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Events

Crayfish Removal Open House

Come help us remove crayfish from your creeks and streams! Crayfish are a non-native species to California, and they’re considered invasive because they cause quite a bit of damage to the aquatic ecosystems. They prey on native species, reduce water quality, and cause problems with creek bed erosion. We need your help in trapping and removing the crayfish as well as picking up trash along the stream.

PARKING: You are free to park anywhere within reason. This is near a residential area, so please be respectful of the folks who live there!

Our staff will meet volunteers on the Medea Creek Trail, which starts at the corner of Conifer Street and Parkview Drive.

This event is great fun for volunteers of all ages! Volunteers 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form with a parent or guardian’s signature if the parent or guardian is not attending.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701.

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Crayfish Removal Open House

Come help us remove crayfish from your creeks and streams! Crayfish are a non-native species to California, and they’re considered invasive because they cause quite a bit of damage to the aquatic ecosystems. They prey on native species, reduce water quality, and cause problems with creek bed erosion. We need your help in trapping and removing the crayfish as well as picking up trash along the stream.

PARKING: You are free to park anywhere within reason. This is near a residential area, so please be respectful of the folks who live there!

Our staff will meet volunteers on the Medea Creek Trail, which starts at the corner of Conifer Street and Parkview Drive.

This event is great fun for volunteers of all ages! Volunteers 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form with a parent or guardian’s signature if the parent or guardian is not attending.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701.

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Rising from the Ashes: BirdBlitz at Headwaters Corner after the Old Fire

Register here!

Help Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT) understand the impact of the devasting 2016 Old Fire on our local bird community.  In collaboration with Bird LA Day, Join MRT staff on a guided walk of our property where we will use pre-fire bird lists to look at the impact of fire events on the locals birds of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Please arrive at Headwaters Corner at 8 am ready to bird!  Some parking available at Headwaters Corner and additional street parking with walking required on Old Topanga Canyon Rd (3871 Old Topanga Canyon Rd).  We will provide field notebooks but please come prepared with binoculars, comfortable hiking shoes with good grip, hiking clothes, a hat/sunglasses, plenty of water, and your favorite bird guide!  Space is limited to 30 participants, so please RSVP.  No previous experience birding is required to RSVP for the event but a general knowlege of the birds of Southern California will make this a more successful outing.

Pre-fire bird lists will be emailed out prior to the event and a complete list of the birds of the Santa Monica Mountains can be found here and of the entire Los Angeles area here.  We will document our findings using the online citizen science platform eBird created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  Participants will be trained to use this software before heading out on the hike.  All photos of the event should include the hashtags #BirdLADay and #BirdsofMRT.

Additional questions about the event can be sent to:
volunteer@mountainstrust.org

or by phone at:
(818)591-1701

For more information about Bird LA Day, visit the program website here.

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Postfire Recovery at Headwaters Corner

As part of the national effort to boost Wildfire National Preparedness day, Mountains Restoration Trust is holding a one-day community and outreach event to engage the public in environmental post-fire recovery and restoration activities, Postfire Recovery at Headwaters Corner. A main goal of this event is to educate the public on how resource managers restore post fire landscapes and how native plant communities are best suited for creating defensible space and reducing damage caused by wildlife in natural areas adjacent to neighborhoods and developments. This event would engage the watershed-wide community to remove highly- flammable, invasive weeds from post fire recovery areas and conduct maintenance activities for pre-existing plantings.

Street parking available near Calabasas High School along Valmar Rd.

Register here!

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Fire-wise Garden Tour

Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT) and Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants (TPF) are hosting a timely and innovative, self-guided tour to show how native plant landscaping can help protect properties in high-risk fire areas. The tour features three Calabasas homes, each with at least 50% California natives. Docents will be on hand to discuss design and maintenance techniques that minimize danger to the home, including plant selection and home preparation.  Participants must pre-register; fee is $5 with a $1.09 processing fee. To register or for more information, click here.

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Native Plant Sale

Native trees, perennials, and grasses will be for sale. These are perfect for firescaping or xeriscaping your garden, property, or home in the Santa Monica Mountains. This event is held at the same place and time as the Rattlesnake Aversion Training.  No registration is required to attend this event.

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Cold Creek Valley Preserve Restoration

Come join Mountains Restoration Trust for a morning outside as we work to restore the vegetation in the Cold Creek Valley Preserve!

We will be removing invasive grasses and forbs from our Preserve to help restore disturbed lands to native habitat.  After the weed removal work is completed, we will hike in the Preserve and collect native seed for other Cold Creek restoration projects.

To reach the work site, take Mulholland Hwy to Stunt Road and drive east up Stunt Road 0.3 miles to a parking area on the right side of the road.   Bring a hat, water, snack, and sturdy shoes. Gloves and tools will be provided.  Time period is 9am-12pm.

Great Fun for Kids and Families! Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701 ext. 203

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Malibu Creek State Park Restoration

Come join Mountains Restoration Trust for a morning outside as we work to restore the vegetation in Malibu Creek State Park!

We will be planting native trees and grasses, as well as removing weeds and invasive plants from the area. We will be planting natives like Coast Live Oaks, Purple Needlegrass, California Goldenrod and Hummingbird Sage.

You can enter the park through the main Malibu Creek State Park entrance, and park in the lower day use area. There will be signs to guide you in, and MRT staff to meet you there! Bring hat, water, snack, and sturdy shoes. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Great Fun for Kids and Families! Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701 ext. 203

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Malibu Creek State Park Restoration

Come join Mountains Restoration Trust for a morning outside as we work to restore the vegetation in Malibu Creek State Park!

We will be planting native trees and grasses, as well as removing weeds and invasive plants from the area. We will be planting natives like Coast Live Oaks, Purple Needlegrass, California Goldenrod and Hummingbird Sage.

You can enter the park through the main Malibu Creek State Park entrance, and park in the lower day use area. There will be signs to guide you in, and MRT staff to meet you there! Bring hat, water, snack, and sturdy shoes. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Great Fun for Kids and Families! Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701 ext. 203

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Malibu Creek State Park Restoration

Come join Mountains Restoration Trust for a morning outside as we work to restore the vegetation in Malibu Creek State Park!

We will be planting native trees and grasses, as well as removing weeds and invasive plants from the area. We will be planting natives like Coast Live Oaks, Purple Needlegrass, California Goldenrod and Hummingbird Sage.

You can enter the park through the main Malibu Creek State Park entrance, and park in the lower day use area. There will be signs to guide you in, and MRT staff to meet you there! Bring hat, water, snack, and sturdy shoes. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Great Fun for Kids and Families! Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form.

Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm at (818) 591-1701 ext. 203

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