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 samofund.org/calendar.
Most activities subject to cancellation if there's significant rain.
NOTE: FEDERAL SHUTDOWN MAY IMPACT SOME OF THESE EVENTS; IN PARTICULAR, THOSE HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.
Sat 1/26, 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 2/5/19 8:30am to 1pm - Hike to China Flat at Palo Comado Canyon (Sunnycrest Drive Trailhead) - Moderately paced 6 mile, appx. 1000 ft gain hike in scenic Simi Hills, through chaparral, grasslands and oaks, with great views, to the vernal pool at China Flat. Meet 8:30 AM at Sunnycrest trailhead. From 101 Fwy take Kanan Rd exit and go north 2.2 miles to Sunnycrest Dr. and turn right. Continue 0.8 miles to the “Public Recreation Trail” sign on right and park along curb. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.
Sun 2/10 10am to noon, 1-3pm - Gourd Necklace Workshop at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park - Get creative with Potawatomi artist Nadiya Littlewarrior as she presents a workshop on making and decorating gourd necklaces. The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshop begins at 1pm. Please be on time. All ages welcome. Materials will be provided.
To make reservations please email: email@example.com or call 805-418-3163. Please include the title of the workshop you will be attending, how many in your party (parents/adults included), the contact name for the reservation and contact info. Reservations fill up quickly. Please reserve no later than February 6th!
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.
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.