If you’ll be in the Southern California area this Wednesday, this is for you.
On Wednesday, October 19, Topanga Elementary Charter School, in collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation, will host a special event meant to kickoff Urban Wildlife Week and celebrate P-22, the only mountain lion that takes up residence at Griffith Park.
P-22 crossed two major freeways in the Los Angeles area on his travels, taking him nearly 40 miles — from the Santa Monica Mountains to LA’s Griffith Park area, where he lives today.
More, from the press release:
The National Wildlife Federation in partnership with The Natural History Museum and presenting sponsor the Annenberg Foundation will end its first day of hiking on October 19 at Topanga Elementary Charter School. Topanga Elementary is the first school in the Los Angeles area to earn the certified Wildlife Habitat designation by The National Wildlife Federation. Beth Pratt, California’s Director of The National Wildlife Federation, will retrace P-22’s trek over 4 days starting October 19 at Liberty Canyon and ending on the 22nd at Griffith Park. The walk will physically and virtually trace the likely path that P-22 took in leaving his birth place in the Santa Monica Mountains to reach his current home in Griffith Park.
Beth’s trek is designed to raise awareness of the #SaveLACougars effort for the construction of what will be the largest wildlife crossing in the world. The crossing’s planned location is at Liberty Canyon in Agoura Hills. The bridge’s architect, and proud Topanga Elementary Science Committee member, Clark Stevens, will be on hand to discuss his concept and the initiative.
In terms of special guests that will appear at the event 10/19, the list is pretty eclectic. Archaeologist Dr. Gary Stickel, considered the ‘real-life Indiana Jones’, will be there, and will introduce Chief Ernest Salas of the Kizh Nation Gabrieleño Band Of Mission Indians — who will give P-22 a native name in a lavish ceremony.
Other guests include:
Nick Hexum, vocalist of the band 311 (Nick’s wife, Nikki, is one of the main organizers of this event).
Beth Pratt- National Wildlife Federation California Director
Clark Steven – Architect of wildlife over pass
Chief Ernest Salas of the Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians Kizh Nation
Dr. Gary Stickel Archaeologist
Dr.Debra Shier San Diego Zoo institute for Conservation
Musician- Nick Hexum of 311
Musician – Pearl Aday
Artist Chloe Trujillo, wife of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo
Actress- Ashley Scott
In addition, State Senate candidate Henry Stern also confirmed he will be in attendance at the event.
Topanga Elementary Charter School also has a fundraising page up at Generosity.com, geared around raising funds for the Science & Technology departments at the school.