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National Park Service to Host April 15-16 Science Festival

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Date: March 28, 2011

National Park Service to Host April 15-16 Science Festival

(Agoura Hills, CA) Come discover your neighborhood national park at the second annual Santa Monica Mountains Science Festival. The event is free and open to the public. Hours are 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 15th, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16th at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills.

The festival will offer a variety of programs that appeal to children and adults alike. On Friday evening, join park rangers and regional scientists to experience the mountains after dark. A campfire sing-along, bug collecting, owl presentation and banding demonstration, and bat identification await all who venture into the wild after sundown.

On Saturday, a variety of special presentations and hands-on demonstrations promise to delight participants young and young. Scientists and researchers from the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, Cabrillo National Monument, and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will provide updates on the health of our natural resources, including reptiles and amphibians, carnivore populations, native plants, and marine resources. Live animal demonstrations, bilingual hikes, and plant pressing 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 for more scientific discovery throughout the day.

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?

The need for plants used in restoration projects loomed large for many years, but volunteers made it happen.

A core group of dedicated National Park volunteers, often laboring in the hot sun, built a native plant nursery from the ground up in 2002. Native plants, from the common Ceanothus to the endangered Lyons pygmy daisy germinated in this volunteer-run nursery will help restore disturbed habitat.