• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Monthly Birdwalks

Birdwalks happening throughout the Santa Monica Mountains.
1st Sunday of the month:
Topanga State Park, Sierra Club, 8:30am
2nd Saturday:
Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Preserve, SF Valley Audubon, 8:00am
Franklin Canyon, MRCA, 4:00pm
2nd Sunday:
King Gillette Ranch, NPS, 8:00am
3rd Sunday:
Malibu Creek State Park, SF Valley Audubon, 8:00am
4th Saturday:
Franklin Canyon, WODOC, 8:00am
4th Sunday:
Malibu Lagoon, SM Bay Aud, 8:30am (adults), 10:00am (kids/parents)

Did You Know?

Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feurer were instrumental in the movement to create a national recreation area near Los Angeles.

Four state parks were the triumph of a grassroots movement to protect open spaces minutes from Los Angeles in the 1950s & 60s. Three women, Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feuer further galvanized the movement that helped make Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a reality in 1978.