Jun
28
Fri
What’s On Your Plate Geology Hike @ Solstice Canyon Tickets
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
What's On Your Plate Geology Hike @ Solstice Canyon

Do you think about what’s on your plate? Southern California rests on the Pacific Plate and the Santa Monica Mountains are a result of the Earth’s continuous shifting. These mountains have a fascinating origin story that shape how we live our lives today. Enjoy a hike with a park ranger and discover how plates move, mountains lift, get squeezed, and wither away to create the beautiful place we call Southern California.

Meet at the Solstice Canyon parking lot for this is a moderate 2 mile guided hike. All are welcome. Hike begins at 10:00 AM.

Please bring water, sunscreen, a hat, sturdy shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Who Lives Here? Jr. Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jun 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Who Lives Here? Jr. Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch

Join a ranger and learn something cool about the many different owls in the Santa Monica Mountains. Practice your scientific exploration skills with an owl pellet dissection activity. Earn a Jr. Ranger badge and get sworn in by a ranger! Family friendly fun for all ages.

Jun
29
Sat
Bird Beak Buffet Jr. Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jun 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bird Beak Buffet Jr. Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch

How do birds eat their food? Why are beaks so many different shapes and sizes? Earn a junior ranger pin by joining a park ranger in an fun activity to discover how different beaks help birds eat many kinds of foods! Drop in any time between 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM for this 15 minute activity!

Who Lives Here? Jr. Ranger Program @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jun 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Who Lives Here? Jr. Ranger Program @ Rancho Sierra Vista

Join a ranger and learn something cool about the many different owls in the Santa Monica Mountains. Practice your scientific exploration skills with an owl pellet dissection activity. Earn a Jr. Ranger badge and get sworn in by a ranger! Family friendly fun for all ages.

Jun
30
Sun
Volunteer Opportunity at Yerba Mansa Meadow @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jun 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Volunteer Opportunity at Yerba Mansa Meadow @ Rancho Sierra Vista
The Yerba Mansa Meadow restoration project seeks to restore/enhance approximately 10.8 acres of wetland, riparian and upland habitat through invasive species removal and revegetation with native plants. This meadow is a good example of an ephemeral wetland that has yerba mansa as a dominant species, and this is somewhat uncommon.
 
This project aims to restore native habitat, and to improve habitat for bird roosting and nesting by introducing native plants that provide a variety of food sources. We will also improve the natural appearance of the wetlands.
 
Native species for this project include species known to occur in and around wetland areas (yerba mansa, mugwort, spreading rush, mule fat, golden current, deer grass, giant wild rye) and common coastal sage scrub species (purple sage, California buckwheat , California sagebrush, elderberry).

Please RSVP through: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-opportunity-at-yerba-mansa-meadow-tickets-61435875357

 
Wear hiking attire, bring water/resuable water bottle, sunscreen, and a sun hat.
 
For more information, contact:
Lei De Vera at National Park Service tel. 805-370-2300 x3325
Directions:
 
Main entrance cross street is Via Goleta and Lynn Road, Newbury Park, CA, 91320
GPS Coordinates for Entrance (Via Goleta & Lynn Road): N 34.1569 W -118.9733
Main Entrance: Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left.
 
It is best to park in the equestrian or overflow parking lot and walk to the restoration. The distance to the restoration site is less than a quarter of a mile.
“Welcome Walk” @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Welcome Walk" @ Malibu Creek State Park

Join a docent for a refreshing walk along Malibu Creek, through a wooded valley. Learn about fire restoration, plus the park’s animals, plants, early inhabitants, and movies filmed on location. Meet at the Main Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) by the restrooms.

Meet the Pumas in the Park @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet the Pumas in the Park @ King Gillete Ranch

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.

Jul
5
Fri
Junior Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jul 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Junior Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch

Learn how to become a Junior Ranger for the Santa Monica Mountains. Activites include learning about the Chumash history and playing a game with a ranger.

This ranger led activity is for all ages!

A Mountain’s Golden Hour Sunset Hike @ Circle X Ranch Tickets
Jul 5 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
A Mountain's Golden Hour Sunset Hike @ Circle X Ranch

Hike with Ranger Nico to say farewell to the day from Sandstone Peak, the highest point in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

During this hike, you will learn how the mountains have a relationship with people and influence our choices and daily life.

This is a 3 mile (round trip) strenuous hike. There is a 1,000 foot elevation gain.

Bring water, sturdy shoes, a headlamp, and layers for cooler temperatures. The presentation will conclude at the peak and the ranger will walk back when the sun sets. Visitors are welcome to hike back to the parking lot with Ranger Nico or stay on the peak.

Please meet at the Sandstone Peak Trailhead at 5:30 p.m. There is very little cell reception in this area. Directions are posted below.

Sunset is at 8:11 PM

Directions
12896 Yerba Buena Road, Malibu, CA, 90265 (Circle X Ranch address. Continue north 1 mile to reach the Sandstone Peak Trailhead).

To get to Circle X Ranger Station: Pacific Coast Hwy to Yerba Buena Rd. Turn inland; go 5.4 miles to Circle X Ranch contact station.
Sandstone Peak Trailhead: 1 mile north of Circle X Ranch contact station on Yerba Buena Rd. Parking lot is on left.

RSVP at https://bit.ly/2Xw3G2f

Jul
6
Sat
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Jul 6 @ 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!