Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Programs in Ventura County


Free events and programs at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area locations in Ventura County and adjacent areas are highlighted below! (updated periodically to remove past activities). For additional details and other event locations, visit

Most activities subject to cancellation if there's significant rain.


Sat 2/24, 3/30, 4/28, 5/25, 10/26, 11/24, 12/28 - Welcome Walk at Malibu Creek State Park 10am to 12:30pm - Join a docent for a refreshing walk along Malibu Creek, through a wooded valley. Learn about fire restoration, plus the park’s animals, plants, early inhabitants, and movies filmed on location. Meet at the Main Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) by the restrooms.

Tue 2/12/19 8:30am - Hike Paramount Ranch - Moderately paced 5 mile, 400 ft gain hike around the burned down (Woolsey Fire) movie set and environs of oak savannas, Medea Creek, chaparral canyons. Meet 8:30 AM at Paramount Ranch parking lot. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Kanan Rd exit, go south on Kanan Rd ½ mile, turn left on Cornell Way and veer to right continuing south 2½ miles to Paramount Ranch entrance on right. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Wed 2/13/19 8-10am - Beginner’s Birdwalk with Conejo Valley Audubon at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Conejo Valley Audubon invites birders of all experience levels to attend our monthly Beginner Bird Walks at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. These walks will be held on the second Wednesday of each month. We will meet at 8:00am at the main parking lot, which is accessible off Lynn Rd at Via Goleta in Newbury Park.

Rancho Sierra Vista is an excellent place to see many of the oak woodlands birds that are common in the Conejo Valley. We will take time to introduce beginning birders to these species and the best techniques for locating and identifying them.

If you have binoculars, please bring them. A few pairs of loaner binoculars will be available. Wear comfortable walking shoes. No sign-up is needed; just show up. Heavy rain will cancel the walk. The leader will be Richard Armerding and he can be reached at 310-701-3878

Sun 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/19/20, 2/16, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19 8am to 11:30am - San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk at Malibu Creek State Park - Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike. Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Sun 2/24 10am to 2pm - Screening KCET’s Tending the Wild at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center will be hosting a screening of KCET’s documentary, “Tending the Wild”. The film focuses on the environmental knowledge of California’s indigenous peoples by exploring how they have actively shaped and tended the land, in the process developing a deep respect and understanding of both plant and animal life. This documentary exemplifies how humans are necessary to live in balance with nature and how traditional practices can inspire a new generation of people to tend their current changing environment.

After the film screening a group discussion will follow- with foods to taste, and learn new ways to use gathering gardens.

Sun 3/10/19 - Tomol Crossing Journey at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - 10am to noon and 1-3pm - Chumash elder Alan Salazar will present an in-depth lecture/discussion on the traditions of tomol crossings that he has been involved in the previous years. Learn about his first hand experiences of the tomol crossings and its importance to the Chumash culture.

There are two lecture sessions are available. The first session begins promptly at 10am. The second session begins at 1pm. Please be on time. All ages welcome. No reservations required.

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

Directions to various locations

Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons: Ventura Fwy (101) to Chesebro Rd exit. Turn north on Palo Comado Canyon Rd then right on Chesebro Rd. Go north 1 mile to park entrance. Turn right and follow road to parking lot.

Circle X Ranch: Pacific Coast Hwy to Yerba Buena Rd. Turn inland; go 5.4 miles to Circle X Ranch contact station.

Sandstone Peak Trailhead: 1 mile north of Circle X Ranch contact station on Yerba Buena Rd. Parking lot is on left.

Mishe Mokwa Trailhead: 1.75 miles north of the Circle X contact station along Yerba Buena Road. Parking lot is on right.

King Gillette Ranch: Ventura Fwy (101) Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Hwy. Park entrance is 0.1 mile on right.

Malibu Creek State Park: Ventura Fwy (101) Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Park entrance is 0.25 mile south of the intersection on Las Virgenes Rd. From Pacific Coast Hwy: north on Malibu Canyon Rd to park entrance on left.

Paramount Ranch: Ventura Fwy (101) to Kanan Rd exit. South on Kanan 0.5 mile. Left on Cornell Way and veer to right. South 2.5 miles, entrance is on right side of the road.

Peter Strauss Ranch is located at 30000 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills.

Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa: Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left at Via Goleta. Continue all the way to a parking lot where the road ends. To get to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, walk 0.3 mile up gravel road from the parking area to brown wooden building. 

Wendy Trailhead: Ventura Fwy (101) to Wendy Dr. exit. South on Wendy Dr to dirt pullout at intersection with Potrero Rd.

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch: From Ventura Fwy (101): Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Hwy. Go 0.1 mile and turn right into entrance of King Gillette Ranch. The visitor center is the first building on your right. 26867 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.

Celebrate the 5th Birthday of Ira the African Lion at Moorpark Teaching Zoo on Feb 2, 2019

Enjoy celebrating the 5th birthday of African Lion “Ira" at American's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Guests of this party will sing “Happy Birthday” to IRA as he claws and bites into his presents at 1pm. All party guests will get a piece of birthday cake and kids can make crowns to wear for this royal event! Adults $8, children and seniors $6, under 2 free. Hours are 11am to 5pm. Check or cash only.

45th Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show on April 13-14, 2019 in Westlake Village

Homeowners who are planning spring and summer projects around their house can talk with professionals for ideas and advice at the 45th Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show.

