June 15, 2015
Rare frogs survive first year in new home
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- At least a handful of rare frogs have survived their first year in the Santa Monica Mountains, part of the first-ever effort to expand the range of California red-legged frogs in Southern California.
June 05, 2015
New Patrol Horse Donated to National Park Service
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The National Park Service recently welcomed a new patrol horse to its ranks. Known as Jordan, the 10-year-old quarter horse was donated by the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, the park’s official fundraising partner.
May 29, 2015
National Park Service Begins Tracking Mountain Lions in the Verdugo Mountains
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- National Park Service biologists captured a mountain lion in the Verdugo Mountains on May 7, marking the first time a large carnivore has been studied in that small and isolated mountain range.
May 22, 2015
National Park Service Invites Public to National Trails Day June 6
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The National Park Service and its partners invite the public to roll up their sleeves and participate in National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will be repairing a portion of the Backbone Trail east of Encinal Canyon Road.
May 01, 2015
National Park Service Concert Series Kicks Off May 10
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. —The National Park Service’s annual Sunday Concerts in the park will kick off at 4 p.m.May 10 at Peter Strauss Ranch featuring local bands the Hanydymen and the Chance Bands, playing songs from the Eagles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan the Byrds, Mavericks and others.
April 24, 2015
Second Mountain Lion Crosses 101 Freeway, Disperses from Santa Monica Mountains
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Following the example set by his sister, a young male mountain lion known as P-32 recently became the second big cat in less than a month to cross the 101 Freeway and disperse north, out of the Santa Monica Mountains.
April 24, 2015
Report Released on Economic Benefit of Local National Parks
Ventura, CA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows the economic benefit of Channel Islands National Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to our local economy in supporting 706 jobs with a cumulative benefit to the local economy of over $68 million.
April 20, 2015
Find Your Park— Celebrate National Park Week at the Channel Islands and Santa Monica Mountains
Ventura, CA — Today, Channel Islands National Park and Santa Monica National Recreation Area invite the public to celebrate National Park Week at their local parks and to join the Find Your Park National Park Service Centennial campaign.
April 17, 2015
GPS Data Offer Clues on Famous Lion Locations
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- New GPS data provide additional insights into the days before and after the mountain lion known as P-22 was discovered under the crawlspace of a Los Feliz home, triggering an avalanche of media coverage.
March 20, 2015
Mountain Lion Crosses 101 Freeway, Successfully Disperses from Santa Monica Mountains
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – For only the second time since the National Park Service began studying local mountain lions in 2002, researchers have documented a successful crossing of the 101 Freeway.
March 16, 2015
Disease and Freeways Drive Genetic Change in LA Bobcats
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A recent study documents that freeways, urbanization and a disease outbreak have led to significant genetic differentiation among bobcats in and around Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, but that natural selection is helping to reduce potential negative effects. Researchers from UCLA and the National Park Service collaborated on the peer-reviewed article, recently published in the journal Evolutionary Applications.
March 03, 2015
New Restoration Project Will Add 5,000 Plants and Trees to National Park
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Help is on the way to revive native trees and plants in the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains, thanks to a $94,469 grant by the Ventura County Tree Mitigation Fund.
February 11, 2015
National Park Service Hosts Winter Star Party February 21
AGOURA, Calif. – The National Park Service invites the public to attend the Winter Star Party at Paramount Ranch on Saturday, February 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
January 28, 2015
"Oscar Goes Outdoors" Celebrates Hollywood's Movie Mountains
CALABASAS, Calif. — “Oscar Goes Outdoors!” is the theme of a full-day event celebrating Hollywood’s Movie Mountains, co-sponsored by the National Park Service and Western National Parks Association on Sunday, Feb. 15. One week before the Academy Awards, film experts will reveal the secret sites of Oscar-winning and nominated movies shot in the Santa Monica Mountains, from 1939’s “Gone With The Wind” to 2014’s “American Sniper.”
December 04, 2014
New Photos of Griffith Park Mountain Lion Released
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Newly released images indicate the Griffith Park mountain lion known as P-22 has recovered from mange. After capturing the animal for a routine battery change of its tracking collar in March, biologists noted his deteriorated health and treated him for mange and exposure to rat poison.
December 02, 2014
Public Invited to Document Post-Fire Landscape
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Scientists are asking the public to help document how the landscape is recovering from a major fire, and hoping the recent rainfall will lend a helping hand.
October 22, 2014
Applications for Artist-in-Residence Program Due November 21
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Artists from all disciplines are invited to apply for an artist-in-residence program that seeks to connect young people to the Santa Monica Mountains.
October 02, 2014
NPS Seeking Volunteers to Connect Young People with Outdoors
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The National Park Service is seeking volunteers with an interest in helping young people discover the beauty and history of the Santa Monica Mountains.
October 01, 2014
Free NPS Festival Encourages Outdoor Recreation
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend the National Park Service’s inaugural Recreation Festival on Saturday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m.
September 23, 2014
Free Festival to Celebrate All Things Bird
CALABASAS, Calif. – Bird Fest , an inaugural event featuring a host of free activities, will be held Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center.
September 09, 2014
National Park Service Accepting Submissions for Annual Photo Contest
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. —Amateur photographers from all walks of life are encouraged to submit their favorite snaps for the National Park Service’s popular Spirit of the Mountains contest.
September 08, 2014
Navajo Rug and Jewelry Show Coming to Santa Monica Mountains September 13-14
CALABASAS, Calif. -- The Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center will host a Navajo rug and jewelry show, complete with artist talks and demonstrations, on September 13 and 14.
July 25, 2014
Biologists Release Hundreds of Threatened Frogs in Santa Monica Mountains Streams
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Biologists from the National Park Service released hundreds of California red-legged frog tadpoles this week, part of the first-ever effort to expand the range of the threatened species in Southern California.
July 21, 2014
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Generates $26 Million in Local Economic Impact
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 633,000 visitors to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in 2013 spent $26 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 332 jobs in the local area.
July 14, 2014
National Park Service Hosts Free Summer Star Festival August 2
AGOURA, Calif. – The National Park Service invites the public to attend the Summer Star Festival on Saturday, August 2 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Paramount Ranch in Agoura. The free event will feature star-gazing, constellation tours, music and children's activities.