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Past Events

2019
Pear & Wine Festival
Moraga Pear and Wine Festival

Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 11:00am to 3:00pm
Moraga Commons Park
Come stop by JMLT’s booth at the Moraga Pear and Wine Fest. This family friendly event features live music, wine tasting, and everything pear- pear pies, pear jam, pear tarts, and pear cider! Come learn about the Campaign to Save Almond Ranch!

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Martinez Farmers Market for Almond Ranch

Sunday, September 15th | 10AM – 2PM
Main St & Estudillo St, Martinez
Come meet John Muir Land Trust at Martinez’s warm and welcoming Farmers Market! Learn about the Campaign to Save Almond Ranch—the stunning 281-acre property a few miles south of downtown Martinez. Learn about the major grant we’ve received launching us towards completing the project. Learn about the Farmers Market here.

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East Bay Hills Hike

Wednesday, August 28 - September 1, 2019
East Bay Regional Parks
Join our partners, the Bay Area Ridge Trail, on a supported 5-day hike through East Bay Regional Parks and John Muir Land Trust land. Flexible hiking options available. More information and registration.

JMLT Open House
National Night Out Celebration

Tuesday, August 6 | 6pm-9pm
Alhambra Christmas Tree Farm | 2647 Reliez Valley Road, Martinez
Join John Muir Land Trust and get to know your neighbors at this annual community-building public event. JMLT will be sharing about our Almond Ranch project.

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Twilight at Fernandez Ranch

Thursday August 8th, 2019 | 5:30 - 9:30pm  
Fernandez Ranch | 1081 Christie Road, Martinez, CA 94553
A community event to experience the agricultural heritage and natural wonders of the East Bay Hills. Free, open to the public and kid friendly! Come enjoy wildlife, stargazing, hiking, music, food, and more! 

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Carr Ranch Bio-Diversity Family Hike

Sunday, July 14th, 2019 | 10am - noon 
Carr Ranch | 2101 Camino Pablo, Moraga, CA 94556 | Public Event, RSVP Necessary
We recommend dressing in layers in case of changing weather. Wear hiking shoes and a sunhat. Make sure to bring a full water bottle and a snack. We love dogs too, but please leave them at home as dogs are not allowed on the trails we will be hiking. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hannah Hodgson with John Muir Land Trust. Please RSVP.

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Celebration of Paul Craig’s Life

Friday, June 28, 2019 | 4-6:30pm
Fernandez Ranch | 1081 Christie Road, Martinez, CA 94553 (Directions)
Paul P. Craig (AKA Hamilton Fish) was a beloved friend of John Muir Land Trust. He was a remarkable man who made a difference in the lives of so many people throughout our nation. Paul also served on the JMLT Board of Directors and Stewardship Committee. Please join us for a Celebration of Paul Craig’s Life on Friday June 28th at Fernandez Ranch, 1081 Christie Road, Martinez starting at 4pm. Attire "Paul Craig Hiking Clothes". For questions: Call Krista Vossekuil at John Muir Land Trust (925) 228-5040..

Pure Muire Gala 2019
Wildlife Festival

Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 11:30am-4:30pm
350 Camino Pablo next to Wagner Ranch School in Orinda
Join Friends of Wagner Ranch Nature area at the beautiful historic ranch and 18-acre nature preserve, rarely open to the public. Join a variety of activities for all ages, especially kids. John Muir Land Trust will share information about the Campaign to Save Painted Rock and host family activities, see you there! Family Friendly. Free Admission.
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Pure Muire Gala 2019
30th Anniversary Pure Muir Gala

Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 4-9pm
John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez
Join us for our festive annual celebration of open space in the East Bay! Enjoy live music, wine, gourmet dinner, live auction, and the splendid company of hundreds of JMLT supporters.

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Moraga Farmers Market

Sunday, April 14, 2019
Moraga Center and Moraga Way, in Moraga Center
Come meet John Muir Land Trust at Moraga’s award-winning Farmers Market! Give input about Painted Rocks' recreational plans and speak with us about the Campaign to Save Painted Rock before its close date in May. More Farmers Market info here and Painted Rock info here.

