Nature preserve hosts Earth Day celebration

April 3, 2014 by  

This weekend, residents in Chatsworth, and those in neighboring Northridge, have an opportunity to visit a nature preserve that is typically not open to the public.

The Earth Day Celebration will feature a ‘Chumash blessing’ and several guided hikes around ‘Ecology Pond’. In addition, various conservation groups will provide informational presentations with wildlife and native plant species.

While the Chatsworth Nature Preserve is protected through a city ordinance, the natural area has been threatened through proposed site modifications. However, a coalition has been formed to protect the preserve. Birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles live in the natural area. In addition, the area is home to such habitats as wetlands and grasslands.

The preserve has a rich history; Native American tribes and Spanish missionaries are two of the groups that came to the area. Ranchers and cattle herders also used the preserve.

This free event is an opportunity for the preserve’s coalition to raise awareness about the importance of this natural open space. The organization may have used postcard printing to send out information to the community informing them about the event and also reminding people to support the coalition’s efforts.

The celebration kicks off this Sunday, April 6 at 10:00 am, and continues until 3:00 pm. Chatsworth Nature Preserve is located at 23234 Valley Circle Boulevard. Parking is available on Valley Circle Boulevard.