Sep
2
Mon
Night Visions: Photography Exhibit & Sale @ Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Sep 2 @ 9:00 am – Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm
Night Visions: Photography Exhibit & Sale @ Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center

Wildlife photography taken with a camera trap—a remote camera triggered by a motion sensor—reveals animals we might never see with our own eyes. Johanna Turner aims to take camera trapping to a new level, using her photos to tell a story and create a connection with our beautiful unseen world.

Meet the photographer, Johanna Turner, on Saturday, September 7 from 1:00-3:00 pm.

A portion of the funds from the sales will be donated to further arts programs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Sep
21
Sat
Autumn Equinox Night Hike @ Franklin Canyon Lower Ranch Tickets
Sep 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Autumn Equinox Night Hike @ Franklin Canyon Lower Ranch

Celebrate the arrival of autumn! Join a Naturalist Guide on a night hike and see how the changing seasons affect the night sky.

Please arrive early. Guests will be unable to enter the park after 6:20, so plan accordingly.

All attendees must park in the paved parking lot as part of the public program to avoid ticketing by Rangers. Guests parking on the road will be ticketed.

Sep
28
Sat
Story Time & Nature Walk at Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center Tickets
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Story Time & Nature Walk at Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center

Join a Franklin Canyon Docent for a nature-themed Story Time followed by a Guided Nature Walk around the lake at Franklin Canyon.
Recommended ages are 4-10, all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear closed toed shoes.

Oct
1
Tue
Native Vegetation Recovery Following The Woolsey Fire, CNPS Evening Program, Presenter: Mark Mendelsohn, National Park Service @ First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica Tickets
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Native Vegetation Recovery Following The Woolsey Fire, CNPS Evening Program, Presenter: Mark Mendelsohn, National Park Service @ First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica

Native Vegetation Recovery Following The Woolsey Fire, CNPS Evening Program, Presenter: Mark Mendelsohn, National Park Service

ln 2019 the NPS Inventory & Monitoring team completed over 200 Terrestrial Native Vegetation Monitoring Plots in the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills (SMM & SH), more than twice the number of plots monitored in a non-fire year. By the time of the the presenation we hope to have analyzed our large dataset to make conclusions about the status of the vegetation communities following last year’s fires. In general, the SMM & SH experienced a rich and widespread green-up in the winter and spring with the substantial rains received, producing a substantial assemblage of wildflowers (including many fire followers not seen in many years), and a strong recruitment of our native shrubs via resprouting or seedlings. We even documented several populations of the federally endangered Braunton’s milkvetch and one of the rare Blochman’s dudleya. The data we collected will be available for advancing the science of fire ecology, and informing future park management and interpretation programs.

Mark Mendelsohn is a botanist for the National Park Service at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. A little over one year inro the botanist position, Mark has been working with the flora and fauna of the SMM for 6 years, following prior biological research and consulting for the US Geological Survey and private firms.

Event is free and non-members are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.

For more info go to WWW.LACNPS.ORG
**California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter Programs are free to the public.

For more info contact Snowdy.dodson@csun.edu or email or call 818-782-9346. You can email us at LACNPS@LACNPS.ORG.

Oct
5
Sat
Movie Magic Hike @ Franklin Canyon-Sooky Goldman Nature Center Tickets
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Movie Magic Hike @ Franklin Canyon-Sooky Goldman Nature Center

Join our resident film enthusiast for a guided hike to view classic film and television locations, and learn the Hollywood history of Franklin Canyon. Franklin Canyon has been the chosen film location for Hollywood productions since the silent film era. Come and walk in the steps of Andy Griffith, Capt Kirk, and Clark Gable.
Meets outside the Sooky Goldman Nature Center.
Please wear closed toe shoes.
This hike is rated Easy with steps.

Coffee with a Scientist @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Coffee with a Scientist @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center
Join Ranger Mithra in welcoming the first guest speaker in our new fall-winter series. California State University Northridge Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies, Dr. Stevie Ruiz will focus on environmental justice issues in Southern California. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided and bringing your own mug is happily encouraged!
Seating is limited. Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-with-a-scientist-tickets-72976333177
Oct
12
Sat
Native Plant Sale Weekend Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13, 2019 @ Sepulveda Garden Center Tickets
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm
Native Plant Sale Weekend Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13, 2019 @ Sepulveda Garden Center

