Join a California Naturalist Guide for an introduction to the City Nature Challenge and a guided walk to find photo subjects for your challenge entries.
This will be an east nature walk around the upper canyon of Franklin Canyon park, including visits to the Redwood Grove, the Heavenly Pond, and the Lake.
We’ll work together as a team to find insects, plants, and wildlife to help LA become a winner for this international challenge!
No registration required and FREE! We will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Please wear a hat and walking shoes. Bring your smartphone or camera and water.
We are participating in the City Nature Challenge – a worldwide competition in which a bunch of different cities compete against each other to see who is documenting nature and urban biodiversity better. It runs from April 26 to April 29. On Saturday, April 27, join a National Park Service ranger on a guided hike at Griffith Park.
Exact trail is Old LA Zoo Trail. Parking will be at the Merry G0-Round parking area which is near the Ranger Station (4730 Crystal Springs Drive). If you’re driving north on Crystal Springs Drive, make a left on the first street where the Ranger Station is that leads to the Merry Go-Round parking lot.
- enough water
- hat/sun protection
Download the iNaturalist application on your smart phone and help us identify plants, animals or fungi so we can take the crown back from San Francisco.
Moderately paced 5 mile, 600 ft elevation gain hike around our recent acquisition to the Santa Monica Parklands, now HQ for the SMM NPS. Beautiful valley and coast live oak savanna, grasslands, coastal sage scrub, etc., as well as manicured grounds around the original Gillette Mansion. Meet 8:30 AM in fee parking lot of Ranch. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Las Virgenes Rd/Malibu Canyon exit, go south approx. 5 ¾ miles to Mulholland Hwy. Turn left on Mulholland and then right to enter the long eucalyptus alleé driveway for Ranch. Park in second lot. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.
On Bird LA Day, be the first to experience Mountains Restoration Trust’s first bird-dedicated trail with renowned ornithology experts, Dr. Tom Smith and Dr. Brenda Larison from UCLA. MRT will provide binoculars and Dr. Smith and Larison will share their bird knowledge with you.
Our bird-dedicated trail, made possible by San Fernando Valley Audubon, traverses through five different habitats in the lower Cold Creek Preserve (coastal sage scrub, chaparral, grassland, riparian, and oak woodland habitats) where you often find wrentits, acorn woodpeckers, Cooper’s hawks, among many others. Marking this newly dedicated trail are signs with various bird and habitat identifications.
Please arrive at the trailhead at 8 am ready to bird! To view a map for travel and parking instructions, click here. We will provide binoculars but please come prepared with comfortable hiking shoes with good grip, hiking clothes, a hat/sunglasses, plenty of water, and your favorite bird guide! Space is limited to 30 participants, so please RSVP. No previous birding experience is required to RSVP for the event.
Bird lists generated from the nearest e-Bird hotspot will be emailed out prior to the event and a complete list of the birds of the Santa Monica Mountains can be found here and of the entire Los Angeles area here. #BirdLADay and #BirdsofMRT.
Join our resident Film Enthusiast, Diane Issacs as we go on location with a behind the scenes look at some of the most recognizable TV and films shot right here at Franklin Canyon!
Meet at the Sooky Goldman Nature Center, up the hill above the main parking lot.
Wear layers for warming temperatures and athletic shoes. Bring water.
Join rangers and astronomers for stargazing! Telescopes will be set up in the main trailhead parking lot. If conditions permit, we will look at star clusters and search for galaxies far, far away as Leo the Lion rises high in the sky.
Dress warmly. In order to preserve night vision, red flashlights and headlamps are preferred. Restrooms are available. The event is free and accessible.
May the 4th be with us as we hope for clear skies. Rain or fog 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 1100 ft gain hike in Santa Susana Mtns to Rocky Peak , primarily on fire road through dramatic sandstone rock formations, coastal sage scrub and chaparral with great views of Simi and San Fernando Valleys. Meet 8:00 AM at Rocky Peak Rd trailhead. From westbound 118 Fwy take Rocky Peak Rd exit, street parking just beyond end of off ramp or park over bridge. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.