Jul
1
Sun
King Gillette Ranch and Beyond Art Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am – Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm
King Gillette Ranch and Beyond            Art Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center

King Gillette Ranch and Beyond – Art Exhibit & Sale

Amy Rippee’s vibrant landscape paintings invite others to wander the trails and roads of the Santa Monica Mountains, from King Gillette Ranch to the sea.

A portion of the funds from art sales will be donated to continuing arts in the Santa Monica Mountains.

July 1 – 30      9 am – 5 pm daily

Meet the Artist:  Sat, July 7   1 pm – 3 pm  

Jul
21
Sat
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons Tickets
Jul 21 @ 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!

 

Park After Dark: Sunset Tarantula Hike @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jul 21 @ 7:00 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.

Park After Dark: The Stars of Paramount Ranch @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 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!

Ghosts of Paramount's Past Ranger Program

Enter a dark, empty town built for the movies. 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.

Jul
22
Sun
Artist Led Hike & Live Nature Drawing @ Peter Strauss Ranch Tickets
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Artist Led Hike & Live Nature Drawing @ Peter Strauss Ranch

Join artist Ida Ihmels at 11 a.m. for a walk along the Peter Strauss Ranch loop trail, a one-mile loop. There will be a discussion around the pieces, “Spring is in the Air,” placed along the 1-mile loop trail, as well as the opportunity to participate in a live nature drawing. Materials will be provided by the artist.

Jul
27
Fri
Full Moon Poetry Workshop @ Peter Strauss Ranch Tickets
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Full Moon Poetry Workshop @ Peter Strauss Ranch

Join artist Ben Allanoff at his “Perch” installation of woven reeds for a full moon evening of reading and writing renku. No experience or ability required or expected.

This is a creative activity to do with others in the moonlight on a beautiful summer evening. Renku is a Japanese form of poetry that dates all the way back to the 1300s. It is poetry written by a group in one session. One person writes a few lines inspired by the setting, or the season, the moon or whatever. Then, each participant adds a few lines of their own, allowing the theme to evolve, resuting in one long, collectively written poem to mark the occasion.

Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, pencil and paper.

Jul
29
Sun
Set to Screen @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Jul 29 @ 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.

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
4
Sat
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons Tickets
Aug 4 @ 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!

 

Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Aug 4 @ 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!