2013 Fire Restirctions
Due to high fire danger, fire and smoking restrictions are now in effect on all National Park Service land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. For details, please download the public notice or call 805-370-2301. More »
Update on Park Closures
All NPS trails are open at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa! Currently, this park site is only open sunrise to sunset.
National Park Service Presents Free Lecture on Wildflowers
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Visitors are invited to meet photographer Kahlee Brighton of the Wildflower Conservancy and learn about the spectacular array of local wildflowers at a lecture from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Part of the National Park Service's free lecture series, "Capturing Ephemeral Beauty: A Celebration of California's Wildflowers," will be at the National Park Service Visitor Center, 401 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.
Brighton will concentrate on the diversity of wildflowers in the Santa Monica Mountains and other local ranges and will give tips about wildflower photography. Her work can be viewed at www.wildflowerconservancy.org.
"A very important goal of my work is to encourage people to enjoy these seasonal beauties in their native habitats respectfully so that they are preserved for future generations," Brighton said.
The presentation will be of particular interest both to photographers and those who enjoy learning more about preserving our local wildflowers. While the presentation will not deal specifically with setting up native plant gardens, gardeners wanting to add to their native plant landscapes can take note of beautiful blooms to research at their local native plant nursery.
Call the National Park Service Visitor Center for more information: 805-370-2301.
Did You Know?
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978, but the National Park Service did not own public parkland in the area until 1980. National Park Rangers devised clever ways to promote the national park goals without land by creating thriving partnerships with many agencies.