Events

Event Calendar for the Santa Monica Mountains

Discover upcoming events occurring in and around the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, our Nation’s largest urban national park. The calendar lists hikes, mountain bike & horseback events, outdoor activities, family friendly excursions and educational programs held across the Santa Monica Mountains.

Santa Monica Mountains Event Calendar

Feb
5
Sun
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve
Feb 5 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Our Sunday walks are easy, informative, and fun. No birdwatching expertise is required. Binoculars are (almost) a must — loaners are available if you contact the walk leader in advance. The Reserve contains a lake that is home to spectacular water birds and the Reserve hosts migrating birds as well as local residents.

More information, pictures, directions, accurate map, contacts at www.sfvaudubon.org/events.

Feb
19
Sun
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park
Feb 19 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

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.

Feb
26
Sun
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon
Feb 26 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

Mar
5
Sun
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve
Mar 5 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Our Sunday walks are easy, informative, and fun. No birdwatching expertise is required. Binoculars are (almost) a must — loaners are available if you contact the walk leader in advance. The Reserve contains a lake that is home to spectacular water birds and the Reserve hosts migrating birds as well as local residents.

More information, pictures, directions, accurate map, contacts at www.sfvaudubon.org/events.

Mar
19
Sun
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park
Mar 19 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

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.

Mar
26
Sun
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon
Mar 26 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

Apr
2
Sun
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve
Apr 2 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Our Sunday walks are easy, informative, and fun. No birdwatching expertise is required. Binoculars are (almost) a must — loaners are available if you contact the walk leader in advance. The Reserve contains a lake that is home to spectacular water birds and the Reserve hosts migrating birds as well as local residents.

More information, pictures, directions, accurate map, contacts at www.sfvaudubon.org/events.

Apr
16
Sun
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park
Apr 16 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

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.

Apr
23
Sun
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon
Apr 23 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

May
7
Sun
Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve
May 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Our Sunday walks are easy, informative, and fun. No birdwatching expertise is required. Binoculars are (almost) a must — loaners are available if you contact the walk leader in advance. The Reserve contains a lake that is home to spectacular water birds and the Reserve hosts migrating birds as well as local residents.

More information, pictures, directions, accurate map, contacts at www.sfvaudubon.org/events.

Activities

Picnic for the Park – April 30, 2022

It’s time to get your tickets for Picnic for the Park 2022: https://samofund.org/picnicforthepark 

Here are five reasons why you should join us on April 30th at 4pm at the Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch for this delightful event:

– Learn from SAMO Fund staffers who work with the National Park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area about wildlife research, trails maintenance, youth programs, the native plant nursery and eco-restoration;
– Listen to live music by Sophia Dion, Jack Severino and their band: https://sophiadion.com
– Enjoy a tasty picnic in this beautiful setting under the oak trees; 
– Take part in the silent auction and win some fab prizes;
– Know that you are supporting our mountains, our home – the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

See you there!

All the best,
The SAMO Fund team

P.S. You can get your tickets here: https://samofund.org/picnicforthepark

With thanks to our sponsors Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW@Annenberg and C.R. Print

Past Events

Join us for Picnic for the Park – Friday, June 4th at 5pm and celebrate the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area – your park! A virtual program will take place at 5pm on that day:
https://samofund.org/picnicforthepark
Find out about wildlife, trails and restoration in your local national park and how you can invest in this work to help safeguard this beautiful place for future generations.

To view the program and to bid on the auction, you will need to register in advance:
https://samofund.org/picnicforthepark
Everyone who registers will be entered into a prize draw for a mountain lion poster as the prize (see below).

Get together with friends and family safely outdoors and enjoy your own Picnic for the Park while you watch the proceedings.

 Panera Bread is holding a fundraiser at two of its locations on the same evening: Westlake Village and Woodland Hills. So, order a picnic from them knowing that 20% will be donated to SAMO Fund.  Find out how here: https://samofund.org/picnicforthepark

Check out the silent auction which opens May 28th. We have plenty of outdoorsy and foodie items and experiences to enjoy. Start bidding early and get ahead of the competition! Don’t forget to register for the event to be able to bid on the items. 

