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.
Moderately paced 5 mile, 800 ft gain hike up and down a chaparral canyon, with a wonderful view of WLA and the Pacific Ocean, and beside a lake in the midst of Beverly Hills. Meet 7:30 AM at Franklin Park/Ranch parking lot. From 101 Fwy take Coldwater Canyon south 2 1/2 miles where it crosses Mulholland Drive West. Make a 90º turn onto Franklin Canyon Drive (sign reads Road Closed 800 yrds) and enter park. Pass upper parking lot at nature center, continue veering right around lake. Turn right at stop sign at bottom of lake, drive ½ mile and veer left on Lake Drive. Follow to end and park. Warning: Stop at camera monitored stop signs in park or you will be ticketed. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.
Go behind the scenes with a ranger and explore Paramount Ranch at night!
Enter a dark, empty town built for the movies. Stand on a dangerous abandoned racetrack. Gaze into the sky to see the stars that still shine here.
*Bring a flashlight, water, and wear sturdy shoes. Stargazing will be available if the sky is clear.
Moderately paced 5 mile, 600 ft gain hike in Topanga State Park along the Backbone Trail. We will include the Nature Trail. Deer sightings common. Meet 8:00 AM at Trippet Ranch fee parking lot. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Topanga Canyon Blvd 7 ½ mi. south to Entrada Rd, turn left (east), and go about a mile to fee lot. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.
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.
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.
Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left.
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.
Las Virgenes Canyon: Moderately paced 6 mile 800 ft gain hike on picturesque trail and along a seasonal stream among the beautiful grasslands of Simi Hills. Meet 8:00 AM at trailhead kiosk. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Las Virgenes Rd exit north 1.75 miles to end; street parking. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.