John Muir - Western National Parks Association

John Muir

National Historic Site


As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, John Muir fought to protect beloved wild places that we can still visit today. Muir’s writings convinced the U.S. government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon, and Mt. Rainier as national parks. His many roles in life helped him succeed as nature advocate.

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John Muir National Historic Site, an Italianate Victorian mansion of 10,000 square feet, with 14 rooms, is located in Martinez, California. The former Muir family home still contains some original furniture, including John Muir’s writing desk. Dr. John Strentzel, Muir’s father-in-law, built the house in 1883, and Muir and his wife Louisa moved into it in 1890. Muir was cofounder and the first president of the Sierra Club, and although, as a young conservationist, the man known as the Father of the National Parks held some views that we now know are unacceptable, he evolved in his later years, and his lasting legacy is commemorated at this historic site. Famously, Muir is known to have said, “The mountains are calling and I must go,” and this site continues to represent the importance of connecting people to the parks.

Since our founding in 1938

WNPA has provided more than

$136 million

in aid to our partner parks to fund educational programs, initiatives, and scientific research

Kids in Parks

National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.

Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist

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Bring the Parks Home

When you can’t get to a national park for a visit, experience it from the comfort of your home. WNPA’s online store is packed with ranger-approved park collectibles, books, toys, and clothing. Shop for a special item.