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CONTACT: Zach Behrens (NPS), 805-370-2385
Charlotte Parry (Santa Monica Mountains Fund), 805-370-2345
New Digital Calendar Highlights Events In and Around the Santa Monica Mountains
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A family receives an introduction to mountain biking skills. Artists gather on the beach to paint the landscape. Hikers take on Parker Mesa Overlook on a weekday morning. A group of friends head to the Summer Star Festival. These are just some of the events found on the new online calendar of events just launched by the National Park Service and the Santa Monica Mountains Fund at samofund.org/calendar.
Hundreds of activities from over 25 partner groups that organize events in and around Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will be featured on the calendar, which replaces the quarterly OUTDOORS print brochure. The majority of the events are free to the public.
“As the world goes digital, so does the National Park Service,” noted Kerry Olson, the recreation area’s chief of interpretation, education, and community engagement. “By bringing the calendar online, we’ll be able to reach more people, who will be able to browse events by genre, more easily share on social media with friends and family, and stay in the loop with event highlight emails.”
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“We’re looking forward to seeing the digital calendar become the go-to source for all things outdoors in the Santa Monica Mountains and L.A. area,” said Charlotte Parry, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Fund. “After all, enough people commute in gridlocked traffic around the mountains. It’s time to get out and enjoy the outdoors.”
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 Service, 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.
The Santa Monica Mountains Fund is a locally-based non-profit committed to supporting the National Park Service in their mission to provide for resource protection and public enjoyment of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. For more information, please visit www.samofund.org.