Partial Park Closure Due to Hazardous Conditions
Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa re-opens 5/14/13, with restrictions (sunrise to sunset, not all trails). Sandstone Peak & Mishe Mokwa trails will also open, as will Backbone Trail east of Point Mugu State Park boundary. Point Mugu backcountry remains closed. More »
Trucks on Cheeseboro Canyon Trail
Occasional truck traffic (approx 6 trips per day) will take place on Cheeseboro Cyn Trail weekdays between 8am & 4pm for demolition and removal of Cheeseboro Tank. Should be completed by 5/24/13. Check back for updates or call 818-889-8996. More »
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?
Unique vistas and cultural significance often draw filmmakers to National Parks. Paramount Ranch is the only place in the National Park System where you can see movie making in action at a historic movie ranch once owned by Paramount Pictures (1927).