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
20
Sat
Transit to Trails: Explore Topanga Beach @ Pacoima City Hall Tickets
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transit to Trails: Explore Topanga 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 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 Pacoima City Hall on select dates throughout the year! Check our Facebook Events page for more trips.

Wildlife and Human Connection Jr.Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Wildlife and Human Connection Jr.Ranger Program @ King Gillete Ranch

What wildlife do you see in the park? We share our parks with many interesting an important creatures! Join Ranger Konstanze in a Jr Ranger activity and learn about unique characteristics of some wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains!

Jul
21
Sun
Jr. Ranger Program: California Native Plant Scavenger Hunt @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jr. Ranger Program: California Native Plant Scavenger Hunt @ Rancho Sierra Vista

Earn your Junior Ranger pin while exploring Satwiwa’s ethno-botanic garden with Ranger Ashley. Learn how to identify some of California’s native plants and how the Chumash Native American’s once utilized them in their daily lives!

Jul
26
Fri
Jr. Ranger Program: California Native Plant Scavenger Hunt @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Jul 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jr. Ranger Program: California Native Plant Scavenger Hunt @ King Gillete Ranch

Earn your Junior Ranger pin while exploring the visitor center’s native plant garden with Ranger Ashley. Learn how to identify some of California’s native plants and how the Chumash Native American’s once utilized them in their daily lives!

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.

Who Lives Here? Jr. Ranger Program @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jul 27 @ 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.

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!