Jun
29
Fri
Accepting Docent Registration @ Trippett Ranch, Topanga State Park Tickets
Jun 29 – Sep 1 all-day

SIGN UP FOR DOCENT TRAINING PROGRAM. Registration open between June 29 – Sept 1.

Weekend training sessions start on September 8.

The Topanga Canyon Docents (TCD) is a non profit organization of volunteers in Topanga State Park. Each fall season our naturalist Docent Training Program is offered to introduce new volunteers to the program. Learn about the flora, fauna, natural history, and Native American cultures of the Santa Monica Mountains. Share the knowledge you’ll gain when you become a volunteer park docent with the TCD  for their public walks, school walks, or by greeting visitors at the Visitor Center at Trippet Ranch.

This training program is taught by highly respected educators and professional naturalists from local colleges, museums, and conservation-based institutions. If you’ve ever hiked the hills and canyons and have longed to share what you see, this training is perfect for you!

The classroom and in-the-field training takes place every other weekend on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Trippet Ranch Visitor Center in Topanga State Park. In addition, five docent-led interpretive walks are on the alternate weekends, on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Topanga Canyon Docents Naturalist Training Starts September 8th!

 

Aug
2
Thu
“Keep It Wild! Malibu’s Mountains and Ocean” Photo Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm

Photographer Jazan Kozma’s “Keep It Wild” series is an ongoing project focused on exploring the natural wonders of the mountains and ocean in the Malibu area.  “My mission is to reveal the beauty of the land and ocean, the wildlife, and the cultural landscape of ancient peoples – to photograph the still-wild places that exist even within view of our domesticated world.” J.K.

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

The Call, California Sea Lions, Point Dume Natural Reserve, Malibu, CA. Photo: Jazan Kozma.

Falling Water, Malibu Creek, Santa Monica Mountains, CA. Photo: Jazan Kozma.

Boney Falls, Santa Monica Mountains, CA. Photo: Jazan Kozma.

Aug
25
Sat
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons Tickets
Aug 25 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons

Come help the National Park Service remove invasive Carnation Spurge from Zuma Canyon.

We will be hand pulling Carnation Spurge, an invasive weed to the Santa Monica Mountains. Gloves and training will be provided.

Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Sunscreen is recommended. Be sure to bring a water bottle that you can refill.

We will be meeting and working at the Bonsall Dr. parking lot.

RSVP to Alix Sisolak at Alix_sisolak@contractor.nps.gov

Zuma Canyon includes restrooms, picnic area and beautiful hiking trails. Come work in the morning, and end with a picnic lunch!

 

Native American Dance Demonstration @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Native American Dance Demonstration @ Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

Kathy Willcuts and Steven Garcia will perform traditional Native American dance, including Northern Traditional and shawl dancing. Steven Garcia is of Yaqui-Mescalero, Tongva descent and will be performing Northern Traditional style. Kathy Willcuts will be performing traditional Shawl dancing from her Rosebud Lakota tribe. Each dance demonstration will have a brief explanation of the meaning of the dance. Steven and Kathy are dedicated presenters at the Satwiwa Culture Center. They each present various workshops throughout the year.

 

There are no reservations required to attend this evening program. Please wear layers for changing weather conditions and bring a flashlight. 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.

Aug
26
Sun
Set to Screen @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Set to Screen @ Paramount Ranch | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Learn the secrets that turn a dusty set into a realistic town. Join us on this easy-paced walk behind the scenes to discover the illusions and history of this Ranch. Rain or predicted rain cancels. l hr.

Aug
30
Thu
Hike to Buzzard’s Roost @ Newton Canyon Tickets
Aug 30 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Hike to Buzzard's Roost @ Newton Canyon | Malibu | California | United States

Moderately paced 8 mile 1400 gain hike on scenic trail through lovely canyon, then on fire road with great mountain and ocean views, to Buzzards Roost. Meet 8 AM Newton Canyon Trailhead. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Kanan Rd exit, go south on Kanan Rd to paved trailhead parking area on west side just north of Tunnel 1 (3rd tunnel from 101 about 1 3/4 miles past Mulholland Hwy). Bring 2 quarts water, lunch, sturdy hiking footwear, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Sep
1
Sat
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Sep 1 @ 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!

Park After Dark: Sunset Tarantula Hike @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Sep 1 @ 6:30 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.

Sep
8
Sat
All About the Backbone Trail – Presentation and Book Signing @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
All About the Backbone Trail - Presentation and Book Signing @ King Gillete Ranch | Calabasas | California | United States

Come discover Southern California ‘s newly completed Backbone Trail, a true hidden gem right here in our own backyard. Find the best day hikes, learn ways to through-hike the trail, and enjoy tips, advice, and stories from the authors of  The Complex Hiker’s Guide to the Backbone Trail. Authors Doug and Caroline Chamberlin will sign copies of their book, available for purchase in the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center Store, after the program.

This is a free program with free parking.

Due to limited seating, reservations are required. For reservations or more information, email samo@wnpa.org or call 85-370-2302.

 

Tiny Porch Concerts: David Luning w/ Bearcoon @ Peter Strauss Ranch Tickets
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tiny Porch Concerts: David Luning w/ Bearcoon @ Peter Strauss Ranch

David Luning. John Prine forced David Luning to drop out of college. Not at gunpoint or anything—the two had never even met—but the effect of hearing the songwriting legend’s music for the first time had an equally compelling effect on Luning, who was studying film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston at the time. Now an accomplished artist in his own right, Luning is preparing to release his most dynamic and gripping collection to date, ‘Restless,’ and he can trace it all back to one fateful night that changed everything. “A couple of friends invited me over to share some songs at their apartment, and that was the first time I’d ever really listened to Americana music or folk or country or whatever you want to call it,” remembers Luning. “They showed me John Prine, and it just resonated with me so much. I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is what I have to do with my life.’ I just figured it out in that moment.” Luning dropped out of school almost immediately, moved back to his native California, and devoted himself to songwriting and performing.

Bearcoon. After taking home the grand prize win at Buskerfest (Long Beach’s largest and longest-running battle-of-the-bands competition) and being named “Best Folk Act” by the OC Weekly, the on-stage bandmates and off-stage girlfriends of Bearcoon made a bold decision: to sell 95% of their possessions, quit their jobs, give up their apartment, and begin touring the country full-time. Following their sold-out album release show at Fingerprints Music in June 2015, the pair left town in a 1992 Chevy G20 conversion van they’d purchased off of Craigslist a few weeks earlier. Following its release their album, El Guapo, quickly reached the #1 spot on amazon.com’s “Hot New Releases” list and would go on to be voted “Long Beach Album of the Year” on the Long Beach Post’s public opinion poll.  The duo spent 2016 touring the west coast and making appearances at several noteworthy festivals including the Joshua Tree Music Festival.

General Admission
Bring either a blanket or low-back chair and grab an open space in or around the amphitheater. The shows are free but VIP tickets may be purchased through Tiny Porch Concerts. VIP ticket holders have a reserved space in the amphitheater with a chair waiting for them when they arrive. Click here for more information on VIP tickets.