The event begins Friday, May 30th at 5 p.m. with Fundraiser Silent Auction and Celebration all around town. Muir’s great, great grandson, Robert Hanna, will share photos and family tidbits from the family’s archives. As part of the evening event, the historic town of Coulterville will be offering additional nature films (Yosemite: A Gathering Spirit) and activities that include a wine & cheese tasting, Country style dinner with live music, and an amazing silent auction with more wine & desserts.

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Fundraiser Silent Auction and Celebration in Coulterville from 5-9PM

The fundraiser will support youth education programs and workshops planned for this summer.

At the Odd Fellows Hall

  5:15- 6:00 PM

Film Showing of Yosemite: A Gathering Spirit, a documentary film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to honor the 150th anniversary of the landmark federal act signed by Abraham Lincoln that preserved Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This act, the first time a government set aside land for public use and enjoyment, gave birth to the national park idea. Yosemite Conservancy partnered with renowned filmmakers, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to bring this amazing time in America’s conservation history to life.

  6:00-6:20 PM–Multiple short films

1- Youth In Yosemite Short Film Contest Winner: “Greeley Hill Kids Discover Hidden History”

One of the categories for the youth films at Yosemite’s Range of Light Film Festival was, “What Yosemite Means to Me” and students from Greeley Hill and from three schools, Mariposa High School, Coulterville High School, and Greeley Hill Goldrush Charter School presented a fantastic film.  The film won Honorable Mention and was the only film to be designated as the Most Collaborative Film in the contest. Project was supported by and filmed at the John Muir Geotourism Center and the Northern Mariposa County History Center.

2- John Muir Experience: May of 2013 a pilot youth education project was launched.  Here you will see and hear from the youth that participated from surrounding areas that “walked in the shoes of John Muir”.  The short film introduces the program concept that the John Muir Geotourism Center will be expanding during the summer of 2014.

3- Trailer of movie that will be shown Saturday night, 31st- Nature Kids.

Nature Kids is a feature length documentary film that explores the consequences of an indoor childhood and the adventures of the natural world. Featuring best-selling author, Richard Louv (Last Child in the Woods) and TV’s Dr. Scott Sampson (Dinosaur Train).

   6:30-7:30 PM – Meet John Muir’s Great-Great Grandson

Range of Light® founder, Robert Hanna, has spent his entire life in and around the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He is the great-great-grandson of the famous conservationist, John Muir, and continues to carry on his family’s legacy in being a voice in protecting and preserving our parks and places of natural beauty. Hanna’s presentation will uncover and describe the many sides of Muir and take you through a very up-close and personal look at his life as can only be told by his family. With family stories and never before seen photos and writings, this is truly an exciting evening and one not to be missed.

  7:45-8:00pm – Repeat of Multiple Short films


5-8PM the Northern Mariposa County History Museum hosts local wine and cheese tasting among the great historical exhibits.

5-8 PM the Coulter Café will serve a Country Style dinner with music from Lance Canales & The Flood on the patio.

5-9PM the John Muir Geotourism Center will a hold a fabulous silent auction with items from $50 to $1000’s up for bid and more wine tasting with yummy desserts.

5-9PM  On-going Silent Auction with fantastic and fun items for purchase

5-9PM Saturday Festival Speakers will be available for questions & book signing

5-9PM Learn about new exhibits in the Center

7-9PM Surprise Wine Tasting

8:45 PM Auction closes

9-PM – Auction winners pick up their items.

Friday Night Fun will also include door prizes and surprises.

All for just $50 per adult, $20 for under 21 and children 12 & under free when accompanied by parent.

Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Lake McClure Horseshoe Bend launches a day of exploring how hiking healed Muir and now heals combat veterans of recent wars and families with speakers and activities.  Click on photo collage of the nationally known speakers lined up for the festival for more information and links to their sites.

Lance Canales & The Flood perform Friday night

Lance Canales & The Flood perform Friday night

Speakers L-R: Gobin, McKenzie, Ross, Ballentine, Hanna

Speakers L-R: Gobin, McKenzie, Ross, Ballentine, Hanna. Click for more info


Jerry-and-the-Atrics play on Saturday

Geri & the Atrics have fun and share the stage on Saturday









Sequoia plays Saturday sharing Muir's Celtic, but livening it up with Bluegrass and Rockn'Roll!

Sequoia plays Saturday with Muir’s Celtic, but livening it up with Bluegrass and Rock n Roll!






Saturday festival activities start off with “Early BIrd” Bean Creek Preserve Nature Hike at 8:30 am. Meet at Horseshoe Bend entrance- sign up here. There is no stop to the all day music, signature speakers, nature workshops, Kids Only John Muir Nature Adventure, great art, crafts, natural products, lots of different kinds of food, Family Hikes led by Cindy Ross, Warrior Hike led by Sean Gobin and lots of educational presentations.

Special appearances by Muir Ramble Route hikers Peter and Donna Thomas in their Gypsy Wagon Artists Bookmobile.  Both are bookbinders and papermakers, and will be demonstrating their skills during the day.You can also have your eyes checked at the Lions Club Eye-Mobile.


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Lake McClure Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area from 10am-4PM and back to Coulterville from 5-7PM

Early Bird nature lovers meet at 8:30am at the entrance gate at Horseshoe Bend for nature hike on Bean Creek Preserve and at 10am the fun starts at Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area.  Enjoy music groups Sequoia (Celtic, Bluegrass and R&R) and local yokels, Jerry-and-the-Atrics. Hear keynote speakers Cindy Ross-acclaimed writer and triple-crown hiker, Sean Gobin- founder of Warrior Hike “walk off the war”, Kenny Ballentine-award winning Nature Kids film maker and Len McKenzie-long time Yosemite naturalist share stories on how nature hikes heal children, families and returning war vets and why volunteering is important component for nature appreciation and conservation.
Families get ready for a special For Kids Only Muir Adventure, free workshops on how to journal, how to sketch, create crafts with nature-found resources, Rock Wall, and other fun youth and adult activity booths.
In keeping with the theme “Nature Hikes Heal the Body & Soul”, sign up for free family hikes or the Warrior Hike led by Sean.
You won’t go hungry with great food vendors and you’ll have some serious shopping opportunities at the art, photography, woodworking, natural crafts and other booths showing off their wares. You can even have your eyes checked at the Lions Club EyeMobile, it’s Free!

All this fun is just $10 for Adults, $8 for seniors 62+ and children 12 & under free when accompanied by parent.

AFTER 4PM, as the festival at Horseshoe Bend winds down, so head back to Coulterville for a special 5PM showing of the award-winning film Nature Kids and opportunity to meet and talk with its producer Kenny Ballentine.  At the VFW post Vets can meet with Sean Gobin and share stories and libations, while at the JMGC center Cindy Ross will be showing photos of her epic family hikes with an opportunity for an interactive conversation.

Stay at the Yosemite Gold Country Lodge-  Ask for your 15% Festival Discount


All Roads Lead to the 5th Annual John Muir Festival!

All Roads Lead to the 5th Annual John Muir Festival! CLICK to Enlarge Map





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Other Lodging Offers in Surrounding Area


Campers- Make your reservations early at Horseshoe Bend Campground.  Arrive first for the fun!