Oct
19
Sat
Archaeology Day @ Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - King Gillette Ranch Tickets
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
October is California Archaeology Month, and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is celebrating it with Archaeology Day!

Bring the entire family to King Gillette Ranch to join us in celebrating International Archaeology Day! This event will be family friendly with activities for people of all ages!

  • Native American performances
  • Dig up “artifacts” like an archaeologist in the hands-on excavation box
  • Practice throwing an atlatl spear at a target
  • Watch flint knapping demonstrations as experts turn stone into arrowheads
  • See genuine local artifacts on display
  • Learn more about history and prehistory with our hands-on replica artifact tables
  • Learn about the difference between archaeologists and paleontologists (hint: archaeologists don’t dig dinosaurs)
  • Enjoy presentations by local archaeologists
  • Learn about anthropology programs in local schools
  • Learn about Native American history and become a Jr. Ranger!

This event & parking is completely free and open to the public. Sign up is optional, but can be done for free here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/archaeology-day-tickets-72413323199

Questions about this event? Contact us at the Interagency Visitor’s Center at King Gillette Ranch.

Phone: (805)-370-2301

Email: Samo_Interpretation@nps.gov

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.

Story Time & Nature Walk-Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center Tickets
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Story Time & Nature Walk-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, all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Meets inside the Sooky Goldman Nature Center.
Wear closed toe shoes and bring water.

Nov
2
Sat
Movie Magic Hike @ Franklin Canyon-Sooky Goldman Nature Center Tickets
Nov 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Movie Magic Hike @ Franklin Canyon-Sooky Goldman Nature Center

Join our resident film enthusiast for a guided hike to view classic film and television locations, and learn the Hollywood history of Franklin Canyon. Franklin Canyon has been the chosen film location for Hollywood productions since the silent film era. Come and walk in the steps of Andy Griffith, Capt Kirk, and Clark Gable.
Meets outside the Sooky Goldman Nature Center.
Please wear closed toe shoes.
This hike is rated Easy with steps.

Nov
13
Wed
Full Moon Hike-Frost Moon @ Franklin Canyon-Lower Ranch Tickets
Nov 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike-Frost Moon @ Franklin Canyon-Lower Ranch

Join us for a free guided hike beneath the light of a full moon!
November’s full moon is called the Frost Moon because in some parts of the country it is when the first frost of winter is expected.

Full moon hikes are family friendly and approximately 2.5 miles
with a moderate incline.
Please dress in layers for changing temperatures, wear closed toe shoes, and bring water.

Hike meets in the Lower Ranch Parking Lot-GPS 1936 Lake Dr, 90210

Nov
30
Sat
Story Time & Nature Walk-Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center Tickets
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Story Time & Nature Walk-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, all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Meets inside the Sooky Goldman Nature Center.
Wear closed toe shoes and bring water.

Dec
7
Sat
Movie Magic Hike @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center-Franklin Canyon Tickets
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Movie Magic Hike @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center-Franklin Canyon

Join our resident film enthusiast for a guided hike to view classic film and television locations, and learn the Hollywood history of Franklin Canyon.
Franklin Canyon has been the chosen film location for Hollywood productions since the silent film era. Come and walk in the steps of Andy Griffith, Capt Kirk, and Clark Gable.
Meets outside the Sooky Goldman Nature Center.
Please wear closed toe shoes.
This hike is rated Easy with steps.

Dec
13
Fri
Full Moon Hike-Cold Moon @ Franklin Canyon-Lower Ranch Tickets
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike-Cold Moon @ Franklin Canyon-Lower Ranch

Join us for a free guided hike beneath the light of a full moon!

Cold Moon is a term shared by Indigenous People around the world to signify the arrival of Yule, or the onset of cold temperatures of winter.

Full moon hikes are family friendly and approximately 2.5 miles
with a moderate incline.
Please dress in layers for changing temperatures, wear closed toe shoes, and bring water.

Hike meets in the Lower Ranch Parking Lot-GPS 1936 Lake Dr, 90210

Dec
14
Sat
Winter Solstice-Afternoon Hike @ Franklin Canyon-Lower Ranch Tickets
Dec 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Winter Solstice-Afternoon Hike @ Franklin Canyon-Lower Ranch

Join us for a free guided hike to learn how the changing seasons change the night sky.

The Winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night.
This year it occurs just before the Christmas holiday, so we’re celebrating a week early!

Indigenous Celebrations occurred on this day to celebrate the Moon.

Hike meets in the Lower Ranch Parking Lot-GPS 1936 Lake Dr, 90210

Dec
28
Sat
Story Time & Nature Walk-Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center Tickets
Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Story Time & Nature Walk-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, all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Meets inside the Sooky Goldman Nature Center.
Wear closed toe shoes and bring water.