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Santa Monica Mountains Science Festival starts Friday at Paramount Ranch

April 15, 2010 |  1:28 pm

Paramount Ranch Main Street

The inaugural Santa Monica Mountains Science Festival begins Friday evening at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills.

Sponsored by the National Park Service in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the free festival will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and will give attendees a chance to ask and learn about the flora and fauna of one of our local national parks.

Friday's nocturnal activities include a campfire singalong, a nighttime hike to learn about animals that come out after dark and the opportunity to identify bats, bugs and owls, including catching and banding owls.

Saturday's events will include special presentations on native plant and animal species in the Santa Monica Mountains, bird and plant identification walks and hands-on demonstrations for children and adults. There will also be an update on the mountain lion research program and additional booths and games to inform and entertain.

There will be limited food vendors on site, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own food and water as well as any personal comfort items, such as sunscreen, sunglasses and hats.

A complete schedule of events is available by clicking here.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A view of Main Street at Paramount Ranch. Credit: National Park Service

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