National Park Service Hosts Wildflower Saunters up Mt. Wanda
Mar 29, 2015 07:39PM
● By Jennifer Neys
Join a National Park Service ranger for free early Saturday morning wildflower walks on April 11th, April 25th, May 2nd, and May 16th 2015, at the John Muir National Historic Site. Each two-hour walk will begin at 9:00 AM with an easy saunter up Mt. Wanda to look for wildflowers. Over 82 species of native plants have been identified on Mt. Wanda, and hikers may spot California buttercups, purple Chinese houses and mule’s ears.
Meet at the Park and Ride lot at the corner of Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road, in Martinez, CA (at the Alhambra Ave. exit off Highway 4). Bring water, a shade hat, and wear good walking shoes because the trail is steep. If it rains heavily, the walk will be cancelled.
Mt. Wanda, a 326-acre open space of oak woodlands and grassland, is part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS). Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir (1838-1914). Mt. Wanda is named after Muir’s eldest daughter, Annie Wanda Muir.
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 throughout the world.
As always, entrance to John Muir National Historic Site is free of charge. The site is open seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you have any questions, please call the John Muir National Historic Site at 925-228-8860.