Jul
5
Fri
TOPANGA CANYON DOCENTS TRAINING – REGISTRATION @ Topanga State Park - Trippet Ranch Tickets
Jul 5 – Sep 14 all-day
TOPANGA CANYON DOCENTS TRAINING - REGISTRATION @ Topanga State Park - Trippet Ranch

The Topanga Canyon Docents (TCD) is an organization of volunteer docents at Topanga State Park. Each year a Fall Naturalist Training Program is offered to introduce new docents 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 Topanga Canyon Docents 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. Membership in TCD includes other benefits besides the training program. Throughout the year docent members have hikes, potluck gatherings, trips, seminars and educational workshops. The cost of this program in $100. The training course fee includes a one-year membership. Come enjoy Topanga State Park, a unique wild area close to home.

DOCENT TRAINING SESSIONS
SIX SATURDAY CLASSES 9:30-3:30 pm September 14, 28; October 12, 26; November 9, 23
FIVE SUNDAY INTERPRETIVE WALKS 9:30-12:30 pm September 22; October 6, 20; November 3, 17

Study Subjects include: • Chumash and Tongva Cultures • Native Plants and Plant Communities • Fire Ecology • Geology • Mammals, Insects and Birds • Reptiles/Amphibians • Climate and Its Effect • Naturalist Leadership

Registration forms may be downloaded from our website: Docents Fall Training Registration Now Open – Topanga Canyon Docents

Docents Fall Training Registration Now Open – Topanga Canyon Docents
Learn more about the nature that surrounds you and become a Docent volunteer.

http://www.topangacanyondocents.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-Fall-Training_Registration-form.pdf

If you have questions, please contact our registration coordinator,
Karin Benson, at 310-455-3143 or karinbens@gmail.com

Jul
26
Fri
Adventures with a Ranger/ Aventuras con un Ranger! @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jul 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Adventures with a Ranger/ Aventuras con un Ranger! @ King Gillete Ranch

Come and enjoy a nice hike to Inspiration Point at King Gillette Ranch! Explore what types of plants and animals are native to the park and discover the rich history of the individuals that once lived and visited the park.

This ranger led program is about mile hike and all ages are welcomed! Meet the Ranger by the water fountain at the Visitor Center.

Descubra su Parque Nacional cerca de usted, con un Ranger! Esta caminata de una milla o 1,609 metros consiste de pláticas sobre las plantas y animales nativos de las Montañas de Santa Mónica. También descubrirá la historia y las personas que vivián antes en este lugar.

Este programa es para todas las edades. Por favor traiga agua, una gorra, bloqueador para el sol y zapatos para caminar. El Ranger los esperara cerca de la fuente de agua.

Jul
27
Sat
Story Time & Nature Walk-kids 4-10 @ Franklin Canyon-Sooky Goldman Nature Center Tickets
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Story Time & Nature Walk-kids 4-10 @ 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.
Please be on time, as not all Story Time readings happen inside the Nature Center

What’s On Your Plate Geology Hike @ Solstice Canyon Tickets
Jul 27 @ 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.

Junior Ranger Adventures @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Junior Ranger Adventures @ King Gillete Ranch

Explore the Santa Monica Mountains with a ranger and earn a junior ranger badge! On a short walk, learn how to hike safely, identify plants and animals, and use your senses to explore the world around us. Free junior ranger activity books will be available.

The program is aimed for kids 5-11 but all ages are welcome to participate. Meet at 2 PM by the fountain at the King Gillette Visitor Center.

Jul
28
Sun
Bees Out, Man! Jr. Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Bees Out, Man! Jr. Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch

Learn about the diverse species of bees that live in the Santa Monica Mountains! Participate in fun activities and a short hike in search of the buzzing pollinators that are vital to the health of local ecosystems!

History Hike at Rancho Sierra Vista @ Satwiwa Culture Center at Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
History Hike at Rancho Sierra Vista @ Satwiwa Culture Center at Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

Explore and learn! Join Ranger Aaron for a short 1-mile guided hike at Rancho Sierra Vista and learn about the ranching history of this park site!
This hike will feature occasional stops along the trail where we will learn about the different periods and people who helped shape Rancho Sierra Vista.

Following the hike we will explore locations where historic photographs were taken at Rancho Sierra Vista as early as 1900 to get a before-and-after look of how the Ranch has evolved through time.

It is estimated that this hike should be approximately 1 hour in length to cover both the hike and the talk. The exploration with photographs should take approximately 45 minutes. There will also be plenty of time afterwards for any questions!

We will be meeting and ending at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center. We will start our hike at 10:15am.

Please bring shoes appropriate for hiking, water, and sunblock. Rain cancels.

Jul
30
Tue
Hike Stunt Trail to Topanga Lookout @ Santa Monica Mountains NRA Tickets
Jul 30 @ 7:30 am
Hike Stunt Trail to Topanga Lookout @ Santa Monica Mountains NRA

Moderately paced 6 mile hike to Topanga Lookout and beyond with 160 feet of elevation gain. We will be hiking to a spot about a mile past the lookout to explore some sandstone formations and fossils. Meet at 7:30 at the trailhead on Stunt Road. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Valley Circle/Mulholland Dr exit south, drive .6 miles and turn right on Valmar Rd (becomes Old Topanga Cyn Rd), then right on Mulholland Hwy for 3½ miles, left on Stunt Rd for 3.9 miles, park on dirt shoulder on right, just before the summit. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Aug
3
Sat
Transit to Trails: Explore Manhattan Beach @ Vista Hermosa Natural Park Tickets
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transit to Trails: Explore Manhattan Beach @ Vista Hermosa Natural Park

Open to all!

Want to visit a new hiking trail but need a ride? We got you! Join us on a free hike led by one of our experienced and bilingual naturalists, or if you’d prefer you can explore the park on your own.

For questions regarding accessibility, contact us at info@communitynatureconnection.org.

All fitness levels are welcome!
Family-friendly.
All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

WHEN:
Bus Arrives at 9:00 AM and will return by 4:00 PM.
Seating is on a first come, first-served basis.

WHERE:
Meet in the parking lot of Vista Hermosa Natural Park.
We’ll board the bus and then head to Manhattan Beach.

WHAT TO BRING:
Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes. Pack water, a lunch, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses in a backpack. Bring swimwear and a towel if you plan on getting in the water!

Presented by Community Nature Connection in association with Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, all working to connect you to your public lands!

Can’t make it? Trips are scheduled at Vista Hermosa Natural Park on the 1st Saturday of every month!

Aug
10
Sat
Transit to Trails: Explore Will Rogers State Beach @ Pacoima City Hall Tickets
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transit to Trails: Explore Will Rogers State Beach @ Pacoima City Hall

Open to all!

Want to visit a new hiking trail but need a ride? We got you! Join us on a free hike led by one of our experienced and bilingual naturalists, or if you’d prefer you can explore the park on your own.

For questions regarding accessibility, contact us at: info@communitynatureconnection.org

All fitness levels are welcome!
Family-friendly.
All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

WHEN:
Bus Arrives at 9:00 AM and will return by 4:00 PM.
Seating is on a first come, first-served basis.

WHERE:
Meet at Pacoima City Hall. We’ll load onto a bus and then head to Will Rogers State Beach.

WHAT TO BRING:
Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes. Pack water, a lunch, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses in a backpack. Bring swimwear and a towel if you plan on getting in the water!

Presented by Community Nature Connection in association with Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, all working to connect you to your public lands!

Can’t make it? Trips are scheduled at Pacoima City Hall on select dates throughout the year! Check our Facebook Events page for more trips.