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 to Host Annual Science Festival April 27 - 28
Contact: Margie Steigerwald, 805-370-2373
(Agoura Hills, CA) Come discover your neighborhood national parks at the third annual Science Festival. The event and parking is free and open to the public. Hours are 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 27th, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28th at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, CA.
The public can expect a variety of programs that appeal to children and adults alike. On Friday evening, join park rangers and regional scientists for an experience in the mountains after dark. Night hikes, and activities about owls, bats and other nocturnal creatures await all who venture into the wild after sundown. Bring a flashlight.
On Saturday, a variety of special presentations and hands-on demonstrations promise to delight participants of all ages. Scientists and researchers from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the California Science Center will be on hand to provide natural resource updates on reptiles and amphibians, carnivores, native plants, and marine ecosystems. Live animal demonstrations, nature walks led by park rangers and The Children's Nature Institute, and hands-on activities will engage audiences who want to touch and discover the world around them. In addition to scheduled programs, many booths and games will be available throughout the day.
Paramount Ranch is located at 2813 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. For more information, please call the National Park Service Visitor Center at 805-370-2301 or visit the event website: http://www.nps.gov/samo/sciencefestival.htm.
Did You Know?
A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.