Sep
2
Mon
Night Visions: Photography Exhibit & Sale @ Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Sep 2 @ 9:00 am – Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm
Night Visions: Photography Exhibit & Sale @ Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center

Wildlife photography taken with a camera trap—a remote camera triggered by a motion sensor—reveals animals we might never see with our own eyes. Johanna Turner aims to take camera trapping to a new level, using her photos to tell a story and create a connection with our beautiful unseen world.

Meet the photographer, Johanna Turner, on Saturday, September 7 from 1:00-3:00 pm.

A portion of the funds from the sales will be donated to further arts programs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Sep
20
Fri
Park After Dark: Protectors of the Night @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Park After Dark: Protectors of the Night @ Paramount Ranch

Join Ranger Luis for a night out in the park to learn more about our lesser known wildlife.
This program will have a short 2 mile hike around Paramount Ranch as we learn about bats’ echolocation, habitat, and overall impact they have in our ecosystem.

Please bring water, headlamps, and a light jacket for the evening.

Sign up on Eventbrite here

Sep
21
Sat
Meet the Pumas in the Park @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Meet the Pumas in the Park @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center

Join Ranger Mithra for guided hike about the protection and survival of the park’s last large mammal carnivores. Learn what wildlife biologists are discovering from a 17-year study and explore the puma’s unique challenges in the nation’s largest urban park. The hike will be about 2 miles round trip. Bring sun protection, water and sturdy shoes. Meet at water fountain at Visitor Center.

For any questions, including directions, call the visitor center at (805) 370-2301.

Autumn Equinox Night Hike @ Franklin Canyon Lower Ranch Tickets
Sep 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Autumn Equinox Night Hike @ Franklin Canyon Lower Ranch

Celebrate the arrival of autumn! Join a Naturalist Guide on a night hike and see how the changing seasons affect the night sky.

Please arrive early. Guests will be unable to enter the park after 6:20, so plan accordingly.

All attendees must park in the paved parking lot as part of the public program to avoid ticketing by Rangers. Guests parking on the road will be ticketed.

Sep
22
Sun
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon Tickets
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon

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)
https://smbasblog.com

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.

Sep
27
Fri
Park After Dark: The Stars of Paramount Ranch @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 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! See the eerie remains of Western Town. 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.

Questions? Call our visitor center at (805) 370-2301.

Sep
28
Sat
Story Time & Nature Walk at Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center Tickets
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Story Time & Nature Walk at Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center

Join a Franklin Canyon Docent for a nature-themed Story Time followed by a Guided Nature Walk around the lake at Franklin Canyon.
Recommended ages are 4-10, all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear closed toed shoes.

Who Lives Here? Jr. Ranger Program @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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.

Oct
1
Tue
Native Vegetation Recovery Following The Woolsey Fire, CNPS Evening Program, Presenter: Mark Mendelsohn, National Park Service @ First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica Tickets
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Native Vegetation Recovery Following The Woolsey Fire, CNPS Evening Program, Presenter: Mark Mendelsohn, National Park Service @ First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica

Native Vegetation Recovery Following The Woolsey Fire, CNPS Evening Program, Presenter: Mark Mendelsohn, National Park Service

ln 2019 the NPS Inventory & Monitoring team completed over 200 Terrestrial Native Vegetation Monitoring Plots in the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills (SMM & SH), more than twice the number of plots monitored in a non-fire year. By the time of the the presenation we hope to have analyzed our large dataset to make conclusions about the status of the vegetation communities following last year’s fires. In general, the SMM & SH experienced a rich and widespread green-up in the winter and spring with the substantial rains received, producing a substantial assemblage of wildflowers (including many fire followers not seen in many years), and a strong recruitment of our native shrubs via resprouting or seedlings. We even documented several populations of the federally endangered Braunton’s milkvetch and one of the rare Blochman’s dudleya. The data we collected will be available for advancing the science of fire ecology, and informing future park management and interpretation programs.

Mark Mendelsohn is a botanist for the National Park Service at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. A little over one year inro the botanist position, Mark has been working with the flora and fauna of the SMM for 6 years, following prior biological research and consulting for the US Geological Survey and private firms.

Event is free and non-members are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.

For more info go to WWW.LACNPS.ORG
**California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter Programs are free to the public.

For more info contact Snowdy.dodson@csun.edu or email or call 818-782-9346. You can email us at LACNPS@LACNPS.ORG.

Oct
5
Sat
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Oct 5 @ 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!