25th Anniversary MLK Day of Service


January 18, 2020 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
National Park Service

“We have a dream…” A dream to see local communities restoring their public lands with native plants… Help us make that dream a reality on Saturday, January 18th!

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday marks the 25th anniversary of the Day of Service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. The Corporation for National and Community service has been charged to lead this effort for the last quarter century. 
In honor of the 25th Anniversary of MLK Day of Service, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is offering two restoration events – one at Franklin Canyon and the other at Rancho Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa. Both events require an RSVP. Wear hiking attire, bring water/resuable water bottle, sunscreen, and a sun hat. See information below.
1. Franklin Canyon at Sooky Goldman Nature Center
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Check in and light breakfast.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Various restoration activities such as trail widening, tree/ shrub trimming, and invasive species removal. 
Park at the main parking lot and meet at the Nature Center. Parking will be free during the volunteer event.
For more information about this event and to RSVP, click on the following link:
2. Yerba Mansa Meadow at Rancho Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Check in and site overview.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Invasive weed removal, planting native plants and shrubs, and watering plants within the restoration site.
The Yerba Mansa Meadow restoration project seeks to restore/enhance approximately 10.8 acres of wetland, riparian and upland habitat through invasive species removal and revegetation with native plants. This meadow is a good example of an ephemeral wetland that has yerba mansa as a dominant species, and this is somewhat uncommon.
This project aims to restore native habitat, and to improve habitat for bird roosting and nesting by introducing native plants that provide a variety of food sources. We will also improve the natural appearance of the wetlands.
For more information about this event and to RSVP, click on the following link: