326 acres of open space, known as Mt. Wanda, that was part of Muir’s original 2,600 acres.

Today, the John Muir Association, renamed in 2004, continues to work with the National Park Service to preserve the 10,000-square-foot house and surrounding orchards, native plants and grounds, and to interpret the life of John Muir and the history of the home and ranch.

Learn more about how the Muir home was saved for posterity in “Bought and Saved For Posterity: Faire and Henry Sax and the John Muir Home,” an article written for the Martinez Historical Society Newsletter by Harriett Burt.


Our Board of Directors

Bruce Campbell
VP Marketing, shareholder at Clare Computer Solutions. Local musician, and active in the local arts community.
Mark Thomson
IT Manager, Shell Oil Company, Retired
JoAnne Dunec
Shareholder, Miller Starr Regalia
Gay Gerlack
Business Owner, Designer
Sherida Bush  Principal, RavenScribe Associates
Juliet Don Manager – Public Affairs, CEMC West, Chevron
Marlene Haws Realtor, Coldwell Banker Guidance Realty
Cathy Ivers Community Environmental and Social Performance Coordinator, Shell Martinez Refinery
Lynn Quinones Educator, Musician, founder of the Alhambra Valley Band
Honorary Board Member
Michael Muir
Founder & Director, Access Adventure /
John Muir’s great grandson


Site Credits

Website Design
Akeson Design

Project Manager
Sherida Bush, Board Member, John Muir Association

Project Contributors
Susan Barry, Director, John Muir Mountain Day Camp 
Juliet Don, Board Member, John Muir Association
Mary Ann Gaebe, Former Board Member, John Muir Association
Robert Hanna, Board Member, John Muir Association
Jill Harcke, Director, John Muir Mountain Day Camp 
Nancy Schaefer, Former Board Member, John Muir Association
Harold Wood, John Muir Exhibit/Former JMA Webmaster

Susan Barry
Sherida Bush
Caitlin, Camp Counselor
Will Collin
Jill Harcke
Todd Kiker
Natalie, Camp Counselor
Robert Perry
Judy Potter
Cathy Sponseller
Mark Westwind
Carter Wilson
And others…

Special thanks to:
Tom Zamaria


John Muir Association
P.O. Box 2433
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: (925) 229-3857







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