• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Sneak peak of the new Ken Burns National Parks documentary

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The National Parks: America's Best Idea premiers on PBS on September 27, 2009

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News Release Date: September 16, 2009
Contact: Visitor Center, 805-370-2301

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area invites you to a special sneak peak screening of the upcoming Ken Burns Film: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea premiering on PBS. Come to either the National Park Service Headquarters or the scenic Satwiwa Culture Center, both located in Thousand Oaks, to enjoy the film and refreshments. 

The sneak peak will be shown continuously on both September 26th and 27th from 9 am-5 pm. Visitors will also have the opportunity to browse new merchandise related to the film and take advantage of a 20% off sale in the National Park Service bookstore. For details on the screening, please call the Visitor Center at 805-370-2301. 

Interested in other things going on with the National Park Service? Consider volunteering on September 26th for National Public Lands Day. For details please visit our website at www.nps.gov/samo or call 805-370-2317.   

Directions to the film screenings:

The National Park Service Visitor Center is located at 401 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, California. From Ventura Frwy (U. S. Highway 101) to Lynn Rd turn north on Lynn road turn east (right) on Hillcrest Drive left onto McCloud Ave. First driveway on the right.

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Satwiwa Culture Center Main Parking Area entrance is located at the intersection of Lynn Road (in Google Maps it is West Potrero Road) and Via Goleta on the south side. Follow the entrance road to the end for restroom facilities and a 1/4 mile walking trail to Satwiwa Culture Center.

For more information on Ken Burns’ documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, please visit http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/

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.