Children saved a lighthouse and now you can too

Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse is also known as the Little Red Lighthouse.

Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse known fondly as “The Red Lighthouse”, is only 40 feet high.


The iconic Jeffrey’s Hook lighthouse, NY rose to fame due to the popularity of the book “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge” by Hildegarde W. Swift and Lynd Ward. This story was so compelling that it inspired hundreds of children to write letters that saved the lighthouse. I love books that inspire children to make a difference. 

The lighthouse is located underneath the George Washington Bridge along the treacherous section of the Hudson River once known as Jeffrey’s Hook. The 1880 lighthouse at Fort Washington Park, is one of the few surviving lighthouses in New York City.  Because of the children, although deactivated the lighthouse remains as a symbol of hope. 

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St. Marks Lighthouse

St. Marks Lighthouse is located at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, Florida.


When you buy art on my Paint the Parks page 10% of your purchase is donated to the Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. The friends group is a 501 (c) non profit corporation. All (100%) of your contributions go to support St. Marks Lighthouse and Refuge programs and projects. Join me in Paint the Parks effort to conserve nature for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations. 
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Nourish your spirit and reconnect with Nature 

Egmont Key Lighthouse

Egmont Key Lighthouse is located at Egmont Key Wildlife Preserve near Tampa, Florida.


According to the National Wildlife Refuge, “there is at least one Refuge in each state and one within a one hour’s drive of most major cities” offering a peaceful, accessible and welcome retreat. 
St Marks Lighthouse

St. Marks Wildlife Refuge in Florida is a habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.


The National Wildlife Refuge System is a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve fish, wildlife and plants in the United States. More than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptiles and amphibian species, and more than 200 species of fish are found within Wildlife Refuges. 

For more information on visiting or finding a Wildlife Refuge near you, visit ExploreWildlifePreserve.

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Take A Hike 

St. Marks Lighthouse

St. Marks is located at St. Marks Wildlife Preserve 30 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida.

Today is National Take A Hike Day. Visit your favorite park and enjoy the great outdoors. Check out my Paint the Parks page for a list of parks with lighthouses.

During a hike at St. Mark Wildlife Refuge, you may see deer, wild turkeys, owls, amphibians, reptiles and more. Enjoy a scenic breathtaking view of Florida’s wetland and outdoor recreation. Established in 1931, St. Marks is a habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. During a hike, you may see deer, wild turkeys, owls, amphibians, reptiles and more. 

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse is located at Bug Light Park in South Portland, Maine.


Save a park and lighthouse. When you buy art on my Paint the Parks page 10% of your purchase is donated to the Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. 

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Save Green while going Green

Anclote Key Lighthouse

Explore the quaint seaside town of Tarpon Springs, before catching a tour boat to Anclote Key.


When I painted the Anclote Key Lighthouse, I thought about the signs that I had read along the nature trail leading there. They warned that Florida’s natural habitat was being endangered by invasive erotics. These erotics threaten the vibrant ecosystem that supports some of Florida’s great wildlife, such as manatees, sea turtles and shore birds. This inspired me to used green in the painting to symbolize Florida’s lush natural habitat and to add a few palms trees that were prevalent on the tropical island near Tampa, Florida. 

Anclote is the Spanish word for anchor. The Anclote Key Lighthouse was built in 1887. The tower was fabricated in the north and shipped to the island. It took just three months to assemble it.

St. Marks Lighthouse is located at St. Marks Wildlife Preserve, FL.

St. Marks Lighthouse is located at St. Marks Wildlife Preserve, Florida.


Save a park and lighthouse. Buy a print of Anclote Key Lighthouse and other prints on my Paint the Parks page; 10% of your purchase is donated to the Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. The friends group is a 501 (c) non profit corporation. All (100%) of your contributions go to support Refuge programs and projects. Join me in Paint the Parks effort to conserve nature for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations. For more information, visit my website at elainemarieartist.com

Art with A Purpose 

Cape Florida Lighthouse

Often ranked as one of the top 10 beaches in the US, Cape Florida State Park has it all. Palm trees offer an idyllic setting for kayaking, swimming & exploring nature. The iconic Cape Florida Lighthouse is the oldest structure in South Florida.

“Purposeful and Playful” that’s how a lady characterized my art during my “Voices of Lighthouses” aboard the Lilac Preservation Project in Manhattan, New York. 

I’m so happy she understood the heart of my art…”Purposeful and Playful.” I try my best to promote the preservation of lighthouses in a playful manner. Lighthouse preservation is serious business. But it feels good to help promote such a worthy cause. 

St. Marks Lighthouse

Enjoy a scenic breathtaking view of Florida’s wetland and outdoor recreation at St. Marks National Refuge on the Gulf Coast. Established in 1931, St. Marks is a habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.


My partnership with Paint the Parks is a great opportunity to help a worthy cause. Donations benefit St Marks Lighthouse and St. Marks Wildlife Preserve on Florida’s gulf coast. Ten percent of the purchase of all art on my website’s Paint the Parks page goes to the non profit Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. For more details, check out my Paint the Parks page at elainemarieartist.com. To learn more about Paint the Parks, visit painttheparks.com.

Save a park and a lighthouse while saving money 

St. Marks Lighthouse is Florida's second oldest lighthouse.

St. Marks Lighthouse is Florida’s second oldest lighthouse.

Join me in Paint the Parks effort to conserve nature for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations. Save money for a good cause; I’ve discounted prices for the holidays. 
When you buy lighthouse art on my Paint the Parks page 10% of your purchase is donated to the Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. The friends group is a 501 (c) non profit corporation. All (100%) of your contributions go to support Refuge programs, projects and St. Marks Lighthouse. 
St. Marks Lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse surviving in Florida. The keeper’s house is attached to the 88 foot tower constructed in 1831. It is on the National Register of Historic Sites. Recently restored to its former glory, St. Marks Lighthouse reopened to the public in September 2018 and in October a relighting ceremony was held on its 88th birthday. Your donations help continue the preservation efforts at St. Marks Lighthouse.  


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Tough Breaks 


The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse was built after the breakwater was constructed. Normally a breakwater is built with a lighthouse. A breakwater is built to protect a coastline or inner harbor. Ironically, this breakwater became a navigational hazard to mariners sailing into the Portland Harbor. The first lighthouse was wooden and was built to warn mariners of the hazard. The current lighthouse built in 1874 replaced the decayed wooden structure. 

The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse or Bug Light is inspired by the beautiful Greek Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. It is a magnificent and unique edifice. Once the site of shipbuilding during WWII, Bug Light Park where the lighthouse is located, offers a host of outdoor recreation. 

Save big and join me in conserving a park and a lighthouse. 

I am donating 10% of the proceeds from the purchase of Bug Light and other art on my Paint the Parks page to the Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. The friends group is a 501 (c) non profit corporation. All (100%) of your contributions go to support Refuge programs and projects. 

Help protect our natural resources. Paint the Parks endeavors to conserve nature for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations. 

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