In a county of ten million, there is always something fun and exciting to do! Below you will find a compilation of some interesting upcoming events in Southern California. These all pertain to gardening, the environment, youth STEM, or food and nutrition, and are free to the public unless specifically stated.
- This family-friendly program is for ages 7 and up.
- Learn why trees and tree height are so important to NASA, California, and the entire planet. You will find out how to participate in the 2021 GLOBE Community Trees Challenge to help NASA scientists further their research using your mobile device and a simple instrument called a clinometer. You will also learn to build a hand-held clinometer using everyday materials.
- How to propagate manzanitas by cuttings? How to maintain white sage in the garden? How often should you be watering your full sun slope during the summer? What plant works best in a part shade pot by your front door? Bring the questions and Antonio Sanchez from the Santa Monica Mountains Fund will bring the answers.
National Park Free Entrance Day April 17 [National Park Service]. All day, April 17. Registration is not required.
Virtual Nutrition Education Workshop [Social Justice Learning Institute]. Saturday, April 17 at 10 AM, online via Instagram Live. No registration required.
- Learn how to make healthier choices and get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Follow along with our cooking demo as we whip up something healthy and delicious.
The Pressed Plant: Techniques in Plant Collecting and Herbarium Specimen Preparation (Session 2 of 2). [CA Botanic Gardens]. Saturday, April 17 at 10 AM via Zoom. Registration is required. $35 for non-members, $30 for members.
- Session 2 participants will learn techniques for mounting dried plant specimens onto paper. We will cover supplies used, placement of specimens, different methods for adhering specimens to paper as well as how to properly mount some of the more challenging plants like cacti or plants with delicate flowers.
Guided Nature Talk (Virtual) of the Alta Vicente Reserve [Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy]. Sunday, April 18 at 1:30 PM via Zoom. Registration not required.
- Join the PV Peninsula Land Conservancy for a virtual guided tour of the Alta Vicente Reserve in Rancho Palos Verdes. You’ll enjoy exploring the beautiful native wildflowers, rare animals and discovering the historic features of the area such as the Japanese farm lands and military sites along trails with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island.
- This month’s “Seed Saver Series: Basics of Seed Saving” class will teach you all the basics you need to start your seed saving adventure! We can help answer any of your seed saving questions too!
Wildflower Bloom and Bust Cycles [CA Botanic Gardens]. Thursday, April 22 at 6pm. Registration is required. Suggested program fee of $10 but there is an option to register for free.
- learn all about the bloom and bust cycles of California’s native wildflowers. Go on a virtual tour to several beloved wildflower hotspots around the state and learn the best strategies for wildflower viewing during dry years like 2021. Walk away with a better understanding about how our changing world could impact superblooms of the future and efforts to conserve California’s unique plant diversity.
Science and Nature: From the Page to Wilder Places Panel [LA Times Festival of Books]. Panel: Friday, April 23 at 2:00 PM, online. Registration is required. The Festival takes place virtually starting Saturday, April 17 through Friday, April 23.
- These authors have written deeply engrossing books that are all rooted in science and the exploration of nature – and their particular subjects both human and animal – but they are also part books of self-discovery as they look to the wider natural world for answers. These adventures in scientific inquiry also take us to remote parts of the world.
- The Wolf That Discovered California [Smithsonian Magazine]. April 2021.