Calendar of Events
This month is all about communities coming together in nature and for nature. You can spend the evening along-side other local families as you are serenaded by story, song, or lecture under the warmth of the summer evening. You can also band together with fellow concerned Angelenos to protect our California State Parks from closing (see week of 8/24-8/28). This August let’s take the opportunity to become closer to our families, our neighbors, and the land that provides the setting in which we can connect to one another.
Saturday 8/1 from 7-8:30pm at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center you can hear stories and songs by Alan Salazar a Chumash/Tataviam American Indian. Bring a flashlight. All ages welcome. Info: 805-370-2301*
Sunday 8/2 head out to the South Coast Botanic Garden for some good ol’ outdoor concert fun! You can bring the entire family for a pre-concert picnic at 4:30 and then rock out to the sounds of Zak Morgan from 5-6pm. Tickets $6 children and $8 Adults in advance. Tickets can be purchased in the Foundation Office, Monday through Friday, 9am – 4:30pm, or call Bubble Rock Productions at (310) 541-5819. Does not include admission to the garden prior to 4:30pm.
Week of Monday 8/3 through Friday 8/7
Tuesday 8/4 learn about animals from various parts of the world with Descanso Garden‘s “Family Fun for Nature Nuts”. Meet “Under the Oaks” at 5:30 to set up and munch on your picnic, then at 6pm the show will begin. This week’s show will include a trip “around the world”. $10 members, $12 general public. Children under 2 are admitted free. Seating is first-come-first-served at the time of each event. To register, call (818) 949-7980.
Wednesday 8/5 head to Franklin Canyon where you can howl at the moon as you stroll along this moderately strenuous “Full Moon Hike”. 8pm*
Thursday 8/6 take advantage of the opportunity to wander through Madrona Marsh as they are hosting their “Tyke Hike” – which only happens the 1st Thursday of the Month at 10am!*
Saturday 8/8 the Sooky Goldman Nature Center is the place to learn how to “Speak for the Trees”. “I speak for the trees, for they have no tongues,” said the Lorax, and so can YOU in this playful, interactive program for kids ages 8 to 88. From 2-4pm*
Or you could send your 8-12 year-old to Headwaters Corner from 9:30am-12:30pm for their “Youth Naturalist Program” where this week they will learn all about reptiles and amphibians. A guest speaker will bring snakes, turtles, lizards and amphibians. Fee. Pre-registration required: 818-591-1701 x181.
Sunday 8/9 join the L.A. Audubon Society as they lead you on a birdwalk around Echo Park lake where you and your family can learn about the more than 60 species which call Echo Park their home for all or part of the year. Meet at the Boathouse on Echo Park Avenue at 8am.*
Then later that day you can head to Peter Strauss Ranch from 3-5pm for “Traditional American music the bluegrass way!” The Brombies will be playing bluegrass classics as you enjoy the beauty that is Topanga. For information call 818-382-4819.*
Week of Monday 8/10 through Friday 8/14
Tuesday 8/11 if your family is ready for fun then head to King Gillette Ranch from 7-8:30pm for their “Family Fun Night”. Enjoy storytelling, songs, and a nature program. Marshmallows, skewers, and, weather permitting, a campfire will be provided. Meet at parking lot to left of bridge.*
One of the best things about L.A. is the summertime combo of music in beautiful natural surroundings! On Thursday 8/13 Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is hosting Chet Jaeger’s Dixieland Jazz. Admission: $8 adults; $6 students & seniors (65+); $4 children (3-12 yrs.) Garden Members and children under 3 yrs., admitted free.
Saturday 8/15 spend the day at the historic and beautiful Placerita Canyon! From 11am – 12pm you can explore the grounds on a “Family Nature Walk”, bring a picnic and chow down under the oaks from 12 – 1pm, then head over to the nature center for the “Animal Presentation” from 1 – 2pm where you’ll meet some pretty awesome creatures!*
Saturday it’s also time for the “We Go ECO!” festival at Solstice Canyon from 10am-2pm. Your child will learn about the wonders of this canyon with hands-on, interactive games and lessons led by the students of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Youth Program. Info: 805-370-2363*
Sunday 8/16 your child can spend “Sunday with a Naturalist” at Vista Hermosa park from 3-5pm. Learn about nature while having fun at this downtown nature center!*
Week of Monday 8/17 through Friday 8/21
Headwaters Corner is the place to be from 8/17 – 8/21 9am-1pm if you are an 8-11 year-old in L.A.! During this “Discovery Nature Camp” they will discover the wonders of nature with the aid of scientific tools, hands-on activities, crafts, games and listening to engaging talks by guest speakers. Each session will be centered on a different theme and include a guided hike. Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited.
Saturday 8/22 you can get “Wild in California” at Malibu Creek State Park. Meet the local “wild” – that is, raptors, mammals, and reptiles – from 7:30-8:30pm.*
In the morning you can head to Eaton Canyon for their Saturday “Family Nature Walk” from 9-11am. *
Sunday 8/23 head to the Conejo Valley Botanical Gardens! Every Sunday they offer activities, lessons, and fun at their “Kid’s Adventure Garden” from 11am – 3pm.*
Week of Monday 8/24 through Friday 8/28
May I suggest a visit to one of our California State Parks before they close. The Governor has proposed the closing of up to 100 of these state treasures. While you’re there talk to your child about what they see, smell, hear, feel and perhaps you can help them write a letter or draw a picture urging Schwarzenegger to keep our parks open. You can visit the California State Parks Foundation website to learn more about this issue, what you can do to help, and where to send your letters.
Saturday 8/29 Griffith Observatory knows how to party – or at least how to throw a good “Star Party”. Head up to the beacon on the hill between 2 and 9:45pm for a gaze at the celestial beauties through the provided telescopes.*
Sunday 8/30 I have the cure for a teenager who may be in the throes of summertime boredom – park restoration! Join TreePeople and the Mountains Restoration Trust and help return Topanga Creek to its historic natural beauty. The focus will be on watering and weeding to vanquish non-native invasive plants. For more information contact Lisa Sotelo (818) 623-4879, email@example.com.From 9am-12pm.*
Week of Monday 8/31 through Friday 9/4
Every Wednesday through September 21st (including this Wednesday 9/2) from 5:30-7pm you can enjoy a “Summer Evening Walk” at the L.A. County Arboretum. Each evening your tour guide will focus on a different section of their expansive grounds. Meet inside the Main Entrance building. This is only for members, but you can always purchase a membership on the day of the event. Call 626-821-3233 for information and reservations.
-Ilana Gustafson Turner