Elephant Seals are large, blubbery creatures with elephantine-like noses. Adult males can grow up to 13 feet in length! The seals were once hunted for their oily fat which was used in oil lamps in the 1800s. The demand for their blubber was so intense that their population plummeted and they were thought extinct. Fortunately, a small population survived on an island off the coast of Mexico and over time their population has returned to California. Año Nuevo State Reserve offers a special opportunity to see these creatures up close and in their natural habitat. The image will be used in the visitor center to help generate revenue for visitor engagement and interpretive programs. Copyright Mark Hougardy.
The Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park is a feast for the eyes. This landscape is a synergy of nature and an elegantly engineered human-made structure. The 115-foot light station was built in 1871 on this prominent section of the coastline to warn ships of dangerous waters. Today, visitors can enjoy the beautiful setting and whale watch. Mark Hougardy’s design will be used on park store items. Revenue from these sales will be used to help fund park visitor and outreach services. Copyright Mark Hougardy.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California’s first and oldest state park. On June 8, 2002, they kicked off 100 days of celebration that include festivities, hikes, speakers, and interpretive events. Actor Clint Eastwood, who is a newly appointed state park commissioner, gave opening remarks.
Mark Hougardy created the poster representing the Centennial. The family seen in the image was modeled after his family; the child is his daughter, she is two years old. It is Mark’s hope that she will witness the park’s Bicentennial. She will be given a copy of the poster signed by celebrities and dignitaries who attended. The trees visualized in the image are just north of the main building and can be easily seen from the single-track road #236. The poster is very simple in design and the first such project of hopefully more to come. Patches, pins, and postcards will be created with a modified image and used to help fund park outreach and interpretive services.
Big Basin consists of more than 18,000 acres of forests, chaparral, and riparian habitats. It is also home to the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco. Visitors can enjoy over 80 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails; 181 car camping sites; tent cabins; backpacking camps; and a visitor center.