Jul
1
Wed
Activity 2: Bird Beak Buffet Worksheet @ at Home Tickets
Jul 1 – Aug 31 all-day
Activity 2: Bird Beak Buffet Worksheet @ at Home
Welcome back to Junior Ranger Summer Camp! Have you ever wondered how birds eat their food? Why are beaks so many different shapes and sizes? Watch the premier of our Bird Beak Buffet junior ranger program for “Bird Week”!
Like us, birds eat different foods and their beaks are their tools! Listen to ranger as he talks about different bird beaks and explains how they are all important for the bird’s survival and health of the environment. Follow along as you watch with our worksheet!
Download the activity using this link! Submit the Beaks as Tools Worksheet to samokids@nps.gov
Jul
8
Wed
Activity 3: Owl Virtual Junior Ranger Program @ at Home Tickets
Jul 8 – Aug 31 all-day
Activity 3: Owl Virtual Junior Ranger Program @ at Home

Download Activity 3 here!

Join Ranger Xóchitl for a Bilingual Junior Ranger Owl program and learn more about owls and the pellets they produce. During this program you will learn what makes owls great hunters and participate in activities from the comfort of your home. Activities include figuring out how well an owl’s hearing is and following up with dissecting an owl pellet. Video is on our Facebook page.

Download your two worksheets here:

Junior Ranger Check Off List for Owl Pellet Dissection

Junior Ranger Bone Sorting Chart

Submit the worksheets to samokids@nps.gov when you are finished!

 

¡Bienvenidos de nuevo al campamento de verano de Junior Ranger!

Únete con la Guardabosque Xóchitl en este programa bilingüe y descubre mas acerca de los búhos y los gránulos que producen. Durante el programa aprenderán que hacen los búhos ser gran cazadores y participar en actividades desde la comodidad de su casa. Actividades incluyen figurando que tan bueno puede escuchar el búho y averiguar que lleva adentro un gránulo. El video esta en nuestra pagina de Facebook.

Descarga sus dos hojas de tabajo aquí: 

Diseccion de Granulos

Tabla de Clasificacion de Huesos

¡Envía las hojas de trabajo a samokids@nps.gov cuando usted las acabe!

Jul
22
Wed
Activity 5a of 10: Wildflower Scavenger Hunt Booklet Activity @ At Home Tickets
Jul 22 – Aug 31 all-day
Activity 5a of 10: Wildflower Scavenger Hunt Booklet Activity @ At Home
Have you had the chance to take a look at plants up close? What use do native plants have? Observe plants up close and use one of these booklets to go on a scavenger hunt in the gardens at King Gillette Ranch or the Satwiwa Culture Center at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. You could also look for these plants at home or parks near you!
Once you finished, add this as your Junior Ranger Summer Camp activity for “Native Plant Week” and send it to us at samokids@nps.gov.
Booklet was created by Ashley Meier
Use these links to download a booklet!
Submit one of these or a wildflower coloring sheet for this week!
¿Ha tenido el placer de mirar a las plantas de cerca? ¿Que uso tienen las plantas nativas? Observé las plantas de cerca y use este folleto para ir en una búsqueda en los jardines en el Rancho de King Gillette o en el centro de culturas de Satwiwa en Rancho Sierra Vista. ¡Usted también puede buscar estas plantas en su hogar o parques cerca de usted!
Al terminar, agregue esto a su Junior Ranger campamento de verano actividad para la semana de “Plantas Nativas” y envía lo a este correo electrónico samokids@nps.gov.
Folleto creado por Ashley Meier.
¡Envía uno de estos o la página de colorear de plantas para esta semana!
Activity 5b of 10: Wildflower Coloring Activity @ At Home Tickets
Jul 22 – Aug 31 all-day
Activity 5b of 10: Wildflower Coloring Activity @ At Home
Want to relax and color Santa Monica Mountains wildflowers? Look at this beautiful artwork! Konstanze Rausch created this beautiful piece as a black and white template for you to color too.What colors do you think the flowers should be?
Download the this sheet here and color your own wildflowers!
Once you finished, add this as your Junior Ranger Summer Camp activity for “Native Week” and send it to us at samokids@nps.gov.
You can submit this or the Native Plant Scavenger Hunt for this week!
Jul
24
Fri
Activity 6: Do Mountains Move? @ at Home Tickets
Jul 24 – Aug 31 all-day
Activity 6: Do Mountains Move? @ at Home

