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Our Mission

The mission of the John Muir Association is to support the National Park Service in making the John Muir National Historic Site a center for education, inspiration, and advocacy of the legacy of John Muir.

Our Goals

• To provide programs and activities that build understanding of the important legacy given us by John Muir;

• To support renovation and improvement projects at the national historic site;

• To conduct a capital campaign to build an Education and Visitor Center that expands and enhances use of the site.

Our Programs

In partnership with the National Park Service, member-supported educational activities include:

            • Ranch Days – living history of the Victorian era when Muir was a successful fruit  rancher

            • John Muir’s Victorian Christmas – a holiday tradition in the Muir home

            • John Muir’s Birthday / Earth Day – a celebration of Muir’s life and environmental legacy

            • John Muir’s Mountain Day Camp – a “Muir immersion” that emphasizes history, ecology, writing, arts, and crafts as children explore the principles of Muir’s life

            • John Muir Conservation Award – since 1978 the annual award acknowledges individuals, groups, or organizations for their restoration, protection, or  conservation efforts


Our History

The John Muir Memorial Association was organized in 1956 to preserve the John Muir home site in Martinez, California, and assure its transfer to the National Park Service.

Through the efforts of the John Muir Memorial Association, Congressman John F. Baldwin of Martinez, and interested citizens, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation on September 3, 1964, making Muir's former home in Martinez a National Historic Site.

Today, the John Muir Association, renamed in 2004, continues to work with the National Park Service to preserve the mansion and surrounding orchards, native plants and grounds, and to interpret the life of John Muir and the history of the home and ranch.

Our Board of Directors

C. Mack Shaver, President 
National Park Service, retired
JoAnne Dunec, Vice President 

Attorney, Director, 
Ellman Burke Hoffman & Johnson

Richard Elliott, Secretary 

Artistic Director,
Willows Theatre Company

Mary Ann Gaebe, Treasurer 

Business Administrator,
Hope Center

Juliet Don 

Vice President & Market Dev. Manager, Bank of America

Glenn Fuller   
National Park Service, retired
Diana Granados 

Founder, Director,
Native Bird Connections

Susan Holland  

Cosmetologist, Community Volunteer,
Just Hair, Martinez

Marc Murai   
Media Consultant
Nancy Schaefer  
Consultant for Land Acquisition Projects
Igor Skaredoff  
Community Volunteer,
Shell Oil, retired
Mark Westwind 

Westwind Associates


John Muir Association
P.O. Box 2433
Martinez, CA 9455
Phone: (925) 229-3857

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