Jun
23
Sat
Crayfish Removal Open House @ Medea Creek Tickets
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am
Crayfish Removal Open House @ Medea Creek | Oak Park | California | United States

Come help us remove crayfish from your creeks and streams! Crayfish are a non-native species to California, and they’re considered invasive because they cause quite a bit of damage to the aquatic ecosystems. They prey on native species, reduce water quality, and cause problems with creek bed erosion. We need your help in trapping and removing the crayfish as well as picking up trash along the stream.

PARKING: You are free to park anywhere within reason. This is near a residential area, so please be respectful of the folks who live there!

Our staff will meet volunteers on the Medea Creek Trail, which starts at the corner of Conifer Street and Parkview Drive.

This event is great fun for volunteers of all ages! Volunteers 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form with a parent or guardian’s signature if the parent or guardian is not attending.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701.

Park After Dark: Sunset Tarantula Hike @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Park After Dark: Sunset Tarantula Hike @ Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

It’s the season for migrating male Tarantulas!

Take a sunset stroll as we search for male tarantulas looking for potential mates. Along the hike rangers will share facts about these traveling tarantulas. Who knows, you might learn a thing or two about our local spiders in the Santa Monica Mountains.

There are no reservations required to attend this evening program. Please wear layers for changing weather conditions and bring water and a flashlight just in case. Meet in main parking lot.

All ages are welcome and the parking is free.

Directions:

Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left.

Jun
24
Sun
Sunday Walks @ Trippett Ranch, Topanga State Park Tickets
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Seven Wonders of the Santa Monica Mountains; Join docent Read Howarth for our last Sunday Walk of the season.

Jun
30
Sat
Young Birders Walk @ O'Melveny Park Tickets
Jun 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Young Birders Walk @ O'Melveny Park | Los Angeles | California | United States

Come out and enjoy a Young Birders Walk led by young people. (Parents welcome, too!) Binoculars will be available to be borrowed. Meet in the parking lot.

Malibu Creek Welcome Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Jun 30 @ 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 “Main Trailhead Parking” (lower parking lot) by the restrooms for this leisurely two-hour walk.

Jul
1
Sun
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve Tickets
Jul 1 @ 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.

Jul
7
Sat
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Jul 7 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center | Calabasas | California | United States

Bring your binoculars, bird guide, and/or camera and join us for an easy bird walk around the grounds of King Gillette Ranch. This area attracts many songbirds, water birds, woodpeckers, and raptors and we are always treated to something interesting. Kids are welcome and the walk is less than a mile at a very easy pace as we stop often to observe the birds.

 

We leave promptly at 8:30 from the flagpole. Heavy rain cancels (but I will be there for anyone who wants to walk in it!). See you there!

Moon Races Under the Moon @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Moon Races Under the Moon @ Rancho Sierra Vista

The first peoples used the night sky for many reasons such as storytelling, cultural activities, games and travel orientation. The “Moon Races” were performed by the Tongva people during the thinnest sliver of the moon. During this program you will learn the significance of the “Moon Races” and be able to see a demonstration before it gets to dark.

Additional astronomical facts and stories will be shared by Hupa Native American Artist and Story Teller, Kat High.

This program is for all ages. There are no reservations required for this program. Please wear layers for changing weather conditions and bring a flashlight. Also, feel free to bring camping chairs for comfortableness.

The main parking lot entrance is at the intersection of Via Goleta and Potrero Rd, Newbury Park, CA, 91320.

If you have general questions about the location and directions please call the visitor center at 805-370-2301.

Jul
11
Wed
Beginner’s Birdwalk with Conejo Valley Audubon @ Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa Tickets
Jul 11 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Beginner's Birdwalk with Conejo Valley Audubon @ Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa

Conejo Valley Audubon invites birders of all experience levels to attend our monthly Beginner Bird Walks at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. These walks will be held on the second Wednesday of each month. We will meet at 8:00am at the main parking lot, which is accessible off Lynn Rd at Via Goleta in Newbury Park.
Rancho Sierra Vista is an excellent place to see many of the oak woodlands birds that are common in the Conejo Valley. We will take time to introduce beginning birders to these species and the best techniques for locating and identifying them.
If you have binoculars, please bring them. A few pairs of loaner binoculars will be available. Wear comfortable walking shoes. No sign-up is needed; just show up. Heavy rain will cancel the walk. The leader will be Richard Armerding and he can be reached at 310-701-3878

Jul
14
Sat
Coyote Scat I.D. Party @ SAMO NPS Headquarters: July @ National Park Service Headquarters Tickets
Jul 14 all-day
Coyote Scat I.D. Party @ SAMO NPS Headquarters: July @ National Park Service Headquarters  | Thousand Oaks | California | United States

Come work with the biologists from the Santa Monica Mountains National Park Service to dissect sterilized coyote scat (poop!) collected in Thousand Oaks, and to identify the contents!

We will provide protective equipment and tools. We will also provide snacks and coffee, but feel free to bring lunch/snacks for yourself or to share!

We ask that participants under age 16 come with a parent or guardian, and to our younger audiences, please realize that scat dissection is a delicate science and requires patience and focus. If you’re coming with a kid, please download a ticket for each of you.