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 Premieres Native American Art Exhibit January 6
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343
THOUSAND OAKS,Calif. - The National Park Service will host an exhibit opening for Native American artist Michael Chas Williams on Sunday, January 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park. Williams is a well-regarded maker of dream catchers whose work has been featured at the Autry Museum of Los Angeles.
"Michael is a delightful artist and educator whose work includes both dream catchers and more recent pastel pieces," said Satwiwa park ranger Razsa Cruz. "We're fortunate to have such an accomplished artist to share his creations with us."
A Wichita tribal member of the Pickard Camp of Anadarko/Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma, Williams has created original works of art since the 1960s. His involvement with Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center extends nearly 20 years, during which time he has presented various public workshops regarding the history and creation of dream catchers.
All ages are welcome and the program and parking are free. The exhibit runs through April 13, 2013. For questions, please call (805) 370-2301.
Directions to Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center: From the Ventura Freeway (101), exit at Wendy Drive and head south. Turn right on Lynn Road. Turn left on Via Goleta. Continue all the way to a parking lot where the road ends. Walk 0.3 miles to the Culture Center.
About Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state, and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.
Did You Know?
Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.