Sep
20
Fri
Park After Dark: Protectors of the Night @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Sep 20 @ 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 2 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.

Sign up on Eventbrite here

Sep
21
Sat
Meet the Pumas in the Park @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Meet the Pumas in the Park @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center

Join Ranger Mithra for guided hike about the protection and survival of the park’s last large mammal carnivores. Learn what wildlife biologists are discovering from a 17-year study and explore the puma’s unique challenges in the nation’s largest urban park. The hike will be about 2 miles round trip. Bring sun protection, water and sturdy shoes. Meet at water fountain at Visitor Center.

For any questions, including directions, call the visitor center at (805) 370-2301.

Sep
28
Sat
Who Lives Here? Jr. Ranger Program @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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.

Oct
1
Tue
Native Vegetation Recovery Following The Woolsey Fire, CNPS Evening Program, Presenter: Mark Mendelsohn, National Park Service @ First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica Tickets
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Native Vegetation Recovery Following The Woolsey Fire, CNPS Evening Program, Presenter: Mark Mendelsohn, National Park Service @ First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica

Native Vegetation Recovery Following The Woolsey Fire, CNPS Evening Program, Presenter: Mark Mendelsohn, National Park Service

ln 2019 the NPS Inventory & Monitoring team completed over 200 Terrestrial Native Vegetation Monitoring Plots in the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills (SMM & SH), more than twice the number of plots monitored in a non-fire year. By the time of the the presenation we hope to have analyzed our large dataset to make conclusions about the status of the vegetation communities following last year’s fires. In general, the SMM & SH experienced a rich and widespread green-up in the winter and spring with the substantial rains received, producing a substantial assemblage of wildflowers (including many fire followers not seen in many years), and a strong recruitment of our native shrubs via resprouting or seedlings. We even documented several populations of the federally endangered Braunton’s milkvetch and one of the rare Blochman’s dudleya. The data we collected will be available for advancing the science of fire ecology, and informing future park management and interpretation programs.

Mark Mendelsohn is a botanist for the National Park Service at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. A little over one year inro the botanist position, Mark has been working with the flora and fauna of the SMM for 6 years, following prior biological research and consulting for the US Geological Survey and private firms.

Event is free and non-members are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.

For more info go to WWW.LACNPS.ORG
**California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter Programs are free to the public.

For more info contact Snowdy.dodson@csun.edu or email or call 818-782-9346. You can email us at LACNPS@LACNPS.ORG.

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!

Coffee with a Scientist @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Coffee with a Scientist @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center
Join Ranger Mithra in welcoming the first guest speaker in our new fall-winter series. California State University Northridge Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies, Dr. Stevie Ruiz will focus on environmental justice issues in Southern California. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided and bringing your own mug is happily encouraged!
Seating is limited. Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-with-a-scientist-tickets-72976333177
Oct
12
Sat
Native Plant Sale Weekend Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13, 2019 @ Sepulveda Garden Center Tickets
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm
Native Plant Sale Weekend Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13, 2019 @ Sepulveda Garden Center

MEMBER PRE-SALE AT 9:30am-10am SATURDAY ONLY – ALL CNPS MEMBERS GET 10% OFF PLANTS & BOOKS
*CNPS members must show CNPS ID card or a recent Toyon with their address label to receive discounts*
We will continue with our expanded selection this year – with a focus on species that can survive in our hot and dry climate – there is a plant that can fill your garden’s needs. Many native plants can survive quite well with natural rainfall once they get established. ltems for sale include perennial wild flowers, irises, mints, sages, berries, hummingbird and butterfly plants, shrubs, perennials, and trees. A diverse selection of wildflower seeds will be available for purchase. Also for sale are new and used natural history and native gardening books, activity books for children, field guides, and posters. Refreshments and lunch will be available for purchase.
During the sale, experienced CNPSers can assist you in selecting plants that are suitable for your garden! Proceeds from the plant sale help support the activities of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains chapter of CNPS.

Sunday October 13, 2019 – Morning Presentation
11am – Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape, by Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams
Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape highlights the current endangered state of our landscapes and offers solution-oriented techniques for zero-waste / carbon-neutral garden designs, drawing upon nature’s processes. Shawn and Leigh focus on how nurturing living soil, capturing rainwater, sequestering carbon, and planting climate-appropriate plants for biodiversity are not just aspirational design practices, but real life solutions accessible to homeowners, garden enthusiasts, and landscape professionals alike. It is possible to enjoy beautiful gardens that work towards carbon neutrality and actively regenerate our environment.
Shawn Maestretti, the principal of SMGA and the creator of the talk series, ‘Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape’, has been designing lush, vibrant green spaces and environmentally sensible gardens since 2006. Shawn is a designer, plantsman, licensed landscape architect, certified arborist, licensed landscape contractor, and educator.
Leigh Adams is an educator, eco-sensitive designer and horticultural interpreter at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens.

**To volunteer for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, please contact Snowdy at 818-782-9346 or at snowdy.dodson@csun.edu

For more info go to WWW.LACNPS.ORG
**California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter Programs are free to the public. Items and Refreshments available for purchase.

For more info contact Snowdy.dodson@csun.edu or email or call 818-782-9346. You can email us at LACNPS@LACNPS.ORG.

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.

Oct
26
Sat
Creepy Creatures of Franklin Canyon-Halloween Event @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center-Franklin Canyon Tickets
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Creepy Creatures of Franklin Canyon-Halloween Event @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center-Franklin Canyon

Join us at Franklin Canyon for a spooky fun time! We’ll learn about some of the not so creepy inhabitants of Franklin Canyon, and finish with crafts and coloring!
Wear your favorite hike-friendly costume-no masks please.
Children must bring a grown up with them.
Please RSVP via email-we will cap this event at 25 children.

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!