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 Hosts Winter Sky Star Party January 19
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - The National Park Service will co-host a Winter Sky Star Party from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19 at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills.
"Star parties are an opportunity to connect with our beautiful night sky," said Robert Cromwell, park ranger for the National Park Service. "It just adds to the experience to have so many experts helping us interpret what we're seeing and making it understandable for all ages."
The free event will begin with the Santa Monica Mountains Ranger Band playing astronomy-themed rock music, followed by a series of family-friendly lectures and constellation tours by Cal Lutheran University Professor Mike Shaw, as well as astronomers from the National Park Service, Ventura County Astronomical Society and Griffith Observatory.
Attendees can expect to view a partial moon, Jupiter and its moons, the Orion Nebula and more.
Astronomy enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their own telescopes, if available, as well as flashlights and warm clothing.
Paramount Ranch is located at 2903 Cornell Road in Agoura Hills. In the event of rain, the program will be canceled. For further information, call 805-370-2301.
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Many hands spanning different generations and agencies continue to turn back the clock on damage to the fragile environment at Zuma Lagoon. After the removal of debris and the restoration of native plants, beach visitors now find a living wetland with 108 species of birds and colorful wildflowers.