Pure Muire Gala 2019
John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 10am-4pm
John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez
John Muir inspired people all over the world to “keep close to nature’s heart.” In this spirit, we celebrate John Muir’s birthday at his former home, along with Earth Day, which brings us closer to knowing our planet and practical ways to help it thrive. Event sponsored by John Muir Association and the John Muir National Historic Site.
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Irrigation Work Party at Fernandez

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 10am-1pm
Fernandez Ranch, 1081 Christie Rd Martinez, CA 94553
Come help JMLT remove old irrigation at Fernandez Ranch among the oak-studded slopes and freshwater wetlands above Rodeo Creek. Bring gloves, water, a snack, and wear long sleeves and pants (there may be poison oak and ticks). Rain cancels. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hannah Hodgson with John Muir Land Trust.

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You’re invited! Plan A Park — Public Meeting

Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 5:30-9pm
Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga, CA 94556
As the May deadline approaches, John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) seeks funds to protect the 84-acre property in Lamorinda known as Painted Rock. Come help us Plan a Park!

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JMLT Open House
Plant Life Hike

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Fernandez Ranch, 1081 Christie Rd Martinez, CA 94553
Join State Botanist, Dr. Dean Kelch and Open Space Ranger, Glen Lewis to learn about local flora and land conservation from 10am – 1pm. This event is free and fun for all. Please Rsvp here and if you have any questions, feel free to contact Heidi Petty with Contra Costa Resource Conservation District at hpetty@ccrcd.org

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Trail Run with Martinez Beavers Running Club

Sunday, January 27, 2019
Fernandez Ranch, 1081 Christie Rd Martinez, CA 94553
The Martinez Beavers Run Club (MBRC) was established in 2017 as a way to bring people together through a shared interest in running. Everyone is welcome to attend the events: road/trail, 5k/ultramarathoners, residents/non-residents. Have fun, meet amazing people and experience all of the cool things Martinez has to offer! They hit the trails at 8:30am and are back in the parking lot by 9:30am. Follow “Martinez Beavers Run Club” on Facebook for more information.

JMLT Open House
Willow Staking Work Party

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Fernandez Ranch, 1081 Christie Rd Martinez, CA 94553
Join John Muir Land Trust to plant willow trees at Fernandez Ranch. Get your hands dirty! Rain cancels. We will be cutting willow tree branches from the creek and staking the cuttings in the soil; this method is called live willow staking. Bring gloves, water, a snack, loppers if you have them and wear a long sleeve shirt (there may be poison oak). Please RSVP here. If you have any questions, contact hannah@jmlt.org

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Columbia Sportswear Winter Trails Day

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Columbia Sportswear, 1414 Harbour Way Richmond, CA
Come hang out with JMLT and Columbia Sportswear for Winter Trails Day on Saturday January 12th. There will be food trucks, music, community booths, and loads of sportswear for sale! This event is to inspire the East Bay to get outside this winter and enjoy all of the marvelous trails that surround us!

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2018

JMLT Open House
Mt. Bike Ride with Bicycle Trails Council East Bay

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Fernandez Ranch, 1081 Christie Rd Martinez, CA 94553
The Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay invites you to their monthly Mt. Bike Ride open to the public. They offer ride groups for ALL SKILL LEVELS, from novice to intermediate to advanced. All rides are ‘no-drop’ rides (they won’t leave you behind or let you get lost) and are fully supported. A novice rider should be able to ride 8-10 miles on hilly fire roads and narrow trails for 2.5 hrs. Visit event page for more information.

JMLT Open House
JMLT Open House Celebration

Thursday, October 25
JMLT Office, 924 Main Street, Martinez
Come celebrate an outstanding year of conservation accomplishments with JMLT supporters, volunteers, and staff. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music in a casual setting. Learn about new campaigns to protect open space in the East Bay. Don’t miss one of our favorite events of the year!

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Pear & Wine Festival
Moraga Pear and Wine Festival

Saturday, September 22
Moraga Commons Park
Come stop by JMLT’s booth at the Moraga Pear and Wine Fest. This family friendly event features live music, wine tasting, and everything pear- pear pies, pear jam, pear tarts, and pear cider!

Details to come

JMLT Open House
National Night Out Celebration

Tuesday, August 7 | 6pm-9pm
Alhambra Christmas Tree Farm | 2647 Reliez Valley Road, Martinez
Join John Muir Land Trust and get to know your neighbors at this annual community-building public event. JMLT will be sharing about our Almond Ranch project and hosting a craft for kids!

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Twilight
Twilight at Fernandez Ranch

Thursday, August 16 | 5:30pm-9:30pm
Fernandez Ranch | 1081 Christie Road, Martinez, CA 94553
Explore the places that make the East Bay special with the whole family! Come on out to Fernandez Ranch for an evening of stargazing, food trucks, play with llamas, and interact with local reptiles and amphibians.

