Jun
29
Fri
Accepting Docent Registration @ Trippett Ranch, Topanga State Park Tickets
Jun 29 – Sep 1 all-day

SIGN UP FOR DOCENT TRAINING PROGRAM. Registration open between June 29 – Sept 1.

Weekend training sessions start on September 8.

The Topanga Canyon Docents (TCD) is a non profit organization of volunteers in Topanga State Park. Each fall season our naturalist Docent Training Program is offered to introduce new volunteers to the program. Learn about the flora, fauna, natural history, and Native American cultures of the Santa Monica Mountains. Share the knowledge you’ll gain when you become a volunteer park docent with the TCD  for their public walks, school walks, or by greeting visitors at the Visitor Center at Trippet Ranch.

This training program is taught by highly respected educators and professional naturalists from local colleges, museums, and conservation-based institutions. If you’ve ever hiked the hills and canyons and have longed to share what you see, this training is perfect for you!

The classroom and in-the-field training takes place every other weekend on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Trippet Ranch Visitor Center in Topanga State Park. In addition, five docent-led interpretive walks are on the alternate weekends, on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Topanga Canyon Docents Naturalist Training Starts September 8th!

 

Jul
21
Sat
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons Tickets
Jul 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons

Come help the National Park Service remove invasive Carnation Spurge from Zuma Canyon.

We will be hand pulling Carnation Spurge, an invasive weed to the Santa Monica Mountains. Gloves and training will be provided.

Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Sunscreen is recommended. Be sure to bring a water bottle that you can refill.

We will be meeting and working at the Bonsall Dr. parking lot.

RSVP to Alix Sisolak at Alix_sisolak@contractor.nps.gov

Zuma Canyon includes restrooms, picnic area and beautiful hiking trails. Come work in the morning, and end with a picnic lunch!

 

Park After Dark: Sunset Tarantula Hike @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Park After Dark: Sunset Tarantula Hike @ Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

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.

Directions:

Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left.

Summer Campfire Program @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Campfire Program @ Malibu Creek State Park

Join a Malibu Creek State Park docent at a special evening presentation at the campground amphitheater. Parking is $3/hour. Note that the astronomy programs start at 8:00 pm (June 23 & August 11).

June 16: “Rockin’ Reptile Safari” with The Reptile Family
June 23: “Mysteries and Wonders of the Night Sky” with Collin O’Mara-Green (8pm)
June 30: “Awesome Animals” with The Nature of WildWorks
July 14: “History, Mystery, Stories and Music of the First People of the Santa Monica Mountains” with Peter Rice
July 21:”Awesome Animals” with The Nature of WildWorks
July 28: “History, Mystery, Stories and Music of the First People of the Santa Monica Mountains” with Peter Rice
August 4: “Rockin’ Reptile Safari” with The Reptile Family
August 11: Mysteries and Wonders of the Night Sky” with Collin O’Mara-Green (8pm)

 

Park After Dark: The Stars of Paramount Ranch @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Park After Dark: The Stars of Paramount Ranch @ Paramount Ranch | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Go behind the scenes with a ranger and explore Paramount Ranch at night!

Ghosts of Paramount's Past Ranger Program

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.

Jul
28
Sat
Summer Campfire Program @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Campfire Program @ Malibu Creek State Park

Join a Malibu Creek State Park docent at a special evening presentation at the campground amphitheater. Parking is $3/hour. Note that the astronomy programs start at 8:00 pm (June 23 & August 11).

June 16: “Rockin’ Reptile Safari” with The Reptile Family
June 23: “Mysteries and Wonders of the Night Sky” with Collin O’Mara-Green (8pm)
June 30: “Awesome Animals” with The Nature of WildWorks
July 14: “History, Mystery, Stories and Music of the First People of the Santa Monica Mountains” with Peter Rice
July 21:”Awesome Animals” with The Nature of WildWorks
July 28: “History, Mystery, Stories and Music of the First People of the Santa Monica Mountains” with Peter Rice
August 4: “Rockin’ Reptile Safari” with The Reptile Family
August 11: Mysteries and Wonders of the Night Sky” with Collin O’Mara-Green (8pm)

 

Aug
4
Sat
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons Tickets
Aug 4 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons

Come help the National Park Service remove invasive Carnation Spurge from Zuma Canyon.

We will be hand pulling Carnation Spurge, an invasive weed to the Santa Monica Mountains. Gloves and training will be provided.

Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Sunscreen is recommended. Be sure to bring a water bottle that you can refill.

We will be meeting and working at the Bonsall Dr. parking lot.

RSVP to Alix Sisolak at Alix_sisolak@contractor.nps.gov

Zuma Canyon includes restrooms, picnic area and beautiful hiking trails. Come work in the morning, and end with a picnic lunch!

 

Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Aug 4 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center | Calabasas | California | United States

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!

Night Sky Festival @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Night Sky Festival @ Paramount Ranch | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wonder what’s above us? Here’s your chance to experience the night sky with astronomers and discover the vast expanse beyond earth. Telescopes will be directed at other planets and objects in our Milky Way Galaxy. Fun, educational children activities will be available. Kids can also become a Night Sky Junior Ranger! Remember to bring a red lens flashlight to help preserve our night vision throughout the event.

The event goes from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m.:

  • 7:00 – 9:00: Kid’s Activities
  • 7:00 – 8:00: Native American night sky stories by Hupa native Kat High
  • 7:30 – 8:30: Night Sky Preservation Presentation by Ashley Pipkin
  • 8:30 – 10:30: Telescope Viewing

Ashley Pipkin is a Natural Sound and Night Skies Biologist, for the Pacific west region of the National Park Service. Her presentation will focus on ecological impacts of light pollution on humans and wildlife.

Parking and entrance is free. Paramount Ranch is located at 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. For more information please call the Visitor Center at 805-370-2301.

Summer Campfire Program @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Campfire Program @ Malibu Creek State Park

Join a Malibu Creek State Park docent at a special evening presentation at the campground amphitheater. Parking is $3/hour. Note that the astronomy programs start at 8:00 pm (June 23 & August 11).

June 16: “Rockin’ Reptile Safari” with The Reptile Family
June 23: “Mysteries and Wonders of the Night Sky” with Collin O’Mara-Green (8pm)
June 30: “Awesome Animals” with The Nature of WildWorks
July 14: “History, Mystery, Stories and Music of the First People of the Santa Monica Mountains” with Peter Rice
July 21:”Awesome Animals” with The Nature of WildWorks
July 28: “History, Mystery, Stories and Music of the First People of the Santa Monica Mountains” with Peter Rice
August 4: “Rockin’ Reptile Safari” with The Reptile Family
August 11: Mysteries and Wonders of the Night Sky” with Collin O’Mara-Green (8pm)