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Explore LA County Parks Nature Centers learning about the natural world

Fall Programs for all ages engaging with others and learning about the natural world around us through fun activities and adventures!

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Point Dume Nature Preserve (Photo Credit: County of Los Angeles)

LOS ANGELES – This fall, you and your family are invited to a Nature Center near you for fun exploration programs hosted by knowledgeable and caring Nature Center staff! Now that schools are back in session, it’s the perfect time to join our outdoor afterschool activities and weekend events to learn about the fascinating flora and fauna all around us. 
 
Through a wide range of interactive activities and special offerings like family walks, guided hikes, and even parent-and-me multilingual classes, kids and adults alike can join adventurous programs to explore wildlife and nature. You can even meet some of our animal ambassadors along the way! 

IT’S PARK TIME AT LA COUNTY PARKS NATURE CENTERS!
 
Most programs require pre-registration. Sign up now and join us out in nature this fall!

REGISTER TODAY!


Check out the programs below:

EVERY BODY EXPLORES 
(Drop in program; no pre-registration required) 
September 7, 2021 – May 27, 2021 
Tuesdays – Fridays / 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Saturdays / 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
All ages welcome!  

The Every Body Explores program provides participants of all ages an opportunity to check out a Naturalist field backpack that they can use to complete self-guided activities, make observations and explore the park.

YOUNG NATURALIST AFTER SCHOOL CLUB 🌳
(Pre-registration is required! Click HERE to sign up) 
September 7, 2021 – December 2, 2021 
Tuesdays – Thursdays / 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Age group: 3rd grade – 5th grade  

The Young Naturalist After School Club is a safe after-school alternative that provides adventure, nature experiences, and natural history education.  Activities include group games, STEM, nature hikes, and natural history learning opportunities. Youth will gain confidence outdoors and learn how to appreciate the natural world around them. 
  

GUIDED HIKES 
(Pre-registration is required! Click HERE to sign up) 
September 7, 2021 – December 3, 2021 
Dates and times vary by location. View details HERE.  
All ages welcome!  

Get outdoors, be active and go on a guided hike! Guided hikes are opportunities for families, groups or individuals to experience a hike through our Natural Areas parks with a trained Naturalist. Hikes promote positive connections with nature, conservation and climate education, physical and mental well-being and socialization.   

PARENT AND ME MULTILINGUAL NATURE 👩‍👦
(Pre-registration is required! Click HERE to sign up)
September 10, 2021 – December 3, 2021 
Every Friday / 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Age group: Parents with children 5 and younger are welcome!  

Parent and Me classes promote creativity exploration and fitness while encouraging families to learn how to make connections and become more comfortable in nature. Activities include learning Spanish and Mandarin through group games, nature hikes, STEM, animal meet and greets, dramatic play and story time!   

FAMILY STORY TIME 📚
(Pre-registration is required! Click HERE to sign up)
September 10, 2021 – December 3, 2021 
Dates and times vary by location. View details HERE.  
All ages welcome! 

Family Story Time is an interactive program designed for young readers and their families. Together we will read books and move around as we learn about plants, animals, and nature. Kids will learn nature facts as they look for wildlife while visiting different parts of the garden, and when possible, an animal presentation will take place. Each program will end with a nature inspired craft or activity.   

FAMILY NATURE ADVENTURE 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🌲
(Pre-registration is required! Click HERE to sign up)
September 11, 2021 – November 27, 2021 
San Dimas Nature Center only 
Every Saturday / 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
All ages welcome! 

The Family Nature Adventure provides family-oriented nature programming that includes environmental topics and conservation themes. Activities include a guided nature hikes, animal ambassador meet and greets and family nature crafts to take home.   

CELEBRATIONS IN NATURE 🎉🎈
(Requests must be submitted 14 days in advance. For more information, connect with LA County Parks staff by phone or in person at the location your interested in. Click HERE to view locations and contact information.)  
Available every Friday and Saturday 
Time slots available: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
All ages welcome!  

