Come to the visitor center at King Gillette Ranch for a traditional camp fire talk. Join Ranger Nico and unravel the mysteries of bats. These critters are a misunderstood community member who are active while we sleep and contribute so much to the ecosystems. Bring a jacket, blanket, or chair, and learn why bats are special and why there are not so scary.
Due to weather and conditions there may not be a campfire. Bring layers as it can get cool as the sun sets.
The visitor center closes at 5 PM. Come early to see the art, museum, or park store!
Click the link for eventbrite registration https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whispers-and-wings-tickets-82729912395
Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.
Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.
CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)
DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.
Join a ranger talk about the protection and survival of the park’s last large mammal carnivores. Learn about what wildlife biologists are discovering from a 17-year study and explore the puma’s unique challenges in the nation’s largest urban park. Walk will be about 2 miles round trip. Bring sun protection, water and sturdy shoes. Meet at water fountain at Visitor Center.
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.
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
All fitness levels are welcome!
All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Bus Arrives at 9:00 AM and will return by 4:00 PM.
Seating is on a first come, first-served basis.
Meet in the parking lot of Vista Hermosa Natural Park.
We’ll board the bus and then head to King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains.
WHAT TO BRING:
Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes. Pack water, a lunch, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses in a backpack.
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!
Please RSVP through: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-opportunity-at-yerba-mansa-meadow-tickets-71919137075
The King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center is proud to host “Coffee With…” featuring local scientists, professors, and experts. Casually chat about social and environmental topics while you sip fresh, locally roasted coffee. We provide the coffee; you provide the mug!
On Saturday, December 7, from 10:00-11:00 am, join environmental leader Beth Pratt for a talk about our local mountain lion population.
Please click here to register so we know how much coffee is needed.