On Saturday, June 8, Big Basin Redwoods State Park kicks off its 100-day Centennial Celebration. Big Basin is California’s oldest state park, established under the leadership of photographer Andrew P. Hill and the Sempervirens Club as the 19th-century logging boom threatened to destroy the last of the coastal redwoods. The park is home to the largest continuous stand of ancient redwoods south of San Francisco, with more than 80 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails; 181 car camping sites; tent cabins; backpacking camps; and a visitors center. In conjunction with the centennial celebration, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History is sponsoring two exhibitions, one on Andrew Hill’s photography and another on Ed Rosso’s “indigenous art,” created from materials he collected on his walks through the redwoods. Other related exhibits will be hosted by San Lorenzo Valley Art Museum, Saratoga Historical Museum and Santa Cruz Art League. Mark your calendars now for Big Basin’s Centennial Festival on September 14-15. (Call 831-425-1234 or vist www.mountainparks.org; for the Santa Cruz Museum, call 831-429-1964.)
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