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College of the Pacific
Wendell Phillips Center, Office 110
Dr. Rena Fraden
College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Welcome to the John Muir Center

John Muir in his pear orchard at his Martinez home, circa 1912

The Practical John Muir: A Symposium
March 23-24, 2018  

Registraton has closed for Friday's bus trip to Yosemite National Park and for the Saturday symposium. However, the Friday evening reception is free and open to the public.

Friday March 23 -- All day field trip to Yosemite National Park Leave by motor coach from the University of the Pacific at 8 a.m.
Muir enthusiast and reenactor Frank Helling will discuss the history, geology, and natural history of the Central Valley, Sierra Nevada, and Yosemite. Once in Yosemite, "John Muir" will lead us on a walk to the base of Yosemite Falls and tell stories of his adventures in the Valley. Lunch included. Return to Pacific around 5:30 p.m.   

Friday evening 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. -- Welcoming Reception in the University Library, home of the John Muir Papers. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.    

Saturday, March 24  -- Symposium the University of the Pacific's Grace Covell Hall
Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with coffee and scones. Presentations by Robert Hanna, Matt Blessing, Peter and Donna Thomas, Lee Stetson, Bob Hare, Dean King and Langdon Moss, Bill Youngs, and student scholars of Muir. Lunch included. Symposium ends at 5 p.m.   

Detailed Program

Questions? Email Dr. Bill Swagerty or Professor Mike Wurtz

The John Muir Center promotes the study of John Muir and environmentalism at the University of the Pacific and beyond.

Center Objectives

As one of California's most important historical figures, John Muir (1838-1914) was a regional naturalist with global impact. His papers, housed in the library's Holt-Atherton Special Collections, are among the University's most important resources for scholarly research.

Recognizing the need both to encourage greater utilization of the John Muir Papers by the scholarly community, and the need to promote the study of California and its impact upon the global community, the John Muir Center was established in 1989 with the following objectives:

  • To foster a closer academic relationship between Pacific and the larger community of scholars, students and citizens interested in regional and environmental studies.
  • To provide greater opportunities for research and publication by Pacific faculty and students.
  • To offer opportunities for out-of-classroom learning experiences.
  • To promote multi-disciplinary curricular development.

Explore our website to learn more about the resources and programs offered by the John Muir Center.


Muir Looking at Planet