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Connecting to Nature is Key!

Connect to Protect Gallery Event & Natural History of Santa Monica Bay Bike Hike

If you live, work or play in Santa Monica, you are invited to submit a photograph of how you connect to the natural world within the city. It can be a picture of yourself, your friends or your family picnicking in the park, hanging out at the beach, working in the garden or anything else that inspires you.
  • Selected photo submissions from the community will be on display at the event.
  • The evening will start off with Wine and Hors d’oeuvre networking.
  • A short presentation about Santa Monica parks and open space will be given by a representative from Community Cultural Services.
Sylvie Rokab, the Producer and Director of Love Thy Nature will give a short presentation and end the evening with a Blue Marble Contemplation – “Pay it forward”

Connect to Protect Gallery Event 
When: Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm 
Where: Lois Lambert Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, 90404
In accordance with the Sustainable City Plan, the goal is to help residents recognize that they share the local ecosystem with other living things that warrant respect and responsible stewardship.
Submission Guidelines:
  • All photos should be in highest resolution possible
  • Include name, email address and phone number
  • Include a one sentence description of the photo or why you chose it
  • Photos should be taken in Santa Monica
When: Photo Submission deadline is March 18th
Where: Email photos to gina.garcia@sustainableworks.org


Need some inspiration?
Join the Natural History of Santa Monica Bay Bike Hike

When: Saturday, March 11th – 9am* – 12pm
Where: Meet at the Santa Monica Pier South Entrance (near the original Muscle Beach sign near the lifeguard headquarters)

The bike hike will be lead by William Selby. Bill is a recently retired professor from the Earth Science Department at Santa Monica College. He has led hundreds of learning and research field expeditions and is author of the geography book on California, “Rediscovering the Golden State”.

Do you ever wonder what natural forces and processes are shaping Santa Monica Bay and surrounding landscapes? How can you better observe and understand the natural systems and cycles that have been impacting our region for millions of years? The coastal plain and cliffs, the beach, and the ocean all have fascinating stories to tell if only we would pay attention. On our bicycles, we will explore the natural history of Santa Monica and its bay to get a better understanding of what we built our city on and how these natural landscapes are changing around us.
In about three hours, we will explore from the Santa Monica Pier to the end of the beach bike path just past Temescal and then return to the pier. You must be capable of safely riding your bicycle along the beach path. Arrive a little early and bring some cash if you plan to rent from one of the nearby private bicycle vendors. There is also a nearby Breeze Bike Share Station. You are required to sign a waiver to participate.
Steady rain cancels, but scattered drizzle won’t stop us.
Take advantage of this opportunity to reconnect to nature. This event is open to anyone who lives, works or plays in Santa Monica.
*Please arrive a little before 9:00am so you are not left behind!

Take photos during the bike experience to submit to the Connect to Protect Gallery Event

If you have any questions about the bike and hike, text Bill Selby at 310-463-8636

Space is limited!

Both the Connect to Protect Event and the Bike Hike are presented by the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability of the Environmentalong with Sustainable Works.

PHOTOS: Parks Day, Come Play! Ride with the Mayor & SM Spoke Picnic Ride!

We had a GREAT DAY of Celebrating and Bike Riding Saturday!

Click the image to go to flickr Photo Gallery or side arrows to advance embedded gallery here!
Parks Day! Mayors Ride & Picnic Ride!

• The official Parks Day, Come Play! started at 10am with Grand Opening Ceremonies at the new Ishihara Park
• The ride activities followed after the Dedication Celebrations at Gandara Park around 11:30am with the February Ride with the Mayor and our Picnic Ride –