The "Father of the
National Park Service"
John Muir was many things, inventor,
immigrant, botanist, glaciologist, writer, co-founder of the Sierra
Club, fruit rancher. But it was John Muir's love of nature, and the
preservation of it, that we can thank him for today. Muir convinced
President Teddy Roosevelt to protect Yosemite (including Yosemite
Valley), Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Grand Canyon and MT. Rainier as
Things To Do
Start with an orientation to the site
at the visitor center, and enjoy the twenty minute biographical film
of Muir's life,"A Glorious Journey". It is shown on demand
throughout the day. Restrooms and our bookstore are also located in
the visitor center. Picnic tables are available on the
The Muir Home is available for self
guided tours from 10 am to 5 PM Wednesday through Sunday. Public
tours are available at 2:00 Wednesday through Friday, and 2:00 and
3:00 on weekends. Please call (925) 228-8860 to organize
group tours. There are picnic tables available on the grounds.
The Martinez Adobe, built in 1849, is
also on site and open to the public. The two downstairs rooms of the
adobe have exhibits about John Muir, the Martinez family and early
MT. Wanda is available for sauntering
seven days a week, sunrise to sunset. It is 1 mile uphill to get to
the top. Always bring water and wear comfortable shoes when setting
out for the 640 foot summit!
Bird walks and Full Moon walks are available on Mt.
Wanda. Call the site for more information at: (925) 228-8860.
With almost 9 acres of fruit
orchards surrounding the Muir home, the oppurtunity to arrive at
the right time of year (summer & fall) and sample something to
eat is great! As fruit becomes available, it is picked by staff and
park VIPs and put in wooden boxes around the park. There is no
charge for fruit.
Spring offers not only the many
colored blossoms of fruit and nut trees in our orchards, but of
wildflowers on Mt. Wanda. Mt. Wanda is our 326 acre natural area
where Wildflower and Bird walks are offered by rangers during
the spring. Sauntering on Mt. Wanda is encouraged anytime of
the year. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring water.
During the summer on Mt. Wanda, Full
Moon walks are offered in June, July, and August. Reservations
are required for these walks.
Originally part of the 2600 acre
ranch, John Muir NHS acquired this 326 acres of oak woodland in
1993. Named for his oldest daughter, Muir took both girls on nature
walks here to look at the trees, wildflowers and birds. We continue
that tradition today with ranger led wildflower and bird walks in
the spring, and full moon walks in the summer.
This Museum Collections Exhibit
celebrates John Muir, preservationist, writer and friend to National
Parks. It features Muir's family and home in Martinez, California,
including personal belongings, photographs, and specimens that he