Apr
29
Sun
Fossils as a Tool for Marine Restoration: Old Shells Provide New Insights For Santa Monica Bay @ Pepperdine University Tickets
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fossils as a Tool for Marine Restoration: Old Shells Provide New Insights For Santa Monica Bay @ Pepperdine University | Malibu | California | United States

One of the great challenges in conservation biology is discovering ‘what was natural’ before human impacts. This problem is especially pressing in marine systems where biological monitoring and other records are brief or lacking. Dr. Susan Kidwell has been tackling this problem in our Southern California marine ecosystems by treating the shells acquired during marine surveys as a young fossil record to reveal the dramatic, unsuspected changes in species composition and abundance that have occurred across much of our region. This reconstructed history of the last few thousand years highlights the profound transformation of seafloor communities in response to ~300 years of shifting land-use in the Los Angeles watershed, providing a powerful tool that can help set priorities for restoration.

Dr. Kidwell’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Mark Gold (UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability and Past President of Heal the Bay). Mark will be joined on stage by ocean conservation leaders and UCLA alumni Dr. Chad Nelson (CEO, the Surfrider Foundation), Dr. Craig Shuman (Marine Regional Manager, California Department of Fish and Wildlife) and Dr. Shelley Luce (President and CEO of Heal the Bay) for a lively discussion and audience
Q & A.

Please join us for an informative, thought-provoking afternoon as we discuss how to make our oceans healthier, more resilient ecosystems.

May
5
Sat
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
May 5 @ 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!

Hand in Hand with Nature – Meet the Artist @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hand in Hand with Nature - Meet the Artist @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center | Calabasas | California | United States

Meet the Artist

Hand in Hand with Nature- Pottery Exhibit and Sale

Saturday May 5    1 pm – 3 pm

 

Potter Kirsty Iredale finds continual inspiration from the plants and creatures of the chaparral surrounding her Santa Monica Mountains studio.  Her functional art captures nature’s designs in clay. A portion of the funds from art sales will be donated to further arts in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

May
6
Sun
Beaded Bracelet Workshop @ Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center Tickets
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Beaded Bracelet Workshop @ Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center | Thousand Oaks | California | United States

Two workshops available!

Reservations Required.

Lokota Native, Kathy Willcuts will be leading a workshop on beaded bracelets.  She will sharing beading traditions from her tribe, and the basics of creating very own bracelet.

There are two workshops available. The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshops begins at 1pm. Please be on time. Materials will be provided and all ages welcome.

To make reservations please email: razsa_cruz@nps.gov or call 805-418-3163. Please include which workshop you will be attending, how many in your party, the contact name for the reservation and contact info. Reservations fill up quickly. Please reserve early!

 

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

 

May
12
Sat
Remembering Huell Howser at Paramount Ranch – 10 am & 2 pm Tours @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Remembering Huell Howser at Paramount Ranch - 10 am & 2 pm Tours @ Paramount Ranch | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Two times available: 10am and 2pm, 2 hours each

In the spring of 2009 Huell Howser visited Paramount Ranch to record an episode for California’s Golden Parks. Join retired park ranger Mike Malone as he shares his memories of a memorable day with the much beloved Huell Howser. Walk along with Mike as he takes you on the same path they walked. The program will end with a screening of the episode. Program will be repeated at 2pm.

Arrive at 10am or 2pm for either walk, no reservation necessary.

Huell Howser video courtesy of Chapman University and KCETLink.

Spring Star Party @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Spring Star Party @ Paramount Ranch | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Spring Star Party- Paramount Ranch

Saturday May 12 8pm- 10pm

Join rangers and astronomers for stargazing with telescopes! Watch with us as Venus sets in the west and Jupiter rises in the east.

The event is free. Meet in the Western Town. We recommend dressing warmly and bringing a flashlight. Restrooms nearby.

May
20
Sun
Chumash Songs and Stories @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Chumash Songs and Stories @ Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

No reservations required.

Feel free to bring blankets for a fun picnic as you hear Chumash Elder, Dennis Garcia  share his ancestor’s culture with an array of Chumash stories and songs.

There are two workshops available. The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshops begins at 1pm. Please be on time.

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

Jun
2
Sat
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Jun 2 @ 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!

Chumash Songs and Stories @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Chumash Songs and Stories @ Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

Enjoy the sunset at Rancho Sierra Vista while the Chief of the Southern Clan of the Chumash will be sharing his cultural background and history. Chief Ted Garcia will be sharing and performing Chumash songs and stories at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center.

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.

There are two workshops available. The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshops begins at 1pm. Please be on time.

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

Jun
16
Sat
Pow Wow Dance Demonstration @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Pow Wow Dance Demonstration @ Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

The McMaster family will share their Cherokee heritage while demonstrating Native American dance.

The McMaster youth are avidly active in Pow Wows across California and will demonstrate particular Pow Wow dances. They will be in traditional regalia and will gladly share additional information as to what their regalia means and why they wear it.

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.

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