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Resources for Grade 4
John Muir's California


Yosemite National Park

  • Shirley Sargent. John Muir In Yosemite. Flying Spur Press. 1971. A free leaflet about the park is also available from:

    National Park Service
    Yosemite National Park
    Yosemite, California 95389

Mount Ritter

  • For Muir's classic description of his first ascent in 1872, see Edwin Way Teale's The Wilderness World of John Muir , pages. 246-250.

  • A booklet with historical illustrations reprinting Muir's 1880 Scribner's Monthly description of this climb is entitled "In the Heart of the California Alps", published by:

    Outbooks
    Box 2006
    Olympic Valley, California 95730
    (916) 583-5315

    Also available from John Muir National Historic Site .

Yuba River

  • See Muir's description of his exciting experience in a wind-storm (December 1874) in Edwin Way Teale's The Wilderness World of John Muir, Houghton Mifflin, page 181.

Inyo Earthquake

  • See Muir's exciting description of the 1872 Inyo Earthquake, in Edwin Way Teale's The Wilderness World of John Muir, Houghton Mifflin, pages 165-169, taken from Muir's book Our National Parks.

  • A longer version may be found in Stetson's, The Wild Muir, pages 73-81, excerpted from Muir's The Yosemite.

Mount Shasta

Yosemite Valley

  • "The Fight for Recession" of Yosemite Valley from the state to the federal government is described in Chapter 9 of John Muir by Eden Force.

  • Innumerable writings about Yosemite Valley today are available.

  • There are many on-line resources about Yosemite National Park .

Sequoia National Park

  • Compare Sequoia trees (largest) to Coast Redwood trees (tallest). Free descriptive brochure available from:

    National Park Service
    Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
    Three Rivers, California 93721
  • Check your library for many other references.

Muir Woods National Monument

  • Free descriptive brochure available from:

    National Park Service
    Muir Woods National Monument
    Mill Valley, California 94941
  • Muir Woods by Jim Morely, Berkeley: Howell/North Books, 1968.

Hetch Hetchy Valley

  • The definitive account of the campaign to protect Hetch Hetchy is in Holway Jones, John Muir and the Sierra Club, Sierra Club Books , 1965.

  • For a brief description explaining both the history and current issues, see article by Carl Pope in Sierra magazine, Nov-Dec, 1987.

  • For a full unit plan for this age group on the Hetch Hetchy controversy, past and present, see A Child's Place in the Environment , Unit 4, Lesson 13.

  • Websites:
    History of Hetch Hetchy Valley
    Restore Hetch Hetchy

John Muir National Historic Site

  • Free descriptive brochure from:

    National Park Service
    John Muir National Historic Site
    4202 Alhambra Ave.
    Martinez, California 94553
  • Also available for a small charge from the Site is a 15 page booklet, John Muir National Historic Site by Ariel Rubbisow, with large color photographs of the Site.

Kings Canyon National Park

  • A reprint of an 1891 Century magazine article by Muir, published by:

    Outbooks
    Box 2006
    Olympic Valley, California 95730
    [(916) 583-5315]

    describes "A Rival of the Yosemite: The Canon of the South Fork of Kings River, California".


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