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Martinez Beaver Festival - The Beavers are Back!

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 11-4pm
Corner of Estudillo & Susana Street, Martinez
Join us to welcome the beavers back to Martinez! We will be hosting a John Muir Land Trust community booth there.

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Hike at Fernandez Ranch & Information Sharing

Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 10:00am-1:00pm
1081 Christie Road, Martinez
Join us for a guided hike with Glen Lewis of JMLT and Dean Kelch, Botanist, of Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center (CREEC). Please dress appropriately for a hike in the sunshine. Wear closed toed shoes, a hat and long pants.

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Tree Planting at Fernandez Ranch

Friday, May 11, 2018 | 10:00am - 2:00pm
Fernandez Ranch Parking Lot, 1081 Christie Road in Martinez
John Muir Land Trust seeks the help of up to 20 volunteers to plant oak trees along Rodeo Creek at its 1,185-acre Fernandez Ranch Property. Join us for coffee and donuts Friday, May 11 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at 1081 Christie Road in Martinez as we kick off our restoration day!

Pure Muir Gala

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 5-9pm
John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez
Hold the date for our festive annual celebration of open space in the East Bay! Enjoy music, wine, gourmet dinner, live auction and the splendid company of hundreds of JMLT supporters. A must for your calendar!

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Walk and Talk with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker

Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 10:00am
Carr Ranch | Rancho Laguna Park | 2101 Camino Pablo, Morgana
An enjoyable spring outing at Carr Ranch with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker. Baker has represented the 16th Assembly District since December, 2014, and she is a highly respected and enthusiastic advocate for open space in Contra Costa County. See flyer for details and RSVP information.

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2017

Carr Ranch Hikes

Saturday, November 11 | 10am
Rancho Laguna Park, 2101 Camino Pablo, Moraga, CA 94556
Thanks to everyone who attended the Carr Ranch Grand Opening on the 14th. It was fun to see you! We’ve rescheduled the hikes on Carr Ranch that were planned for that day and postponed due to poor air quality. Join us!

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JMLT Open House
JMLT Open House Celebration

Thursday, November 2nd | 5-8 pm, short program 6:30 pm
JMLT Office, 924 Main Street, Martinez
Come celebrate another outstanding year of conservation accomplishments with JMLT supporters, volunteers and staff. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Learn about new campaigns to protect special properties in the East Bay. Don’t miss one of our favorite events of the year!

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Carr Ranch Dedication & Opening

Saturday October 14th | 10am – 2pm
Moraga, CA
Please mark your calendars! The event is in the planning stages, but we’ll have a dedication ceremony, guided hikes on the property, music, food, and fun for the whole family.

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NorCal Kids Triathlon 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Miramonte High School, Orinda
We’re a sponsor! NCKT is a Super Sprint Triathlon that encourages young people to try something new, remain active and be healthy.

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Opening of Newly Expanded Fernandez Ranch

Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 10am - 2pm
Fernandez Ranch, Hercules
Now twice as beautiful! The property formerly known as Franklin Canyon is merging into one new 1,185-acre Fernandez Ranch with hours of new trails to explore and more gorgeous views. Come celebrate with us.

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Pure Muir Gala

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 5-9 pm
Campana Farm, Moraga
Hold the date for our festive annual celebration of open space in the East Bay! Enjoy music, wine, gourmet dinner, live auction and the splendid company of hundreds of JMLT supporters. A must for your calendar!

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Take It Outside California!

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 1pm - 4pm
John Muir National Historic Site
Fun outdoor events are being held state-wide. The John Muir National Historic Site is open from 10am - 5pm with activities for the whole family. JMLT will be there from 1pm - 4pm. Come learn about our mobile app tours, take a tour of nearby Mt. Wanda using your smartphone, visit John Muir’s house, and enjoy a great day outdoors! For directions and more info on John Muir National Historic Site go here.

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John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 10am-4pm
John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez
John Muir inspired people all over the world to “keep close to nature’s heart.” In this spirit, we celebrate John Muir’s birthday at his former home, along with Earth Day, which brings us closer to knowing our planet and practical ways to help it thrive.

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Grand Opening Ceremony for the Hercules Path to Transit

Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 11:30am-2:30pm
At the intersection of John Muir Parkway and Bayfront Boulevard, Hercules
Join one and all for the marking of a major milestone for Hercules and come celebrate our connections to the Bay!