Having a birthday, anniversary, reunion or other special celebration? Celebrate in nature! Celebrations in Nature offers an opportunity to meet a naturalist and a few of our animal ambassadors, discover the natural history of our wildlife, explore the natural world on a guided hike or build a nature related project that can be taken home.    

REGISTER TODAY!


Please note: The health and wellbeing of park guests and staff is our top priority. COVID-19 Safety Guidelines in accordance with LA County Public Health will be followed.

For more information, visit parks.lacounty.gov/fall or call (626) 588-5364.

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City of West Hollywood to host annual youth Halloween Carnival

Highlights will include games, a pumpkin patch, a trackless train, costume showcases, raffles, and entertainment by community groups

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division will host its annual free Youth Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Vista Lawn at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Youth Halloween Carnival highlights will include games, a pumpkin patch, a trackless train, costume showcases, raffles, and entertainment by community groups. Children are welcome to show-off their Halloween costumes and participate in raffles. For a fur-raising good time, pets are also invited to display their “Howl-O-Ween” best (but must follow Plummer Park rules to always remain on a leash).

In accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols, all activities will take place outdoors along with appropriate physical distancing.

The Youth Halloween Carnival will adhere to a series of COVID-19 health and safety measures in compliance with Health Officer Orders and Protocols established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The event will: take place outdoor-only with reduced capacity (approximately 50 percent of maximum occupancy); employ mask-wearing and physical distancing; utilize procedures to reduce crowding; use advanced registration and communications to convey COVID-19 safety plans; and post visible signage that attendees must not enter the premises if sick or symptomatic.

The LA County Department of Public Health recommends that everyone wear a face mask and notes to “incorporate a face mask that covers your nose and mouth snugly into your costume. A costume mask is NOT a substitute for a face mask that protects against COVID-19.”

To register for this event, visit the City of West Hollywood’s West Hollywood Recreation Online portal at www.weho.org/recreation or follow this direct link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/weho/Activity_Search/youth-halloween-carnival-2021-in-person-event/12284

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s Youth Halloween Carnival, please contact the City’s Recreation Services Division at (323) 848-6530 or at [email protected]. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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Domestic violence & intimate partner violence awareness month

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence more than 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – In recognition of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month during October, the City of West Hollywood will, throughout the month, focus awareness efforts on highlighting the impact of domestic violence/intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community.

The City will, throughout the month, focus awareness efforts through the lens of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) and will share information and resources with the community about intimate partner violence.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the United States, more than 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually.  On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive more than 20,000 calls, an average of close to 15 calls every minute. 

For Congresswoman Cori Bush (D) from St. Louis, Missouri, herself a victim of domestic violence, creating greater awareness is a pressing priority.

In New Orleans, Mayor Latoya Cantrell also pushed for greater awareness:

Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Domestic violence, also referred to as intimate partner violence, which is abuse or aggression that occurs in a romantic relationship. It occurs in same- and opposite-sex relationships, and among those who are married, in long-term, and short-term relationships. Domestic violence can take many forms; in addition to physical abuse, it can include sexual abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation, controlling behaviors, isolating behaviors, and economic abuse.

The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence can occur in LGBTQ relationships at rates equal to or even greater to that of cisgender/heterosexual relationships. Statistics indicate that:

  • 44 percent of lesbians, 61 percent of bisexual women and 35 percent of heterosexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes;
  • 26 percent of gay men, 37 percent of bisexual men and 29 percent of heterosexual men experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes; and
  • The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey found that more than half (54 percent) of transgender and non-binary respondents experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.