MEMBER PRE-SALE AT 9:30am-10am SATURDAY ONLY – ALL CNPS MEMBERS GET 10% OFF PLANTS & BOOKS
*CNPS members must show CNPS ID card or a recent Toyon with their address label to receive discounts*
We will continue with our expanded selection this year – with a focus on species that can survive in our hot and dry climate – there is a plant that can fill your garden’s needs. Many native plants can survive quite well with natural rainfall once they get established. ltems for sale include perennial wild flowers, irises, mints, sages, berries, hummingbird and butterfly plants, shrubs, perennials, and trees. A diverse selection of wildflower seeds will be available for purchase. Also for sale are new and used natural history and native gardening books, activity books for children, field guides, and posters. Refreshments and lunch will be available for purchase.
During the sale, experienced CNPSers can assist you in selecting plants that are suitable for your garden! Proceeds from the plant sale help support the activities of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains chapter of CNPS.

Sunday October 13, 2019 – Morning Presentation
11am – Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape, by Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams
Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape highlights the current endangered state of our landscapes and offers solution-oriented techniques for zero-waste / carbon-neutral garden designs, drawing upon nature’s processes. Shawn and Leigh focus on how nurturing living soil, capturing rainwater, sequestering carbon, and planting climate-appropriate plants for biodiversity are not just aspirational design practices, but real life solutions accessible to homeowners, garden enthusiasts, and landscape professionals alike. It is possible to enjoy beautiful gardens that work towards carbon neutrality and actively regenerate our environment.
Shawn Maestretti, the principal of SMGA and the creator of the talk series, ‘Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape’, has been designing lush, vibrant green spaces and environmentally sensible gardens since 2006. Shawn is a designer, plantsman, licensed landscape architect, certified arborist, licensed landscape contractor, and educator.
Leigh Adams is an educator, eco-sensitive designer and horticultural interpreter at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens.

**To volunteer for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, please contact Snowdy at 818-782-9346 or at snowdy.dodson@csun.edu

For more info go to WWW.LACNPS.ORG
**California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter Programs are free to the public. Items and Refreshments available for purchase.

For more info contact Snowdy.dodson@csun.edu or email or call 818-782-9346. You can email us at LACNPS@LACNPS.ORG.

Oct
13
Sun
Full Moon Hike @ Franklin Canyon-Lower Ranch Tickets
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Franklin Canyon-Lower Ranch

Join us for a free guided hike beneath the light of a full moon!
Full moon hikes are family friendly and approximately 2.5 miles
with a moderate incline.
Please dress in layers for changing temperatures, wear closed toe shoes, and bring water.

Due to filming all guests must use the Beverly Hills entrance to access this hike.
To access this entrance take Beverly Drive north, and continue on Beverly Drive as it travels through residential streets and up and into the canyon.
Once you are traveling downhill you will come to a fork at Lake Dr next to a stone house-turn right at the stone house and travel down Lake Dr. This road will dead end and you will see a paved parking lot on your left as you near the roads end.

Hike meets in the Lower Ranch Parking Lot-GPS 1936 Lake Dr, 90210

Oct
19
Sat
Archaeology Day @ Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - King Gillette Ranch Tickets
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
October is California Archaeology Month, and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is celebrating it with Archaeology Day!

Bring the entire family to King Gillette Ranch to join us in celebrating International Archaeology Day! This event will be family friendly with activities for people of all ages!

  • Native American performances
  • Dig up “artifacts” like an archaeologist in the hands-on excavation box
  • Practice throwing an atlatl spear at a target
  • Watch flint knapping demonstrations as experts turn stone into arrowheads
  • See genuine local artifacts on display
  • Learn more about history and prehistory with our hands-on replica artifact tables
  • Learn about the difference between archaeologists and paleontologists (hint: archaeologists don’t dig dinosaurs)
  • Enjoy presentations by local archaeologists
  • Learn about anthropology programs in local schools
  • Learn about Native American history and become a Jr. Ranger!

This event & parking is completely free and open to the public. Sign up is optional, but can be done for free here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/archaeology-day-tickets-72413323199

Questions about this event? Contact us at the Interagency Visitor’s Center at King Gillette Ranch.

Phone: (805)-370-2301

Email: Samo_Interpretation@nps.gov

Oct
26
Sat
Creepy Creatures of Franklin Canyon-Halloween Event @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center-Franklin Canyon Tickets
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Creepy Creatures of Franklin Canyon-Halloween Event @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center-Franklin Canyon

Join us at Franklin Canyon for a spooky fun time! We’ll learn about some of the not so creepy inhabitants of Franklin Canyon, and finish with crafts and coloring!
Wear your favorite hike-friendly costume-no masks please.
Children must bring a grown up with them.
Please RSVP via email-we will cap this event at 25 children.