National Park Service rangers from the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) will host “Las Montañas,” a festival featuring family events, guided hikes, and speakers working in conservation.
The free event, taking place July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is part of Latino Conservation Week. Parking is also free and there will be food trucks for park visitors to purchase food and drinks.
During the event, visitors will hear from Latinx biologists and others highlighting their conservation work. For example, they’ll discuss how they capture wildlife activity with trail cameras after wildfires and talk about native plants in the Santa Monica Mountains, including those that are edible.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (NHMLA) Wildlife Biologist Miguel Ordeñana will discuss his journey in conservation and how he discovered the P-22 puma. He will also talk about his current research on bats.
Community organizations such as Heal the Bay, the Monarca Team of the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, Angeles National Forest, the Forest Foundation, Pacoima Beautiful and the Los Angeles Audubon Society will have booths at the festival.
Guests will learn how to create a pinata seed “bomb” for their gardens and how to plant milkweed for native monarch butterflies. The Rangers will talk about the Spanish ranching history of the area and will be available to allow young land stewards to become Junior Rangers by taking the pledge.
Free bilingual field guides and adventure kits will be available for visitors interested in continuing their conservation journey upon their return home.
Attendees can learn more and register for the event at samofund.com/outdoors-calendar.
For more information, please call the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at 805-370-2301.
Submitted by Submitted by Ana Beatriz Cholo, Public Affairs Officer