The following resources are listed on the City’s website at www.weho.org/lgbtq.
If you or someone you care about has been a victim of domestic violence/intimate partner violence, sexual assault or stalking, there are resources to help:

  • The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website at https://ncadv.org offers comprehensive information about warning signs of domestic violence and abuse.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline website at www.thehotline.org offers immediate help 24/7/365 via the “chat now” button on the website or by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or texting LOVEIS to 22522, and for people who are Deaf/hard of hearing: 1-855-812-1011 (VP) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
  • Immediate help is also available via the Los Angeles County DV Hotline 24 hours day by contacting 1-800-978-3600. 
  • The Los Angeles LGBT Center offers domestic violence/partner abuse counseling services geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities by contacting (323) 993-7649.  
  • The Jewish Family Service’s Family Violence Program provides confidential 24-hour crisis lines for victims of abuse by contacting (310) 858-9344 (English/Spanish); (818) 464-2864 (Farsi) and (310) 858-9344 (Jewish Orthodox). 
  • Peace Over Violence provides one-on-one intervention in sexual assaults, domestic abuse, youth violence, and child abuse by contacting the 24-hour hotline (310) 392-8381. 
  • Love Is Respect National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline provides 24/7 intimate partner violence help and support to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 by contacting 1-866-331-9474; TTY 1-866-331-8453 or text LOVEIS to 22522.

The SPCA-LA Animal Safety Net provides temporary homes for pets of domestic violence survivors by contacting 1-888-527-7722.

President Joe Biden spoke about the need for greater awareness in a proclamation issued by the White House at the beginning of the month:

During National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we honor the tremendous dedication of advocates and service providers, honor the courage and resilience of survivors, and recommit ourselves to standing with them for safety, dignity, and justice.  There is still much work to do, and it will take all of us to do it.  We must rededicate ourselves to creating a society where domestic violence is not tolerated, where survivors are supported, and where all people have an opportunity to thrive without fear of violence or abuse.

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‘Girls with dreams become women with vision’ empowerment conference

The I Matter-Girls Empowerment Conference is Back in Person with Free Programming Featuring Speakers, Interactive Workshops and more

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Graphic via the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation

LOS ANGELES – The I Matter-Girls Empowerment Conference is Back in Person with Free Programming Featuring Speakers, Interactive Workshops and more. You’re invited to the 7th annual, I Matter-Girls Empowerment Conference on October 9, 2021!

SIGN UP TODAY FOR THE I MATTER-GIRLS EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks) proudly presents this FREE event, offering girls ages 12-18 the opportunity to attend this year’s exciting event at locations such as Loma Alta Park, Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park and the Hacienda Heights Community Center. Participants will hear from powerful women innovators, educators, trailblazers and beyond! Girls will have an opportunity to connect with their peers and speakers to feel connected, inspired, and empowered.

LA County Parks will host workshops, panels, and keynote speakers. Girls are invited to join and participate in all events, including a Girl Power Lunch Party Experience!

Registration is free and required. Space is limited, so register today!

A preview of the topics that will be covered include:

  • Women in Tech: Closing the gender gap to empower women and girls in leading the technology industry
  • Step into your Power: Empowering girls and giving them direct access to opportunities for trainings, technical certifications, scholarships, and employment
  • Girls and Women with Vision: Making Your Career Dreams Come True
  • Pathways to College: A look into College Life and the steps needed to be successful
  • Delete the Divide: Empowering girls and giving them direct access to opportunities for trainings, technical certifications, scholarships, and employment.
  • Sports & Dance Workshops: Get active and participate in our Basketball, Lacrosse, Hip-Hop or Cheer clinics

The I Matter-Girls Empowerment Conference will kick off on Saturday, October 9, at 10:00 a.m. following an introduction from LA County Parks Director, Norma Edith García-González and special guest Mikaila Ulmer as Morning Keynote Speaker. Mikaila Ulmer is the founder and CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade. She is a 17 year old entrepreneur who started her lemonade business at the age of 9.

Last year, over 1,200 girls joined us for the I Matter-Girls Empowerment Conference. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this year’s exciting event – register today!

REGISTER NOW!


For questions, contact LA County Parks at [email protected] or (626) 588-5364.

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