Dec
12
Tue
Hike the Stunt High Trail @ Stunt Ranch Reserve Tickets
Dec 12 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hike the Stunt High Trail @ Stunt Ranch Reserve | Calabasas | California | United States

Discover the bed rock mortars on a moderately paced 6-mile, 1000’ gain hike through a beautiful riparian canyon and chaparral with great sandstone outcroppings in the Santa Monica Mountains. Meet 8:30 AM Stunt High trailhead.

From 101 Ventura Fwy take Valley Circle/Mulholland Dr exit south, turn right on Valmar Rd (becomes Old Topanga Cyn Rd), right on Mulholland Hwy for 3½ miles, left on Stunt Rd for 1 mile, park on dirt shoulder on right. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Dec
14
Thu
Hike to Buzzard’s Roost @ Lower Newton Canyon Backbone Trail Tickets
Dec 14 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Hike to Buzzard's Roost @ Lower Newton Canyon Backbone Trail | Malibu | California | United States

Moderately paced 8 mile, 1400’ gain hike on a scenic trail through a lovely canyon, then on a fire road with great mountain and ocean views, to Buzzard’s Roost. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Newton Canyon Trailhead on west side of Kanan Rd just north of Tunnel 1 (3rd tunnel from 101). Bring 2 quarts water, lunch, sturdy hiking footwear, hat, and sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Dec
16
Sat
Best Hikes: Santa Monica Mountains, 9:30 FULL, alternate times available @ Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Dec 16 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Best Hikes: Santa Monica Mountains, 9:30 FULL, alternate times available @ Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center | Calabasas | California | United States

Join Casey Schreiner, founder of ModernHiker.com and author of the book Day Hiking Los Angeles, for a presentation on some of the best hikes in and around the Santa Monica Mountains. Schreiner will also hold a brief Q&A session and sell and sign copies of his book.

9:30 am presentation is full.

11:30 am presentation is full.

2:00 pm presentations are still open.

Limited seating; reservations required. Email samo@wnpa.org or call 805-370-2301 for reservations and/or more info.

Malibu Creek Welcome Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Malibu Creek Welcome Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park | Calabasas | California | United States

Join a docent for a walk along the creek and through a wooded valley. Learn about the area’s animals, plants, early inhabitants, and movies filmed in the park. Meet at the lower parking lot by the restrooms for this leisurely two hour walk.

Winter Solstice Hike @ Franklin Canyon Tickets
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Winter Solstice Hike @ Franklin Canyon | Beverly Hills | California | United States

Join us for an evening hike marking the astronomical beginning of winter as it will be the shortest day and longest night of the year. Hike up a moderate trail at sunset, identifying plants and stopping at a spectacular viewpoint overlook to discuss seasonal changes, identify planets and constellations. Meet at Ranch House parking lot. Hiking in the Lower Franklin Canyon area. Hike will take approximately 2.5 hrs. Please come dressed for changing temperatures and bring water.

P​arking lot address: 1936 Lake Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Parking lot coordinates: 34.106946, -118.415251​

Dec
24
Sun
Beach and Wetlands Birdwatching @ Malibu Lagoon State Beach Tickets
Dec 24 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Beach and Wetlands Birdwatching @ Malibu Lagoon State Beach | Malibu | California | United States

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society presents a morning of birdwatching. Adult Walk 8:30 a.m. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. 40-75 species depending on season.

We look at everything during this leisurely walk to the beach. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

Wheelchair accessible on the crushed granite path to the beach, after that it’s just beach sand.

Directions: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.

Parking: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

Birdwatching for Young Children and Parents @ Malibu Lagoon State Beach Tickets
Dec 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Birdwatching for Young Children and Parents @ Malibu Lagoon State Beach | Malibu | California | United States

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society presents a morning of birdwatching.
Children and Parents Walk 10:00 a.m. – One hour session, 40 to 75 species possible.

We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area between parking lot and channel. The walk starts at 10:00 AM to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, you must call Lu (310-395-6235) to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

Directions: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.

Parking: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

Jan
4
Thu
Hike Backbone Trail to McAuley Peak (2049) @ Backbone Trail Tickets
Jan 4 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Hike Backbone Trail to McAuley Peak (2049) @ Backbone Trail | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Moderately paced 1700’ gain 6 mile route (optionally longer) on Backbone Trail with great mountain and ocean views. Meet 8:30 am at Backbone Trailhead paved parking area on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Las Virgenes Rd exit and go approximately 4½ miles south, passing Malibu Creek State Park. After passing Tapia Park and Piuma Rd, cross bridge over Malibu Creek and parking area is on the right. Or park on east side of street at Piuma Rd in dirt parking area and be very careful crossing street to trailhead. Bring 2 quarts water, lunch, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen, $ for parking lot. Rain cancels.

Jan
6
Sat
Slow Down and Relax @ Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Jan 6 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Slow Down and Relax @ Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center | Calabasas | California | United States

Connect with nature while learning Qigong standing exercises. Qigong is a healing system which includes slow flowing movements like Tai Chi that can easily be adapted to one’s physical ability. Wear loose fitting clothing. Rain cancels.

Jan
7
Sun
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve Tickets
Jan 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve | Los Angeles | California | United States

Our Sunday walks are easy, informative, and fun. No birdwatching expertise is required. Binoculars are (almost) a must — loaners are available if you contact the walk leader in advance. The Reserve contains a lake that is home to spectacular water birds and the Reserve hosts migrating birds as well as local residents.

More information, pictures, directions, accurate map, contacts at www.sfvaudubon.org/events.