Visit California’s National Parks and Monuments From Your Couch As KCET Presents 7-Hour Presidents’ Day Huell Howser Marathon

Allison Gray

Starting Feb. 19, Seldom-Seen Collection of Howser Episodes

To Premiere Weekdays at 7 p.m.

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(Photo courtesy of KCET)




Burbank, Calif. – Jan. 24, 2018 – KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, announced today that on Mon., Feb. 19, beloved KCET host Huell Howser will return with a special “National Parks and Monuments” Presidents’ Day Marathon highlighting the best of Huell Howser’s CALIFORNIA’S GOLD and VISITING WITH HUELL HOWSER. The marathon will follow Howser up and down the California coast visiting popular locations such as Nixon’s birthplace, Reagan Ranch, Yosemite National Park and many more.  The marathon will air on Presidents’ Day from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT only on KCET in Southern California.

Additionally, KCET announced that starting on Feb. 19, its primetime schedule will feature some of the most rare and seldom-seen episodes of both CALIFORNIA’S GOLD and VISITING WITH HUELL HOWSER in the 7 p.m. weekdays timeslot.

Howser produced more than 1,000 episodes of various public television series (including CALIFORNIA’S GOLD and VISITING WITH HUELL HOWSER) over the course of 30 years. Working in partnership with Chapman University, which owns the rights to the Huell Howser Archive since the time of Howser’s death in 2013, KCET will treat Southern Californians to this binge-worthy event to ensure that Howser is forever immortalized through his television series dedicated to preserving the culturally diverse and rich history of California.

A Huell Howser online destination lives at kcet.org/huellhowser that includes a schedule of programs, more episodes, clips, articles and news about the legendary host.

KCET’s social media team will launch an exciting Instagram campaign starting Feb. 10 for the nine days leading up to the broadcast marathon resulting in a special 3’ x 3’ mosaic image of Huell.


The President’s Day marathon will be telecast as follows:


CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Nixon’s Birthplace” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 8 a.m.

Visit The Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace with Huell and first daughter Julie Nixon Eisenhower, as she gives a private and personal tour of the farmhouse where her dad was born and raised.


CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Reagan Ranch” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 8:30 a.m. (special one-hour episode)

Huell gets a tour of the Santa Barbara ranch home of President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, who named it Rancho del Cielo. Huell hears stories about the historic events that took place there, as well as more personal stories from a former secret service agent assigned to President Reagan.

CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Barack Obama’s California College Days” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 9:30 a.m. You’re invited to watch this exclusive bonus interview with Eric Moore – one of Barack Obama’s former classmates. There are also three rare photos taken by Moore that are included in the bonus footage.

CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Emperor and the President” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 10 a.m.

Like other states, the hierarchy of California’s government begins with our Governor and weaves its way down through offices such as Secretary of State, Attorney General and Senator. What is surprising about California is that we once had an Emperor and a President.

CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Fire Lookout” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Travel with Huell to Sequoia National Forest to visit historic Buck Rock Fire Lookout. Established in the early 1900s, Buck Rock Lookout was one of the first fire detection locations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Devil’s Postpile” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 11 a.m.

Located in the Eastern Sierras, the Devil’s Postpile formation is one of nature’s true masterpieces.

CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Tuolumne Meadows” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m.

Huell visits Yosemite’s high country for a walk through spectacular Tuolumne Meadows.

CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Glacier” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 12 p.m.

Join Huell as he hikes high up in the Eastern Sierra to visit the Conness Glacier in a stunning part of the National Forrest.


CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Lassen Volcanic National Park” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m.

Huell visits Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lava flows, jagged craters and steaming sulfur vents make up some of Lassen’s breathtaking landscape.

CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Yosemite Falls Trail” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 1 p.m.

Huell’s off to Yosemite National Park where he walks the newly rehabilitated trails to the base of Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America.

CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Giant Rock” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m.

Giant Rock is considered to be the worlds largest free standing bolder and a long time sacred site for the Native Americans.

CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Mt. San Jacinto” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.

In this adventure, Huell first visits the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which takes passengers from the warm desert floor to a snowy alpine environment in a matter of minutes.

CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Half Dome” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. (special one-hour episode)

Huell has the adventure of a lifetime when he climbs Yosemite’s formidable Half Dome. Join him in this one-hour special documenting his 17-mile round trip trek, along with other avid hikers, to conquer this 4800-foot high landmark.


And in primetime:

CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Kelp” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Huell explores one of California’s biggest and most beautiful forests– the incredible kelp forests off our coast. Travel from Monterey to San Diego to see how kelp grows, how it is harvested and how it finds its way into the common foods we eat.

VISITING WITH HUELL HOWSER “Coastal Cactus Garden” – Mon., Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Tucked away behind the Hamlet at Moonstone Gardens Restaurant in Cambria is an expansive cactus garden. Join Huell as he strolls through this Central Coast gem filled with indigenous and exotic plants.

Join the conversation on social media using #HuellHowser

About KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 53-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a part of the KCETLink Media Group. Select original programming from KCET is also available for streaming on Apple TV and Roku platforms.



Huell Howser’s CALIFORNIA’S GOLD series features the state's rich history, cultural diversity, natural wonders and amazing people produced over a span of 20 years. The series is owned by Chapman University and can be accessed for free at www.chapman.edu/huellhowser.

The joy that the late TV legend Huell Howser shared with generations of Californians infuses a permanent exhibit, sponsored by the Automobile Club of Southern California, housed in Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries in Orange, Calif.  The exhibit includes images and artifacts that outline Howser’s career and legacy in California.  Chapman is also home to the Huell Howser Archive, which houses the broadcaster's television shows, papers and research materials, and offers free viewing online of hundreds of Huell's TV episodes.The CALIFORNIA’S GOLD exhibit is open to the public, with free admission, Tues-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Sundays and Mondays).  For more information please visit https://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives


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