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John Muir /Earth Day Celebration Is April 21

The John Muir Historic Site will feature a day-long party with live music, food, education and fun.

Tap into your inner Muir at the John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21st, at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez.

Admission and parking are free to this regional event, which includes exhibits and fun activities for all ages. Participants will enjoy live entertainment, self-guided tours of the 1882 Victorian Muir home, a nature walk with Doc Hale and National Park Service Junior Ranger activities.

The Keynote Speaker is Rona Zollinger, co-founder of the New Leaf: A Sustainable Living Collaborative in the Martinez Unified School District.

John Muir’s message of conservation is felt around the world, and it was at his Martinez home where he penned many of his influential works.

"Visitors will find a lot that’s new at the park, including a freshly renovated Visitor Center, displays of original documents, improvements to the California Native Plant Garden and an exhibit about Muir as a gifted inventor. In addition to learning more about John Muir’s life and his role in the conservation of our natural treasures, visitors will have fun while discovering what they can do to protect the earth,” said John Muir NHS General Superintendent Tom Leatherman.

The Celebration includes live music played by Spinning Wheel, The Hopeful Romantics, Extended Roots and Cal Revels. Two silent auctions will offer a variety of items, and the proceeds will benefit the John Muir Association, which is hosting the event in partnership with the National Park Service.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The event is made possible by this year’s sponsors, including the City of Martinez, Shell Martinez Refinery and Allied Waste Services. The Celebration hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit www.johnmuirassociation.org or call 925-228-8860 ext. 6422.

John Muir National Historic Site is located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue at Highway 4 in Martinez, California. For directions, visit www.nps.gov/jomu. Parking at the Visitor Center parking lot will be reserved for vehicles with a state-issued disabled person placard or plate; free general parking will be available at the Alhambra High School and Martinez Adult Education (Alhambra Avenue at “D” and “F” streets—follow signs). Free shuttle transportation will be provided from these parking areas, but we encourage travel on public transportation. For public transportation information please see the directions page for the park at
http://www.nps.gov/jomu/planyourvisit/directions.htm.

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