“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in,
where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.”

John Muir

February 15, 16, 2014, San Francisco, CA- Lee Stetson, well known for his Muir portrayal in “Our National Parks,” shared quotes of John Muir’s wisdom at San Francisco’s showing of Ken Burns’ “Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirits.” It was all part of the festivities at the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park on February 15 &16, 2014, to engage the senses and love of nature while offering movie-goers a chance to be involved with the environmental action movement John Muir helped create.

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Lincoln Grant of Yosemite, the John Muir Geotourism Center sponsored Lee Stetson’s appearance supporting the theme- “Nature Hikes Heal Body & Soul: Stories from John Muir 1868 to Warrior Hike 2014-” to announce the 5th Annual “All Things Muir” festival. The festival takes place on May 30th & 31st along the original route Muir followed on his first journey to Yosemite Valley. It features speakers and events at the Lake McClure Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area as well as in the town of Coulterville, CA, where the JMG Center will be hosting special guest speakers.

Kicking off the 2014 festivities at 5 pm Friday night, May 30th, Muir’s Great-great Grandson, Robert Hanna, will share photos and family tidbits from Muir-Hanna archives. The town of Coulterville will be offering additional activities including a silent auction and wine tasting.

Saturday morning, 31st at 10am launches a day of exploring how hiking healed John Muir and now heals combat veterans of recent wars. Cindy Ross, acclaimed author/photographer and Triple Crown hiker (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail & Continental Divide) will share tales from the trails and insights about the value and importance of sharing the natural world with your children.

Sean Gobin, founder of Warrior Hike will tell why “long-distance thru-hiking” is healing returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq. He will lead a special Warrior Hike during the day. Additional speakers will include Len McKenzie, long time YNP Chief Naturalist and Audubon leader offering a call for nature volunteers to help preserve the environment that John Muir so loved and fought to protect.

Other activities will include craft faire, nature walks along John Muir’s 1868 My First Summer in the Sierra path, great music from Muir loving bands and musicians, and activities for youth of all ages.

For details of locations, times and activities visit: http://johnmuir.us/jmgc-news or call 209-878-3501 or email info@johnmuir.us
Teri Graf-Pulvino
JMGC BOD Vice President
(650) 346 1715