The UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science was pleased to be a supporter and participant in the April 16, 2011 Santa Monica Mountains Science Festival held at the historic Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. The Festival was sponsored by the National Park Service and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Close to 2,900 people attended the festival where they enjoyed presentations on the natural wildlife of the area, had fun in the kids’ activity section, and participated in many hands-on demonstrations provided by a “who’s who” of environmental agencies and organizations in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Twenty buses brought out more than 1,164 school children from as far away as Ventura, Granada Hills, San Gabriel, Oxnard, Pacoima, Lawndale and South Gate. Singles, couples, families and youth groups made up for the rest.
In addition to the UCLA La Kretz Center, UCLA was well represented by the Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve and the Center for Tropical Research. At the La Kretz booth, visitors young and old alike, learned about the water cycle and received a magnifying glass to help with other activities. At the Stunt Ranch booth, visitors learned about plants/animals in the area through a stamp/art project. At the CTR booth, visitors learned about migratory birds through a multi-media presentation.
Other organizations participating included the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the California Science Center, The Children’s Nature Institute, Southwestern Herpetological Society, USFWS, NatureBridge, Resource Conservation District – Santa Monica Mountains, and The Nature of Wildworks.