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A bilingual conservation festival is coming to the South Coast this weekend

National Park Service
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will host “Las Montañas” festival at King Gillette Ranch - a bilingual event on July 16, as part of Latino Conservation Week

It’s part of Latino Conservation Week.

On Saturday, National Park Service rangers from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will host Las Montañas, a festival featuring family-friendly events, guided hikes, and speakers who work in conservation.

Ana Beatriz Cholo, the public information officer for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, told KCLU it will be a "special event" for all visitors.

"This festival is another effort to try to bring in people to the park and diversify our visitorship," she said.

During the event, visitors will hear from Latinx biologists and others highlighting their work in conservation. For example, they will discuss how they capture wildlife activity with trail cameras after wildfires and talk about native plants in the Santa Monica Mountains, including which ones are edible.

Miguel Ordeñana, a wildlife biologist from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (NHMLA), will discuss his journey in conservation and how he discovered mountain lion P-22. He will also talk about his ongoing research on bats.

Community-based organizations like Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund’s Monarch team, Angeles National Forest, the Forest Foundation, Pacoima Beautiful, and the Los Angeles Audubon Society will have booths at the festival.

Guests will learn how to create a seed pinata “bomb” for their gardens and how to plant milkweed for native monarch butterflies. Rangers will talk about the Spanish ranching history of the region and be available to allow young land stewards to become Junior Rangers by taking the pledge.

Free bilingual field guides and adventure kits will be available for visitors interested in continuing their conservation journey when they return home.

The free event takes place on Saturday July 16, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at King Gillette Ranch.

Parking is also free, and there will be food trucks for park visitors to purchase food and beverages.

Participants can learn more and register for the event at

For more information, call the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at 805-370-2301.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.