Interested in joining a guided hike along the entire 67-mile Backbone Trail?
Join us for the National Park Service’s 2019 Backbone Trail (BBT) Hike, led by volunteers and rangers. From January to May, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, we’ll day-hike sections of the BBT.
As space is limited, applications are REQUIRED to join. Find out more and apply here:
For nearly 100 years, Paramount Ranch has set the scene for hundreds of movies, TV shows, and photo shoots. That includes a number of monster, paranormal, and other supernatural films and shows, from “The Forbidden Trail” (1932) to “Van Helsing” (2004), and episodes of the X-Files and HBO’s Westworld. In keeping with that theme, the National Park Service will host a one-of-a-kind event on Saturday, October 27, called Scare-amount Ranch.
The family-friendly Halloween event will combine elements of film history and nature. Kids activities will include making fake movie blood and nocturnal animal-themed crafts. Groups can choose from two self-guided hikes into the backlot woods, one which will be family-friendly, the other for those looking for a little scare.
Other activities will include a screening of the 1940 classic Dr. Cyclops, which was shot at Paramount Ranch; costume contest, face painting, selfies in the jailhouse; a spider zoo; and ranger stations throughout the ranch grounds.
The free event with complimentary parking takes place from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Flashlights and a jacket are recommended.
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!
Come work with the biologists from the Santa Monica Mountains National Park Service to dissect sterilized coyote scat (poop!) collected in Thousand Oaks, and to identify the contents! Please RSVP at our Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coyote-scat-id-party-samo-nps-headquarters-november-tickets-49491633809
We will provide protective equipment and tools. We will also provide bagels and coffee, but feel free to bring lunch/snacks for yourself or to share!
We ask that participants under age 16 come with a parent or guardian, and to our younger audiences, please realize that scat dissection is a delicate science and requires patience and focus. If you’re coming with a kid, please download a ticket for each of you.
Join rangers and astronomers for stargazing! Telescopes will be set up in the main trailhead parking lot. If conditions permit, we’ll look at bright planets and distant galaxies.
Dress warmly. In order to preserve night vision, red flashlights and headlamps are preferred. Restrooms are available. The event is free and accessible.
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.
Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains features 15 miles of streamside trails through oak and sycamore woodlands. It has also been extensively used as a movie set for many features and TV shows. While here we will look for hawks, sparrows, woodpeckers, bluebirds, finches, and other winter species. Perhaps we will encounter a Phainopepla, Loggerhead Shrike, Red-breasted Sapsucker, and Lincoln’s Sparrow. There is a $12 parking fee, so carpooling is recommended. Meet at the Rancho Park & Ride at 7:30 am if you would like to carpool. Leader: Dee Lyon
Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike.
Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.