Santa Monica Mountains Natural History Association

LogoThe Santa Monica Mountains Natural History Association funds and supports educational and interpretive programs at Leo Carrillo State Park, Point Mugu State Park and Point Dume State Preserve. Working in partnership with the California State Parks, the Association enables positive visitor experiences that are not only educational, but also memorable.

The Association supports the Parks interpretive services that include public walks, school programs, Junior Rangers, Junior Lifeguards, campfire programs, brochures, exhibits, visitor centers, docent programs and community education events. In addition to these valuable programs, the Association sponsors the Park's Annual Whale Festival.

The Annual Whale Festival is a one-day event held at Leo Carrillo State Park. The event includes whale-watching stations, marine conservation information booths, children’s activities, food booths, marine artists and live performers. The goal of the Whale Festival is to educate the public about marine wildlife and conservation, particularly focusing on the California Gray Whale.

The Association accomplishes their goals through the work of dedicated volunteers and members, the generosity of individual and business donors, and support from foundations and grants. If you have a passion for stewardship and education about the natural and cultural heritage preserved along the Malibu coast, contact them to see how you can become involved.

The Santa Monica Mountains Natural History Association has proven itself to be a valuable ally to the parks, visitors and staff at Leo Carrillo State Park, Point Mugu State Park and Point Dume State Preserve. For more information about the association and its many activities, or to become a member, contact the association.

Santa Monica Mountains Natural History Association 9000 West Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265

message phone: (805) 488-1827 x106

Program Overview

Through the Cooperating Associations Program, California State Parks has valuable relationships with more than 80 cooperating associations authorized pursuant to Public Resources Code 513.  The association on this page is one of these official organizations.  Like other associations it is dedicated to enhancing the educational and interpretive programs in California State Parks. 

Cooperating associations are related to, but independent of the state parks they serve.  They are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as charitable nonprofit organizations (IRS 501 (c) 3) .

Many cooperating associations have websites.  California State Parks encourages you to visit these websites, however does not guarantee their content or accuracy.