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.

Events & Programs

The John Muir Association sponsors events, activities and programs to promote the legacy of John Muir, and to help visitors enjoy, learn and be inspired during their visit to the John Muir National Historic Site. We hope you can join us for a memorable time.

Find Out about Our Upcoming Events.


John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration

Each April, we celebrate John Muir’s April 21st birthday and Earth Day during one fun-filled day of activities. This and every year, come celebrate with us at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California. The Celebration features activities and entertainment for all ages. Admission is free!

Learn more about this year’s John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration.


John Muir Conservation Award

John Muir advocated the protection of places of spectacular beauty and wildness. His actions have inspired generations to continue his work throughout the world. Since 1978, the John Muir Association has honored those who continue John Muir’s legacy of environmental preservation.

Each year, we honor them at an inspiring and entertaining celebration, and we welcome you to join us.

Learn more about the accomplishments of the awardees, the award celebration, or how to submit a nomination.


John Muir Mountain Day Camp

The John Muir Mountain Day Camp is a “naturally good time” for children ages eight to twelve. During this “Muir Immersion” experience, campers are instilled with an appreciation of the life and legacy of John Muir the naturalist, preservationist, writer, Martinez farmer and father. Camp is based at the John Muir National Historic Site.

Learn more about this unique and wonderful camp.


California Native Plant Garden

John Muir had an abiding passion for native plants and had an important role as one of the great botanical collectors of his day. The California Native Plant Garden surrounding the John Muir National Historic Site Visitor Center honors Muir’s love of native plants.

The John Muir Association published the John Muir National Historic Site California Native Plant Garden Coloring Book and Garden Guide in

The Guide identifies and describes the plants in the Muir Site’s California Native Plant Garden, and is available for purchase. Please visit our Store [ERIC—need a link to the Store page.] for more details.

Learn more about the garden and Guide.


Martinez Historical Society Home Tour

John Muir’s historic 1882 home at the John Muir National Historic Site has been a part of the Martinez Historic Home Tour since 2008.
Learn more about the Muir Home and any upcoming tour, or visit


National Park Service Activities at the John Muir National Historic Site

The National Park Service offers many other activities and events and the John Muir National Historic Site.

Spring, for example, is a great time to get out and explore Mount Wanda. National Park Service rangers lead Bird and Wildflower Walks most Saturdays each spring. A National Junior Ranger Day Walk is usually held each year, as well as Full Moon Walks.

For more information, call the John Muir National Historic Site at (925) 228-8860 or visit






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