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
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
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!

Transit to Trails: Explore Topanga Beach @ Vista Hermosa Natural Park Tickets
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transit to Trails: Explore Topanga 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 Topanga 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!

Jul
7
Sun
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve Tickets
Jul 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve | Los Angeles | California | United States

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.

Jul
12
Fri
Bird Beak Buffet Jr. Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jul 12 @ 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!