Our work at the Magnolia Place Family Center 

Last Day of "Whale Tail" at Malibu Lagoon  

The Children's Nature Institute's "Whale Tail" Summer Camp ended with a field trip to Malibu Lagoon.  This pilot program was funded by a grant from the California Coastal Commission.  Program Coordinator, Araceli Perez, said that "Whale Tail" campers were concerned about protecting Malibu Lagoon's fragile ecosystem.  They talked about what they could do about litter and were focused on leaving natural items untouched.  Docents Stan Kamin, Bette Simons, and Georja Umano-Jones shared their expertise and love of nature with campers and their families, making the walk extra special.  Thanks to our inquisitive "Whale Tail" campers, supportive parents, committed educators, and dedicated docents, CNI's first-ever summer camp at the Magnolia Place Family Center was a success!
Family Programs on the Trails
Tykes on Trails (ToT) and weekend family walks

ToT (Tykes on Trails)  

ToT walks offer your child the opportunity to learn from their own exciting experiences, providing a bedrock of information in the best possible classroom - our beautiful parks.  In addition to the specially-tailored hike lessons and take-home activity ideas, we establish vocabulary lists that will provide your little one with the opportunity to grow their verbal skills with every walk.  ToT walks are geared for children ages 2-4 years old.  Please click on a date below to register:   

Wednesday, August 31 at Franklin Canyon, 10 am-12pm 

Wednesday, September 7 at Franklin Canyon, 10 am-12 pm  

Wednesday, September 14 at Franklin Canyon, 10 am-12pm Wednesday, September 21 at Franklin Canyon, 10 am-12 pm

Family Walk Celebrating Grandparents!
On this very special day we will be honoring grandparents and loved ones who have helped us with their experience and knowledge. Your hike leader will point out examples of multi generational plant and animal relatives, and discuss the many ways we learn from those who have come before us. This stroll will be for hikers of all ages and abilities, from infants to elders.  To register, please click on the date below:
Sunday, September 11 at Eaton Canyon, 10 am-12pm

"Autumn Is Here" Family Walk
Please join us as we usher in a new season! We'll be celebrating the second day of Fall as we stroll the gently rolling hills of Topanga Canyon. Your hike leader will have an special activity for families that helps all to notice the special changes in color and environment that Autumn brings. Your walk will be lead by a trained naturalist who will provide thoughtful insight and a safe exciting environment for children to learn about local flora and fauna. This hike is designed for walkers of all ages.  To register, please click on the date below:
 Saturday, September 24 at Topanga State Park, 10 am-12pm
Be the "Wind Beneath Our Wings"
Volunteer at CNI!

We need your help on the trail, in the office, at special events, and at
our gardens!  Please contact for more information.

CNI thanks our friends and neighbors from USC who helped maintain our Native Butterfly Garden at Griffith Park last weekend during their day of service.  They weeded, watered, and raked to make the trail accessible for families and children who walk with us at Griffith Park! 
Follow that WonderMobile
Catch CNI at special events around town!

Our WonderMobile traveling classroom introduces the wonders of the natural world to children with fascinating animals and artifacts.   


"Creature Features" at the Magnolia Place Family Center Treehouse Library

Thursday, September 8, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Join Environmental Educator, Kate Heller, for an afternoon of books, animals, and fun activities! 

Please click here for directions. 


"Summer Sunset Campfire" at Los Angeles State Historic Park

Saturday, September 24, 5:00 pm

Meet at the Roadhouse, roast marshmallows, and make new friends!

Please click here for more information.   

In This Issue
Family Programs on the Trails
Be the "Wind Beneath Our Wings" and volunteer!
Follow that WonderMobile
Support CNI at Ralph's


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Los Angeles, California 90007



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