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John Muir National Historic Site to celebrate birthday, Earth Day

Frank Helling, as John Muir, sits in the forest and shares stories from his past adventures during the celebration. (EMILIA ROSALES / Martinez Tribune)
Frank Helling, as John Muir, sits in the forest and shares stories from his past adventures during the celebration. (EMILIA ROSALES / Martinez Tribune)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Join the National Park Service (NPS) and the John Muir Association in celebrating John Muir’s 179th birthday and Earth Day, during the annual Birthday-Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.

The celebration, held rain or shine, features family-oriented activities, food for sale, live music including a bagpipe band, song performances by original cast members of the play “Mountain Days,” and exhibits by national parks and local environmental organizations. Parking and admission are free.

NPS Ranger Frank Helling will portray John Muir and recount some of Muir’s many wilderness adventures. Visitors can enjoy self-guided tours of Muir’s historic Italianate Victorian home where he wrote about protecting nature. There will be two silent auctions with proceeds benefiting the John Muir Association, the nonprofit organization providing support to the NPS and co-hosting the event. The Association will also present the 39th annual John Muir Conservation Awards.

The John Muir NHS 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 Alhambra High School located at 150 E Street at Alhambra Avenue. While free shuttle transportation will be provided from the parking area, the NPS encourages travel on public transportation. For directions, please visit www.nps.gov/jomu/planyourvisit/directions.htm. For additional information, please visit www.johnmuirassociation.org or www.MuirEarthDay.org.

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