The show is Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Over 170 vendors will be on hand with information on everything from kitchen and bath remodeling to interior decorating to landscaping, pools and spas. Vendors will also be on hand to discuss rebuilding options for those homeowners whose home or landscaping was destroyed or damaged during last year's fires. Gourmet food trucks will be at the show on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 13.

Home Show hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free passes are available online at Cost at the door: $4 per person. Sponsoring the show this year is BMC, one of the country's largest providers of building products. For more information, call 805-529-0760 or e-mail

Upcoming Events and Activities at the Camarillo Public Library

The City of Camarillo Public Library is located at 4101 Las Posas Road and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm and Friday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. It can be reached at 805.388.5222. The library hosts year-round free activities and programs for the general public, many of which will be highlighted right here (for a complete rundown, visit the library's website at

Upcoming Programs (prior events periodically removed):

Must See Movies (Thursdays at 6:30PM; doors open at 6:15PM)

  • 2/7 - Equalizer 2 (R)

  • 2/14 - Juliet, Naked (R)

  • 2/21 - Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)

  • 2/28 - The Wife (R)

Special Events / Programs for Adults

Sat 2/23 11am to 4pm - Chinese New Year Celebration - Please join us for our annual Chinese New Year Celebration on the Library Lawn. The Ventura County Chinese American Association and the City of Camarillo Public Library are proud to welcome the whole community in celebrating the Year of the Pig. The event will include cultural performances, food trucks, family-friendly activities, and conclude with the very popular Camarillo Lion Dance Troupe. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs and enjoy a fun picnic on the lawn.

Children's Programs

Magic Movin’ Mondays

Monday, Feb. 25 at 10am in the Pirate Ship

Let’s get moving and shaking! The Dance Company of Camarillo will lead an active storytime for toddlers and preschoolers.

Special Dental Storytime

Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10am in the Pirate Ship

Learn about dental hygiene in a fun and child-friendly way with Sarah from the Children’s Dental Group!

Teen Programs (ages 12-17)

Maker Mondays

Mondays from 6:30 - 8pm Community Room

A craft project workshop for Adults and Teens!

Crafty teens and adults can join us for a new craft each month!

Monday, Feb. 11: Celebrate African American

History Month with African inspired jewelry!

Saturday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 2:30pm

Conference Room

Get a free book each month and come to discuss it the following month. Our meetings are fun, casual and not quiet!

President Reagan's Birthday Celebration at Reagan Library in Simi Valley on February 6, 2019


To honor President Ronald Reagan on the anniversary of his birthday, the President of the United States has designated that a program be held at President Reagan’s Memorial Site at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library each year.  Please join us at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as we pay tribute to President Reagan on the anniversary of his 108th birthday on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:30am.

The Commanding General at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton will conduct the ceremony, which will commence at 11:00 a.m. with a music prelude beginning at 10:30 a.m. by the Camp Pendleton Marine Division Band.  The ceremony includes a color guard, chaplain, a brass quintet, a 21-gun salute, the placing of an official White House wreath on President Reagan’s gravesite and keynote remarks by Arizona Senator Jon Kyl.

The ceremony will be held outdoors at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.

This event is free, however, reservations are recommended.  Museum admission will apply to visit the Reagan Museum. Learn more at

Rotary Club of Camarillo 36th Annual Magic Show on Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Rotary Club of Camarillo presents its 36th Annual Magic Show at the Theater on High Street in Moorpark on March 16, 2019.  There will be two performances - 3 pm and 7:30 pm. 

Six great performers from the Magic Castle will be there, including

  • Paul Dwork - The Magic of Merlin

  • Eric Buss - MC and Comedian

  • Ivan Pecel - Master of Juggling

  • Danny Cole - Illusionist & Quick Change

  • Joseph Tran - Magic, Illusions & Comedy

  • Naathan Phan - “Magic Asian Man”

Tickets are available for $40 at Merlin's Magic, 699 Mobil Ave, Camarillo, or call 805-388-7669, or email  Seating is limited.  Proceeds will benefit local charities through the Camarillo Rotary Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Rotary is a worldwide volunteer organization with more than 1.2 million members in 200 countries.  Rotarians provide humanitarian services and build goodwill and peace in communities around the world.  For more information, see

Civil War Days at Strathearn Historical Park Simi Valley February 2-3, 2019



Strathearn Historical Park will transform itself into a small town in rural America in the 1860’s for the 8th Annual Civil War Days Encampment on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10am-4pm and February 3, 2019 from 10am-3pm.

Step back to another place and time, when President Lincoln could take a break from his Washington duties to give a speech on the steps of our Strathearn House.  Here, costumed civilians, as well as soldiers from the north and south stand ready in their camps, eager to tell their stories to the passing visitors. Sergeants drill groups of local boys and girls curious to experience military life. Skirmishes, as well as artillery, infantry and cavalry demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend.

Highlights include:

  • President Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg Address

  • General Ulysses S. Grant & General Robert E. Lee reenact the Surrender at Appomattox

  • Kids wanted as recruits – come early & enlist, plus interview a soldier for a school report

  • Civil War Era Boutiques on Sutlers Row offer unique treasures

  • Authentic artillery, Infantry & Cavalry demonstrations

  • Old fashioned dance lessons by Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society

  • Tour historic Simi houses & buildings

  • Food for sale from Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley

Advance Adult Tickets: $5 on-line tickets at

Tickets at the Gate:  $7 ages 13 and up; $3 ages 5 to 12 and free to 4 and under. $5 for active/retired military with ID.

Strathearn Historical Park & Museum is located at 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley.  Information: (805) 526-6453,,