Wanda, Helen, Louie, and John Muir

Bay area locals looking for a place to picnic, hike, or brush up on a bit of California history, will find the John Muir National Historic Site sure to please. The trek is especially meaningful for fourth grade students who are studying California history. Park services at the former home of the renowned conservationist, John Muir, include an introductory video in the Visitor Center, an optional guided home tour, a passage to the bell tower, and a delightful walking path that meanders by fruit trees and native California plants. After a walk around the grounds, picnic tables invite you to stay awhile and enjoy lunch or a snack next to Alhambra Creek. You can extend your adventure with a visit to Mt. Wanda, which was one of Muir’s favorite stomping grounds and is located a short distance from the Visitor Center. The site also offers full moon walks, wildflower walks, campfire programs, and stargazing evenings. Call (925) 228-8860 for information and reservations for these special events. Guests will need to pack out all litter. Visit in spring, if possible. It’s free! And it’s lovely!

Before You Go!

Read: John Muir: America’s Naturalist by Thomas Locker – Grades K-3 Picture Book
Read: John Muir My Life with Nature by Joseph Cornell – Grades 3 -6 Biography

Print: Mt. Wanda Plant List provided by NPS