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
27
Sat
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.

Jul
28
Sun
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.

Aug
17
Sat
Park After Dark: Protectors of the Night @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Park After Dark: Protectors of the Night @ Paramount Ranch

Join Ranger Luis for a night out in the park to learn more about our lesser known wildlife.
This program will have a short 1 mile hike around Paramount Ranch as we learn about bats’ echolocation, habitat, and overall impact they have in our ecosystem.

Please bring water, headlamps, and a light jacket for the evening.

Sep
7
Sat
Transit to Trails: Hike & Explore Malibu Lagoon @ Vista Hermosa Natural Park Tickets
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transit to Trails: Hike & Explore Malibu Lagoon @ 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 Malibu Lagoon.

WHAT TO BRING:
Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes. Pack water, a lunch, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses in a backpack.

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!

Oct
5
Sat
Transit to Trails: Hike & Explore Santa Monica Mountains @ Vista Hermosa Natural Park Tickets
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transit to Trails: Hike & Explore Santa Monica Mountains @ 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 a TBD park in the Santa Monica Mountains. Visit our Facebook Events page for the most up-to-date information on destination.

WHAT TO BRING:
Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes. Pack water, a lunch, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses in a backpack.

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!

Oct
19
Sat
Transit to Trails: P-22 Day at Griffith Park @ Compton Creek Natural Park Tickets
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transit to Trails: P-22 Day at Griffith Park @ Compton Creek 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 at Compton Creek Natural Park. We’ll load onto a bus and then head to Griffith Park where you’ll have the opportunity to take part in festivities at the 4th annual P-22 Day!

WHAT TO BRING:
Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes. Pack water, a lunch, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses in a backpack.

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 Compton Creek Natural Park on select dates throughout the year! Check our Facebook Events page for more trips.

Transit to Trails: P-22 Day at Griffith Park @ Pacoima City Hall Tickets
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transit to Trails: P-22 Day at Griffith Park @ 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 Griffith Park to take part in the P-22 Day festival!

WHAT TO BRING:
Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes. Pack water, a lunch, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses in a backpack.

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.

Nov
2
Sat
Transit to Trails: Hike & Explore Franklin Canyon Park @ Vista Hermosa Natural Park Tickets
Nov 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transit to Trails: Hike & Explore Franklin Canyon Park @ 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 Franklin Canyon Park.

WHAT TO BRING:
Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes. Pack water, a lunch, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses in a backpack.

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!

Nov
9
Sat
Transit to Trails: Hike & Explore Will Rogers State Park @ Compton Creek Natural Park Tickets
Nov 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transit to Trails: Hike & Explore Will Rogers State Park @ Compton Creek 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 at Compton Creek Natural Park. We’ll load onto a bus and then head to Will Rogers State Park to hike and learn about the park’s natural and human history.

WHAT TO BRING:
Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes. Pack water, a lunch, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses in a backpack.

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 Compton Creek Natural Park on select dates throughout the year! Check our Facebook Events page for more trips.