Third Annual John Muir Festival

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

The Third Annual John Muir Festival takes place on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 10am to 4pm at Coulterville Park, California at the beginning of the J132/Historic John Muir Route and at Big Creek Meadow Ranch (at the end of J132).

The event offers hands-on nature activities for families, presentations from authors and experts, live music, dancing, artisans, craftspeople and exhibits.

From the press release:

“…The day events begin at 10 a.m. with nature activities that will encourage children and adults to use their five senses as Muir did, never missing the opportunity to explore. Your creativeness and imagination will be challenged while you engage in nature play and nature tours. As did Muir, you too can journal the day’s thought and experiences.

Among the presenters taking part in the event is John Muir impersonator Lee Stetson, who will share stories of Muir’s travels and his life. Peter and Donna Thomas will also tell stories of their 2006, 300-mile trek in Muir’s tracks from San Francisco to Yosemite, and Rick Deutsch (AKA “Mr. Half Dome”) who has climbed Half Dome 31 times, will talk about this most popular day hike in the world, which Muir climbed as well. There is also a nature hike being offered at Bean Creek Preserve in Greeley Hill by the Foothill Conservancy.

Tours will also be available as part of the John Muir Festival for an additional fee. Among them, the Northern Mariposa County History Center will offer a 3-hour tour along the route Muir traveled and wrote about in “My First Summer in the Sierra,” and Grimes Getaways will offer an exhilarating and challenging bicycle tour along J132/Historic John Muir Route from Groveland to Coulterville and back, stopping in Coulterville for lunch…”

Additional festival information can be found on the John Muir Geotourism Center website. The Event Coordinator is Debbie Cook (209.878.3227).