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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

Programs and Activities

The objectives of the John Muir Center are implemented through a variety of programs and activities sponsored and promoted by the Center.

Special Events

The John Muir Center hosts special events, public workshops and educational events on John Muir, environmentalism and early California history.

Student Field Trips / Pacific M.O.V.E.

Link opens in new window M.O.V.E. (Mountains, Ocean, Valley Experience) is a unique first-year program designed to welcome new students to the Pacific community by introducing them to the concept of responsible leadership through participation in a series of environmental/service projects.

Freshmen are initiated to the program through a field trip at the beginning of the school year to Yosemite and other prominent natural environments in California. The John Muir Center is integrally involved in Pacific's M.O.V.E. program by advising and leading these trips associated with John Muir's legacy. The Center also supports field trips to the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California.

Symposiums and Conferences

John Muir Looking at Planet

The John Muir Center hosts a regular California History Institute symposium devoted to John Muir's achievements or other aspects of regional/environmental studies. The California History Institute symposium was started at Pacific in 1948 by Dr. Rockwell Hunt.

For a wrap-up of the April 2010 Symposium "John Muir: Naturalist & Scientist," click here.

Nature's Beloved Son book cover

John Muir Publications

A special publications program through the Center includes the John Muir Newsletter, which contains articles and book reviews.

The Center also houses a collection of books about John Muir, such as "Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy" authored by Bonnie Gisel, a respected authority on the life and works of John Muir who was formerly an acting director of the John Muir Center.

Promotion of Green Initiatives on Campus

The John Muir Center encourages students to get involved in sustainability and green initiatives at Pacific. One avenue for involvement is the joining a student organization that focuses on the Environment and Sustainability.


Historical photograph from John Muir Papers, Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. © 1984 Muir-Hanna Trust