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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.

May 08, 2014
Visitor Center to Host Latin American Art Show and Sale May 24-26
CALABASAS, Calif. – An impressive variety of Oaxacan wood carvings, Mata Ortiz pottery and Zapotec rugs will be featured in the Latin American Art Show & Sale at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center on Memorial Day weekend.

May 06, 2014
Live Reptile & Amphibian Show Set for May 18
CALABASAS, Calif. – Fans of all things slithery and scaly are invited to attend the Live Reptile and Amphibian Show at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center on Sunday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

April 17, 2014
Griffith Park Mountain Lion Exposed to Poison, Suffering from Mange
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Test results received last week confirm the Griffith Park mountain lion known as P-22 has been exposed to anti-coagulant rodenticide, commonly known as rat poison, and is suffering from mange.

March 03, 2014
Santa Monica Mtns National Recreation Area Generates $26 Million in Local Economic Impact
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 650,000 visitors to national park lands in the Santa Monica Mountains spent $26 million in the surrounding community in 2012. That spending supported 336 jobs in the local area.

February 11, 2014
Three Mountain Lion Kittens Struck by Vehicles in Recent Weeks
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Three local mountain lion kittens have been fatally struck by vehicles in recent weeks, in two separate incidents. Roads pose one of the most significant challenges to the long-term survival of mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding area.

February 05, 2014
Public Meetings Scheduled for Santa Monica Mountains Trail Management Plan
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Park officials are preparing an interagency trail management plan for the approximately 500 miles of trails within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

January 28, 2014
National Park Service Accepting Applications for Artist-In-Residence Program
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.

January 21, 2014
National Park Service Hosts Winter Sky Star Party February 8
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – The National Park Service invites the public to attend the Winter Sky Star Party at Paramount Ranch on Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The free event will feature star-gazing, constellation tours and children's activities.

January 16, 2014
Park Officials Lift Nighttime Closures for Point Mugu State Park and Rancho Sierra Vista
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- As of January 15, officials with California State Parks and the National Park Service will lift the nighttime closures imposed after last year's Springs Fire. The restriction to official roads and trails remains in place.

January 14, 2014
Study Suggests Air Pollution in the Santa Monica Mountains Is Harming Native Plants, Increasing Fire Risk
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Initial results from experiments conducted in the Santa Monica Mountains indicate that high levels of nitrogen may adversely impact native plants and, by extension, increase the risk of wildfire.

January 09, 2014
DNA Results Show Further Signs of Inbreeding in Local Mountain Lions
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Preliminary DNA results from three mountain lion kittens born in the Santa Monica Mountains last month indicate they are the result of inbreeding.

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.