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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of John Muir National Historic Site with John Muir

Sep 12, 2014 09:02AM ● By Jennifer Neys

Join the National Park Service for a free campfire program to celebrate the creation of the park on Saturday, September 20 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and lasts roughly 1.5 hours. Frank Helling renowned John Muir impersonator will tell stories as John Muir.  Children from John Muir Mountain Day Camp, led by Jill Harcke camp director, will sing songs Ms. Harcke composed about Mr. 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, (at the Alhambra Ave. exit off Highway 4). Bring the whole family! There will be something for everyone. Come with picnic blankets, lawn chairs, marshmallows and a desire to have a good time. Rangers will direct you from the gate to the fire ring. 

Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and gravesite 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”.

Campfire programs continue through October.  For more information, please visit the park website at or call (925) 228-8860.