John Muir National Historic Site Celebrates California Arbor Week

February 17, 2014 14:00 pm · 6 comments

Celebrate California Arbor Week by attending a special presentation by guest speakers Timmy Womick and Chad Brey of TreeCircus on Sunday, March 9, at 1 PM at the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.

Womick and Brey’s hour-long program, “What Did John Muir Teach Us?”, is the first in a series of presentations by guest speakers exploring John Muir’s modern legacy. The series will continue throughout the spring and summer with special events on select weekends (Separate press releases will follow).

California Arbor Week runs from March 7-14, 2014 with a goal of uniting cities, businesses, and individuals to educate Californians on the value trees provide to building successful, healthy cities and neighborhoods.

Womick’s interactive TreeCircus show engages audiences of all ages in learning about trees, including their basic biology and importance in filtering urban pollution. Womick uses humor and audience participation to demonstrate how trees can lower global temperatures and raise people’s spirits. Those who find themselves in front of the audience have a chance to blossom just like the trees Womick discusses.

In addition to the show, John Muir NHS arborist Keith Park will demonstrate tree climbing with ropes while Womick and Brey, a world-class tree climbing competitor, narrate from below. Afterwards, visitors are welcome to participate in family-oriented nature activities until 4 PM. No reservations are required. The event will be held under the pecan trees in the back orchards. If it rains, the event will move to the John Muir NHS Visitor Center auditorium.

Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and gravesite of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir. Mt. Wanda preserves 326 acres of grasslands and oak woodlands that were part of the original Muir/Strentzel ranch in the Alhambra Valley more than a century ago.

John Muir NHS, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553, is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission to the site is free of charge. For more information, please visit the park website at, like us on Facebook, or call 925-228-8860.

Clayton Valley Grad February 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

We live in Martinez, and I really enjoy the John Muir House, and everything to do with John Muir.

When relatives are visiting from out of town, I like seeing the joy in little kids “ring the bell upstairs.”

Keeping the thread in perspective, and enjoying the Olympics.

GO USA!!! 62 years of waiting, USA has the gold!(tune in if you’re not watching!).

Monday, Monday February 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I wouldn’t mind attending this event. I like John Muir historical news.

John Muir would’ve been an interesting person to have lunch with……

I'm The Urban Spaceman February 18, 2014 at 6:56 PM

What happened to the John Muir article that had a lot more comments?

Middle of the Road February 18, 2014 at 8:33 PM

The John Muir House is pretty cool. Anything John Muir holds the attention of my wife and kids.

John Muir did have a heck of a legacy. I think I’ll bring the family.

Cowellian February 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM

The comments got pulled.

I'm The Urban Spaceman February 19, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Thank You Cowellian.

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