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
19
Fri
Bees Out, Man! Jr. Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jul 19 @ 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!

Jul
21
Sun
Junior Ranger Adventures @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Junior Ranger Adventures @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center

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 Visitor Center. Call (805) 370-2301 for any questions.

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
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon Tickets
Jul 28 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

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!

Aug
4
Sun
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve Tickets
Aug 4 @ 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.

Aug
25
Sun
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon Tickets
Aug 25 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.