by Charlotte Parry
Did you know that the National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016? We think that’s worth celebrating–particularly as the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the largest urban national park in the country and offers so much to millions of people living in southern California.
So, on May 22nd, we are holding our own celebration at King Gillette Ranch. We are delighted that former Congressman Anthony Beilenson will be joining us for the event. He introduced the legislation into Congress in 1978 that created the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. This was the result of a determined campaign by many local people to protect and preserve these mountains for future generations.
We invite you to join us for small plates, drinks and music under the sycamore trees. The Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center will be open after hours for guests to explore. And you will also be welcome to wander the park enjoying the cooler temperature and glorious early evening light. Tickets are $125 and are available on our website: www.samofund.org
We are so grateful to actor and local resident Jane Seymour and numerous local businesses for their kind donations and sponsorship of our event: Cheesecake Factory, House Beer, Oasis Furniture Collection, Sea Lily, Yanetty Landscaping, Bodegas Paso Robles, The Jan Evans Studio, 5Point Yoga Malibu, Raw Workouts, Coffee Bean and Sefari Outpost.
You may have heard about our local mountain lions in the media. Funds raised this evening will go towards supporting these magnificent animals and looking after other wildlife in the mountains. Money will also be used for building and maintaining trails and bringing underserved youth to the mountains for ranger-led experiences. For many of these young people it will be their first visit to a national park. What better way to inspire the next generation to go outdoors and make the most of this awe-inspiring landscape all around us? We hope to see you there!
Charlotte Parry is Executive Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, the official non-profit for the National Park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area supporting wildlife research, education, trails and facilities.