Did you know land on the earth moves! The earth has plates that move and they are the reason we have mountains near Los Angeles! Listen to Ranger Nico as he talks about plate tectonics on our Facebook page after it is posted on July 29 at 3:00 p.m. Learn how plates move, how the Santa Monica Mountains rose up, and complete this activity for our Junior Ranger Summer Camp’s “Geology Week!”

Download the Activity here: Geology Activity Sheet

Submit the activity to samokids@nps.gov!

Aug
16
Sun
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Aug 16 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park | Calabasas | California | United States

Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike.

Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Aug
23
Sun
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon Tickets
Aug 23 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. 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.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and 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 JEAN (310-472-7209)_ 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.

Aug
29
Sat
Yoga on the Mountain @ Facebook Live/Instagram Live Tickets
Aug 29 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Yoga on the Mountain @ Facebook Live/Instagram Live

Grab your yoga mat and find your center in the outdoors – virtually!

Yoga on the Mountain is back, but we’re adapting it to our #SAMOAtHome virtual programming.
Join instructors Greg and Dawn on either Facebook Live or Instagram Live Saturday 10 a.m. for this unique outdoor yoga experience with acoustic music.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/684312595680512/
Instagram: @santamonicamountainsnps
For more information about this event, email samo@wnpa.org or samo_interpretation@nps.gov

This event is brought to you by Western National Parks Association, a non-profit education partner of the National Park Service. In business since 1938, WNPA financially supports education, interpretation, research, and community involvement at more than 70 parks across the West.

Purchases at park stores like the one here at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area support programs like “Yoga on the Mountain.” The products and services WNPA provides support and compliment the interpretive and educational programs of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. For more information about this event and how WNPA supports the park, visit www.wnpa.org.

Sep
5
Sat
Canceled- Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Sep 5 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Canceled- Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center | Calabasas | California | United States

This event has been canceled.

CANCELED – Volunteer Opportunity at Yerba Mansa Meadow – CANCELED @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
CANCELED - Volunteer Opportunity at Yerba Mansa Meadow - CANCELED @ Rancho Sierra Vista
The Yerba Mansa Meadow restoration project seeks to restore/enhance approximately 10.8 acres of wetland, riparian and upland habitat through invasive species removal and revegetation with native plants. This meadow is a good example of an ephemeral wetland that has yerba mansa as a dominant species, and this is somewhat uncommon.
 
This project aims to restore native habitat, and to improve habitat for bird roosting and nesting by introducing native plants that provide a variety of food sources. We will also improve the natural appearance of the wetlands.
 
Native species for this project include species known to occur in and around wetland areas (yerba mansa, mugwort, spreading rush, mule fat, golden current, deer grass, giant wild rye) and common coastal sage scrub species (purple sage, California buckwheat , California sagebrush, elderberry).

Please RSVP through: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-opportunity-at-yerba-mansa-meadow-tickets-86287019799 

Wear hiking attire, bring water/resuable water bottle, sunscreen, and a sun hat.
 
This event occurs on the first Saturday of the every month!
For more information, contact:
Lei DeVera at National Park Service tel. 805-370-2300 x 3325
Directions:
 
Main entrance cross street is Via Goleta and Lynn Road, Newbury Park, CA, 91320
GPS Coordinates for Entrance (Via Goleta & Lynn Road): N 34.1569 W -118.9733
Main Entrance: Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left.
 
It is best to park in the equestrian or overflow parking lot and walk to the restoration. The distance to the restoration site is less than a quarter of a mile.