A man standing in an orchard with trees.

Our Mission

The mission of the John Muir Association is to celebrate 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 an understanding of the important legacy given to 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.

A dirt road through the trees in a field.
A group of people sitting on the ground reading books.

Our History

The John Muir Memorial Association was organized in 1956 to preserve the John Muir home and grave site 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

Mark Thomson
Computer Consultant, Musician, and open space advocate

Linda Vida
Vice President
Librarian, expertise in Western water research

Jamie Menasco
Enterprise Portfolio Process/System Analyst, inactive CPA, Alhambra Creek and native plant enthusiast

Juliet Don
Corporate Affairs Representative, Chevron

Karen Najarian
Writer, photographer, retired Clinical Lab Scientist, and Wilderness Guide

Susan Garbarino
Retired librarian/project manager, avid horticulturist, and hiker

Jamie Fox
Electrical Engineer, avid hiker, open space advocate, and nature photographer

Nicole Hope Sylvester
Teacher, Nature Lover and Guide, Wellbeing Coach, Artist