On the night, raise a glass to the Santa Monica Mountains Fund and share a photo of your picnic on social media with hashtag #SAMOPicnicforthePark 

 

Date Night Drive-In and our screening of The Biggest Little Farm is coming up soon – this Saturday April, 24th – and tickets are selling out fast! Join us to celebrate Earth Month and the power of nature to restore the beauty of our environment! Admire the sun setting over the hills as the program begins…

Get your tickets at https://samofund.org/datenight 

Also, Jinky’s Cafe in Agoura Hills, is hosting a fundraiser for Paramount Ranch on the same day – April 24th.  Get your Date Night picnic there and enjoy a delicious feast while watching the film.

RSVP to show your intention of placing an order at Jinky’s before Wednesday, April 21st here:
https://www.groupraise.com/events/186673

Even if you’re not planning on attending the Drive-In, you can still help the cause by ordering yourself a delicious picnic / lunch / dinner on that day through the link above. 

To activate this generous fundraiser and their donation, we need 20 RSVPs by this Wednesday, April 21st.  There is a delicious selection of sandwiches, salads, bowls and desserts on offer. So please help us reach this target!  Bon appetit! 

Help us rebuild Paramount Ranch for future generations of filmmakers, hikers and family festivities! 

Thank you! 

Spring Celebration 2019

The Santa Monica Mountains Fund invites you to join us Sunday, June 9th from 5-7pm for a celebration of renewal and rebirth in the mountains at the Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitors Center at King Gillette Ranch.

November 2018, the Woolsey Fire raged through this area, destroying 88% of the National Park Service land within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The fire wiped out miles of trails, wildlife habitat, Western Town at Paramount Ranch, multiple ranger houses, the Rocky Oaks archives building and more. The road to recovery is long and difficult journey, but progress is being made. The glorious green hillsides and wild flowers after the rain offer hope at a difficult time. While there is still much to be done, we would like to celebrate the rebirth of life to the mountains.

There will be small plates, drinks, music and a silent auction. Spring Celebration 2019 – The Santa Monica Mountains Fund

CONCERT FOR CATS

Julie Newsome is hosting a concert at the beautiful Peter Strauss Ranch to help the mountain lions and bobcats who roam the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.   Enjoy delicious desserts, wonderful wines, and meet biologists to find out more about our big cats who call these mountains home.

Your support helps us continue with our research to better understand how these cats survive in an area where they are hemmed in by freeways and urban development.

Musicians: Kiki Ebsen & Julie Newsome – vocals
Dick Weller – drums  Danny Janklow – saxophone
Jeff Falkner – bass      Josh Nelson – keyboard

Wildlife Update from: Jeff Sikich, Seth Riley, Joanne Moriarty, and Justin Brown

When: Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Time: 6:30pm

Where: Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Price: $100.00 per person
Questions: 818-292-5920 or RSVP to Julie@gmail.com

Concert for the Cats webpage

 

PATAGONIA ACTION WORKS LAUNCH PARTY

 
On February 9, 2018, Save Open Space was proud to be one of the two chosen environmental organizations to be part of Patagonia Action Works Launch Party at Patagonia’s Santa Monica store.
 
This event was in support of grassroots activists working to find solutions to our environmental crisis. Patagonia Action Works connects individuals to organizations working on environmental issues in the same community. Save Open Space is the regional local organization which protects and preserves the Santa Monica Mountains Area and its Zone.
 
Patagonia Action Works helps everyone to connect with environmental groups and get involved in the work they do. Involvement can include learning about upcoming events, signing petitions supporting issues which you care about, volunteering your time, donating to tax deductible causes, and/or offering a skill to help.
SOS information table at Patagonia Santa Monica
SOS Board Member Tim Brehm with climate activist and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez