Free Festival Encourages Outdoor Recreation

A group of youth stand with their mountain bikes.
Youngsters learn about mountain biking on a beginner obstacle course at last year's Recreation Festival. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 24 at Paramount Ranch.

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News Release Date: October 5, 2015

Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343

AGOURA, CALIF. - Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend the National Park Service's second-annual Recreation Festival on Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Also known as Rec Fest, this free, family-friendly event will take place at Paramount Ranch in Agoura and will feature several hands-on opportunities to introduce families to the outdoors.

"A lifelong love for the outdoors usually starts with one adventure," said David Szymanski, superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. "This is a chance to experience that adventure in a safe place with all the equipment provided.”

Equipment will be on hand so that attendees can try their hand at rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing and art activities. Children and their families can even participate in a one-mile fun run that begins at noon.

Visitors are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen and a hat. Food vendors will be available on site. More information is available at https://www.nps.gov/samo/recfest2015.htm.

The event is co-sponsored by the Santa Monica Mountains Fund and is made possible by a generous grant from the National Park Foundation's Active Trails program.

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America's national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

The Santa Monica Mountains Fund is a locally-based nonprofit committed to supporting the National Park Service and the California State Parks in their missions to provide for resource protection and public enjoyment of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Learn more at www.samofund.org.

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 System 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.

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Last updated: October 8, 2015

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