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2016

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Mushroom Walk at Fernandez Ranch

Sunday, December 11, 2016 | 10:30-12:30 pm
California Center for Natural History
It's mushroom season! Join CCNH for a walk through the oak woodlands of Fernandez Ranch looking for chanterelles, boletes and a variety of visually stunning fungi. Damon Tighe, a local mycologist, will identify what’s popping and discuss the role of fungi in the ecosystem. Please note that we will not be collecting or tasting mushrooms. RSVP

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Moraga Historical Society 51st Anniversary Banquet

Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 11:30am
Dryden Hall of Saint Mary’s College
JMLT Executive Director Linus Eukel is featured. Linus will be speaking about the acquisition of 604-acre Carr Ranch.
Members: $30 | Non-Members: $35
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JMLT Open House Celebration

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 5-8 pm, short program 6:30 pm
JMLT Office, 924 Main Street, Martinez
Come celebrate another outstanding year of conservation accomplishments with JMLT supporters, volunteers and staff. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music by Charles Wheal Band. Learn what’s next on our horizon. Don’t miss one of our favorite events of the year!
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The Fate of Our Public Lands

Saturday, September 24, 2016 | 6:30 – 9:00pm
David Brower Center, Berkeley
JMLT is co-sponsoring a lively discussion of the Sagebrush Rebellion and what it means for the future of the West. Panelists are editors and writers from the highly respected magazine, High Country News. Tickets are $25 in advance.
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Walk and Talk with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker

Saturday, September 10, 2016 | 9-10:30am
Acalanes Ridge, Pleasant Hill
An enjoyable late summer outing on a JMLT property with spectacular panoramic views. Assemblywoman Baker has represented the 16th Assembly District since December, 2014, and she is a highly respected and enthusiastic advocate for open space in Contra Costa.
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NorCal Kids Triathlon 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016
Miramonte High School, Orinda
We’re a sponsor! NCKT is a Super Sprint Triathlon that encourages young people to try a new activity, remain active and be healthy.
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Stargazing Event

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 | 5:30 - 9:30pm
Fernandez Ranch, Martinez
John Muir Land Trust and Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society invite you to spend an evening exploring
the night sky!
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National Night Out at Alhambra Christmas Tree Farm

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | 6-9pm
2647 Reliez Valley Road, Martinez
JMLT will be there! National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.
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National Trails Day

Saturday, June 4, 2016 | morning
Acalanes Ridge, Lafayette
About 25 volunteers will perform trail maintenance.

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Moraga Community Faire

Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 11 am – 4 pm
Rheem Valley Shopping Center, Moraga
The 10th Annual Moraga Community Faire & Car Show is hosted by the Moraga Chamber of Commerce. Visit our booth!
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Wildflower Walk at Fernandez Ranch

Sunday, May 8, 2016 | 9:30am - 12:30pm
Fernandez Ranch, Hercules
CCNH is hosting a casual Mother’s Day stroll through the rolling green hills of our own Fernandez Ranch. Amateur botanists Angela Pai and Lo Scheiner will lead you through beautiful oak woodlands abundant with wildflowers and open vistas.
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Take It Outside California!

Sunday, May 1, 2016 | 2-4pm
Fernandez Ranch, Hercules
We’re joining organizations across the state in this annual event to host fun outdoor events for you and your family to enjoy. Take a guided tour in Spanish and English of stunning Fernandez Ranch near Hercules—using your smartphone!
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Pure Muir Gala

Saturday, April 30, 2016 | 5-9 pm
Campana Farm, Moraga
Attend our festive annual celebration of open space in Contra Costa. Enjoy music, wine, gourmet dinner, live auction and the splendid company of hundreds of JMLT supporters. A must!
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John Muir’s Birthday – Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 10 am – 4 pm
John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez
Celebrate Earth Day and John Muir’s birthday at his fascinating historic home. Be sure to stop by our table and say hello!
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2015

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JMLT Open House

Thursday, October 22, 2015 | evening
JMLT New Office, Martinez
We welcomed volunteers, donors, and guests to our brand new office space at 924 Main Street in downtown Martinez.
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Stargazing Event

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 | 6:30-9:30pm
Fernandez Ranch
Each year, John Muir Land Trust is proud to host this popular event in partnership with the Mt. Diablo and Eastbay Astronomical Societies and Chabot Space & Science Center.
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Trail Building Weekend

Fri-Sun, August 7-9, 2015
Franklin Canyon, Martinez
Volunteer on the trail, in the kitchen, or at base camp; enjoy a campfire and campout; meet like-minded people, and more.
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