Jun
28
Fri
What’s On Your Plate Geology Hike @ Solstice Canyon Tickets
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
What's On Your Plate Geology Hike @ Solstice Canyon

Do you think about what’s on your plate? Southern California rests on the Pacific Plate and the Santa Monica Mountains are a result of the Earth’s continuous shifting. These mountains have a fascinating origin story that shape how we live our lives today. Enjoy a hike with a park ranger and discover how plates move, mountains lift, get squeezed, and wither away to create the beautiful place we call Southern California.

Meet at the Solstice Canyon parking lot for this is a moderate 2 mile guided hike. All are welcome. Hike begins at 10:00 AM.

Please bring water, sunscreen, a hat, sturdy shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Jun
29
Sat
Adventures with a Ranger/ Aventuras con un Ranger! @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jun 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Adventures with a Ranger/ Aventuras con un Ranger! @ King Gillete Ranch

Come and enjoy a nice hike to Inspiration Point at King Gillette Ranch! Explore what types of plants and animals are native to the park and discover the rich history of the individuals that once lived and visited the park.

This ranger led program is about mile hike and all ages are welcomed! Meet the Ranger by the water fountain at the Visitor Center.

Register at on Eventbrite at this link: https://bit.ly/2X5XTkI

Descubra su Parque Nacional cerca de usted, con un Ranger! Esta caminata de una milla o 1,609 metros consiste de pláticas sobre las plantas y animales nativos de las Montañas de Santa Mónica. También descubrirá la historia y las personas que vivián antes en este lugar.

Este programa es para todas las edades. Por favor traiga agua, una gorra, bloqueador para el sol y zapatos para caminar. El Ranger los esperara cerca de la fuente de agua.

Kids Story Time & Nature Walk-Books & Trails, Kids 4-10 yrs Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center-Franklin Canyon Tickets
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kids Story Time & Nature Walk-Books & Trails, Kids 4-10 yrs Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center-Franklin Canyon

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.
Please be on time, as not all Story Time readings happen inside the Nature Center

Jun
30
Sun
“Welcome Walk” @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Welcome Walk" @ Malibu Creek State Park

Join a docent for a refreshing walk along Malibu Creek, through a wooded valley. Learn about fire restoration, plus the park’s animals, plants, early inhabitants, and movies filmed on location. Meet at the Main Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) by the restrooms.

Jul
2
Tue
Hikers along Westridge to Nike Site @ Santa Monica Mountains Tickets
Jul 2 @ 7:30 am
Hikers along Westridge to Nike Site @ Santa Monica Mountains

Moderately paced 6 mi., 1100 ft gain hike following the west ridge of the SMMs overlooking the 405, then into Mandeville Canyon to cross back up to reach the cold war Nike Site. Chaparral and a great 360º view from the lookout tower. Meet 7:30 AM at trailhead: From Ventura Blvd in Encino take Hayvenhurst Ave south about 1.8 miles, turn right (west) on Encino Hills Drive and continue about 1 more mile to beginning of dirt Mulholland Dr, or from 405 Fwy in Sepulveda pass, take Mulholland Dr, exit 61, west about 2 miles to end of pavement at Encino Hills Drive. On dirt Mulholland go about 100 yards west and park facing white posts. Bring 2 qts water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Jul
5
Fri
A Mountain’s Golden Hour Sunset Hike @ Circle X Ranch Tickets
Jul 5 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
A Mountain's Golden Hour Sunset Hike @ Circle X Ranch

Hike with Ranger Nico to say farewell to the day from Sandstone Peak, the highest point in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

During this hike, you will learn how the mountains have a relationship with people and influence our choices and daily life.

This is a 3 mile (round trip) strenuous hike. There is a 1,000 foot elevation gain.

Bring water, sturdy shoes, a headlamp, and layers for cooler temperatures. The presentation will conclude at the peak and the ranger will walk back when the sun sets. Visitors are welcome to hike back to the parking lot with Ranger Nico or stay on the peak.

Please meet at the Sandstone Peak Trailhead at 5:30 p.m. There is very little cell reception in this area. Directions are posted below.

Sunset is at 8:11 PM

Directions
12896 Yerba Buena Road, Malibu, CA, 90265 (Circle X Ranch address. Continue north 1 mile to reach the Sandstone Peak Trailhead).

To get to Circle X Ranger Station: Pacific Coast Hwy to Yerba Buena Rd. Turn inland; go 5.4 miles to Circle X Ranch contact station.
Sandstone Peak Trailhead: 1 mile north of Circle X Ranch contact station on Yerba Buena Rd. Parking lot is on left.

RSVP at https://bit.ly/2Xw3G2f

Jul
6
Sat
Transit to Trails: Explore Topanga Beach @ Vista Hermosa Natural Park Tickets
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transit to Trails: Explore Topanga Beach @ Vista Hermosa Natural Park

Open to all!

Want to visit a new hiking trail but need a ride? We got you! Join us on a free hike led by one of our experienced and bilingual naturalists, or if you’d prefer you can explore the park on your own.

For questions regarding accessibility, contact us at info@communitynatureconnection.org.

All fitness levels are welcome!
Family-friendly.
All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

WHEN:
Bus Arrives at 9:00 AM and will return by 4:00 PM.
Seating is on a first come, first-served basis.

WHERE:
Meet in the parking lot of Vista Hermosa Natural Park.
We’ll board the bus and then head to Topanga Beach!

WHAT TO BRING:
Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes. Pack water, a lunch, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses in a backpack. Bring swimwear and a towel if you plan on getting in the water!

Presented by Community Nature Connection in association with Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, all working to connect you to your public lands!

Can’t make it? Trips are scheduled at Vista Hermosa Natural Park on the 1st Saturday of every month!

Adventures with a Ranger/ Aventuras con un Ranger! @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jul 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Adventures with a Ranger/ Aventuras con un Ranger! @ King Gillete Ranch

Come and enjoy a nice hike to Inspiration Point at King Gillette Ranch! Explore what types of plants and animals are native to the park and discover the rich history of the individuals that once lived and visited the park.

This ranger led program is about mile hike and all ages are welcomed! Meet the Ranger by the water fountain at the Visitor Center.

Descubra su Parque Nacional cerca de usted, con un Ranger! Esta caminata de una milla o 1,609 metros consiste de pláticas sobre las plantas y animales nativos de las Montañas de Santa Mónica. También descubrirá la historia y las personas que vivián antes en este lugar.

Este programa es para todas las edades. Por favor traiga agua, una gorra, bloqueador para el sol y zapatos para caminar. El Ranger los esperara cerca de la fuente de agua.

Junior Ranger Adventures @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jul 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Junior Ranger Adventures @ King Gillete Ranch

Explore the Santa Monica Mountains with a ranger and earn a junior ranger badge! On a short walk, learn how to hike safely, identify plants and animals, and use your senses to explore the world around us. Free junior ranger activity books will be available.

The program is aimed for kids 5-11 but all ages are welcome to participate. Meet at 2 PM by the fountain at the King Gillette Visitor Center.

Jul
7
Sun
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve Tickets
Jul 7 @ 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.