Join our School Trip Coordinator for a Story Time and Nature Walk! These programs focus on a nature themed story accompanied by a guided walk to highlight the story. The program lasts for two hours. Please park in the large dirt parking lot near the large William O Douglas Outdoor Classroom sign. After parking, take the trail uphill to the Sooky Goldman Nature Center-story time meet-up point in our Children’s Play Area. Bathrooms and water fountains are available outside the nature center. Program starts on time.
Lights! Camera! Action! Paramount Ranch’s convenient location and mountainous backdrop have captured the vision of hundreds of filmmakers. Elaborate movie sets have come and gone while the ranch’s massive oak trees have remained as silent witnesses.
Join a ranger-led walk around the ranch to learn about how it has changed over the past century and what the future may hold for this popular filming location.
Meet at the trailhead kiosk next to the bridge. Wear sturdy shoes for uneven terrain. We recommend bringing water, a hat, and sun protection, as there is little shade on the walk. Restrooms available. Heavy rain cancels. For any questions, including directions, please call the visitor center at (805) 370-2301.
Moderately paced 6 mi., 1100 ft gain hike following the west ridge of the Santa Monica Mountains 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 8:30 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.
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.
Moderately paced 6 mile, 900 ft gain hike in scenic Simi Hills, through chaparral, grasslands and oaks, to vernal pool at China Flat. We will see how it is recovering from the 2018 Woolsey fire. Meet 8:00 AM at Lindero Cyn Rd trailhead. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Lindero Cyn Rd. Exit north. Drive about 4 miles past Kanan Rd to King James Ct and park on street – either King James or Lindero Cyn. Bring 2 qts water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.