Santa Monica Mountains Fund to celebrate 40th anniversary of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Thousand Oaks, May 8, 2018Since its inception in 1978, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has provided a source of natural solace and beauty in our urbanized world.  To celebrate this unique area of public land, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund will host a 40th birthday party June 3rd for these mountains that, at 153,000 acres, form the largest urban national park in the country.  

Hidden in plain sight from Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains, lying next to the Pacific Ocean, are surrounded by freeways and have 17 million people living within a one hour drive. As such, they provide much needed opportunities for recreation and fresh air so close to the city. This Mediterranean eco-system with its exceptional biodiversity is one of only five on the planet. The event will take place at the Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitors Center at King Gillette Ranch June 3rd. Please join us for the festivities and discover how people young and old are helping to look after these beautiful mountains and canyons. 

The Fund is privileged to be able to honor Jim Hines, first president of the Santa Monica Mountains Fund when it was established in 1988. Born in Ojai, Jim is currently Chairman of the Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club (Ventura and Santa Barbara counties). A landscape designer and nursery owner, Jim has been advocating and campaigning for public lands and the environment for many years.

Sara Horner, President of the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, said “The ongoing preservation of these unique mountains is about all of the communities within the greater Los Angeles basin connecting with friends and neighbors, becoming stewards of this beautiful resource, and allowing the next generation to love this place as much as we do now.” 

Indie rock duo Hyps (Molly Falck and Keena Batti) will entertain the gathering.  As local performers, they regularly play live around the L.A. area and have appeared as part of the Tiny Porch Concert series at Peter Strauss Ranch. “Molly and Keena’s music is a conversation… Elliott Smith’s diminished chords paired with Joni Mitchell’s honest, colloquial lyrics”.

Money raised at the event will go towards the Fund’s work to support wildlife conservation, nature education and trails management in the Santa Monica Mountains. 

Individual tickets are $100 each, and include all-access to food, drink and entertainment. For more information, please go to:

THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS FUND works to protect and encourage appreciation and understanding of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It achieves this by supporting National Park Service efforts in education, science, research, improved facilities, citizen engagement, stewardship and philanthropy. Established in 1988 as the Santa Monica Mountains Parklands Association, the Fund was formed by concerned citizens to represent the interests of the public in the development of parklands and recreation opportunities within the mountains.

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