Aug
2
Thu
“Keep It Wild! Malibu’s Mountains and Ocean” Photo Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm

Photographer Jazan Kozma’s “Keep It Wild” series is an ongoing project focused on exploring the natural wonders of the mountains and ocean in the Malibu area.  “My mission is to reveal the beauty of the land and ocean, the wildlife, and the cultural landscape of ancient peoples – to photograph the still-wild places that exist even within view of our domesticated world.” J.K.

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

The Call, California Sea Lions, Point Dume Natural Reserve, Malibu, CA. Photo: Jazan Kozma.

Falling Water, Malibu Creek, Santa Monica Mountains, CA. Photo: Jazan Kozma.

Boney Falls, Santa Monica Mountains, CA. Photo: Jazan Kozma.

Aug
21
Tue
Hike in Franklin Canyon @ Franklin Canyon Tickets
Aug 21 @ 7:30 am
Hike in Franklin Canyon @ Franklin Canyon | Beverly Hills | California | United States

Moderately paced 5 mile, 800 ft gain hike up and down a chaparral canyon, with a wonderful view of WLA and the Pacific Ocean, and beside a lake in the midst of Beverly Hills. Meet 7:30 AM at Franklin Park/Ranch parking lot. From 101 Fwy take Coldwater Canyon south 2 1/2 miles where it crosses Mulholland Drive West. Make a 90º turn onto Franklin Canyon Drive (sign reads Road Closed 800 yrds) and enter park. Pass upper parking lot at nature center, continue veering right around lake. Turn right at stop sign at bottom of lake, drive ½ mile and veer left on Lake Drive. Follow to end and park. Warning: Stop at camera monitored stop signs in park or you will be ticketed. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Aug
25
Sat
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons Tickets
Aug 25 @ 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!

 

Native American Dance Demonstration @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Native American Dance Demonstration @ Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

Kathy Willcuts and Steven Garcia will perform traditional Native American dance, including Northern Traditional and shawl dancing. Steven Garcia is of Yaqui-Mescalero, Tongva descent and will be performing Northern Traditional style. Kathy Willcuts will be performing traditional Shawl dancing from her Rosebud Lakota tribe. Each dance demonstration will have a brief explanation of the meaning of the dance. Steven and Kathy are dedicated presenters at the Satwiwa Culture Center. They each present various workshops throughout the year.

 

There are no reservations required to attend this evening program. Please wear layers for changing weather conditions and bring a flashlight. Feel free to bring camping chairs for comfortableness.

All ages welcome. If you have general questions about the location and directions please call the visitor center at 805-370-2301.

Aug
26
Sun
Set to Screen @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Set to Screen @ Paramount Ranch | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Learn the secrets that turn a dusty set into a realistic town. Join us on this easy-paced walk behind the scenes to discover the illusions and history of this Ranch. Rain or predicted rain cancels. l hr.

Full Moon Hike at Franklin Canyon @ Franklin Canyon Park Tickets
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Full Moon Hike at Franklin Canyon @ Franklin Canyon Park | Beverly Hills | California | United States
Join us for our monthly full moon hike led by a Naturalist Volunteer. It will be a moderate hike that begins at the Franklin Canyon Ranch Parking Lot. This hike will approximately take 2 1/2 hours covering about 2.8 miles roundtrip.
Please bring water, snacks, have sturdy shoes and optional light source. 
Aug
28
Tue
Hike in Topanga State Park @ Hike in Topanga State Park - Dead Horse and Nature Trails Tickets
Aug 28 @ 8:00 am
Hike in Topanga State Park @ Hike in Topanga State Park - Dead Horse and Nature Trails | Topanga | California | United States

Moderately paced 5 mile, 600 ft gain hike in Topanga State Park along the Backbone Trail. We will include the Nature Trail. Deer sightings common. Meet 8:00 AM at Trippet Ranch fee parking lot. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Topanga Canyon Blvd 7 ½ mi. south to Entrada Rd, turn left (east), and go about a mile to fee lot. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Aug
30
Thu
Hike to Buzzard’s Roost @ Newton Canyon Tickets
Aug 30 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Hike to Buzzard's Roost @ Newton Canyon | Malibu | California | United States

Moderately paced 8 mile 1400 gain hike on scenic trail through lovely canyon, then on fire road with great mountain and ocean views, to Buzzards Roost. Meet 8 AM Newton Canyon Trailhead. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Kanan Rd exit, go south on Kanan Rd to paved trailhead parking area on west side just north of Tunnel 1 (3rd tunnel from 101 about 1 3/4 miles past Mulholland Hwy). Bring 2 quarts water, lunch, sturdy hiking footwear, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Sep
1
Sat
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Sep 1 @ 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!

Park After Dark: Sunset Tarantula Hike @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Sep 1 @ 6:30 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.