Remembering Muir

John Muir's birthday

Students pose for selfies with John Muir during his birthday celebration on April 21, 2016.

Just like the roots of the mighty oaks surrounding the Stockton Campus, John Muir’s ties to Pacific run deep.

The campus is home to the famed environmentalist’s papers—a treasure trove of journals, sketchbooks and letters—and to the John Muir Center, a resource for scholarship and collaboration between students, scholars and the community.

In March, Pacific students in a John Muir class were able to explore the roots of the founder of the National Park Service during an excursion to his home and final resting place in Martinez, California.

The class—believed to be the only course in the country devoted to Muir’s life—attracts students from majors across the university, including history, geology, environmental studies, English and business.

On April 21, the university community celebrated John Muir’s birthday and his legacy with Scottish Dundee cake and selfies. The celebration occurred, fittingly, on Earth Day and was part of Pacific’s Sustainability Month celebration.

To learn more about John Muir and his connection to Pacific, browse the John Muir Papers in the Holt-Atherton Special Collections on the Stockton Campus or visit

John Muir house Martinez

The John Muir class poses beneath a giant sequoia planted by Muir outside his house in Martinez, CA

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of the Pacific Review.

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