P-22 Week Events
Join us for our 4th annual series of fun events celebrating mountain lions, coexisting with wildlife, and our efforts to build the wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon: a worldwide model for conservation.
All events are open to the public and free!
SATURDAY 10/12: WILDLIFE 2 WATTS (12PM to 3PM)
3rd Rock Hip-Hop has teamed up with The National Wildlife Federation to bring an experience of the wild to the City of Watts. Enjoy live music, games and activities, free food, and meet some wildlife friends from Teranga Ranch. RSVP at our Facebook event. Noon to 3:00 pm.
LOCATION: Watts Civic Center, 1501 E 103rd Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90002
SUNDAY 10/13: WILDLIFE CROSSING THANK YOU & OPEN HOUSE (3PM to 5PM)
Join us for a thank you celebration to all #SaveLACougars supporters! Come learn more from the project team about the wildlife crossing, mountain lion and other area wildlife research while enjoying some complimentary drinks and light appetizers. We’ll also have a special 3D model of the crossing for you to view! RSVP at our Facebook event.
LOCATION: King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA 91302
MONDAY 10/14 & THURSDAY 10/17: COUGAR TACO TIME AT YUCA’S
Join us for a no-host Cougar Taco Time at world famous Yuca’s. You can take a selfie with P-22 (well, his likeness), and sample Yuca’s delicious food. Proceeds benefit #SaveLACougars.
10/14: 5:00 PM TO 6:30 PM – LOCATION: Yuca’s Restaurants, 2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, California 90027 – RSVP at our Facebook event.
10/17: 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM – LOCATION: Yuca’s, 1075 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, California 91105 – RSVP at our Facebook event.
TUESDAY, 10/15: P-22 HIKE KICK-OFF AT CROSSING SITE (9AM to 9:30AM)
The National Wildlife Federation’s Beth Pratt leads a 5-Day and 50 mile trek every year retracing P-22’s likely journey to Griffith Park. Come see the hikers off at this kick-off rally at the future site of the wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon. Project partners will give a brief update about the crossing. If you want to join the hikers, you can walk the first four miles with them to King Gillette Ranch, but you just need to arrange your own transportation. RSVP at our Facebook event. 9:00 AM TO 9:30 AM,
LOCATION: Liberty Canyon Road Exit, Northside, Agoura Hills.
WEDNESDAY, 10/16: P-22 AT THE MUSEUM-FACEBOOK LIVE (1PM to 2PM)
Did you know P-22 has his own museum exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County? Tune into P-22’s Facebook page at 1:00 pm on October 16 for a LIVE video at the museum. Miguel Ordeñana, who helped discover the first photo of P-22, and other museum staff will talk about how they designed an exhibit worthy of everyone’s favorite mountain lion. Come to the Museum and attend in person (normal admission fees apply)–you can be in the FB Live video to show your P-22 LOVE! RSVP at our Facebook event. 1:00 PM TO 2:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, 10/16: ONLINE PREMIERE CALIFORNIA MOUNTAIN LION FILM (7PM to 8PM)
Join us online for a premiere of the new film in the California Mountain Lion series, “The Connection Conflict.” After the showing, the filmmakers, scientists and wildlife advocates will host a LIVE Q&A session. View the full series here and join the Facebook event for information on how to watch. 7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM
FRIDAY, 10/18: P-22 DAY & URBAN WILDLIFE WEEK STOP AT TREEPEOPLE (12PM to 1PM)
Did you know P-22 likely walked through TreePeople’s great park on his way to Griffith Park? Join TreePeople and the National Wildlife Federation for a lunchtime conversation about wildlife, habitat, water conservation and mountain lions, of course. Bring your own lunch, but they will provide some free drinks and dessert for you. After the talk, you can join the Following the Footsteps of P-22 hikers as they continue their journey. RSVP at the Facebook event. NOON TO 1:00 PM.
LOCATION: TreePeople, 12601 Mulholland Dr, Beverly Hills, California 90210
SATURDAY, 10/19: P-22 DAY FESTIVAL (11AM to 4PM)
Don’t miss this full day of fun and interactive activities including a virtual reality cinema, music from 3rd Rock Hip Hop, a P-22 photo booth, kids’ art activities, a rock-climbing wall, and much more. The event features over a hundred exhibitors on urban wildlife, including a learning center on coexisting with wildlife from the Mountain Lion Foundation, and a pavilion where people can meet the National Park Service biologists who study P-22 and other animals. Students from schools across the Los Angeles area will also take the main stage to present their urban wildlife and P-22 inspired projects. RSVP at the Facebook event. 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM.
LOCATION: Shane’s Inspiration In Griffith Park, 4800 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, California 90027
WIN A TRIP TO P-22 DAY FROM ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES!
Create an art project on how to help urban wildlife and enter to win by September 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Categories for both adults and kids. See details on the contest Facebook page. Please share with your friends across the country!
A QUOTE FROM P-22
“TBH, BETH AND THE NWF ARE MY ONLY HOPE AT SURVIVAL. JOIN THEM IN KEEPING ME AND MY FAMILY FROM BECOMING EXTINCT. ”
It takes a village to save our local cougars—and to build potentially the largest wildlife crossing in the world! The wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon is a public/private partnership. The core project team, which meets regularly to discuss the planning, design and engineering, along with the fundraising and educational activities, includes representatives from local, state, and national agencies and organizations—Caltrans, the National Park Service, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservatory, the Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority, the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, City of Agoura Hills, and the National Wildlife Federation—along with local and state elected officials.
The #SaveLACougars campaign, dedicated to raising funds to support the effort, along with conducting the educational activities and public engagement around the project, was founded by a partnership of the National Wildlife Federation and the Santa Monica Mountains Fund.
FOR THE KIDS
Bring the amazing story of P-22 and the mountain lions of Los Angeles to your school! Presentations are available for all age groups. Students will learn about the incredible journey of P-22, some of the National Park Service and other scientists studying these mountain lions, along with secrets and surprising facts about North America’s magnificent wild cat, now struggling to survive in our local mountains — and what we are doing to help.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION’S
CALIFORNIA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Beth Pratt, National Wildlife Federation’s California Regional Executive Director, leads the #SaveLACougars campaign, and has worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty-five years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. From working with wolves to bears, she says “nothing has inspired me more than helping to build this landmark crossing outside of Los Angeles to help save this urban population of mountain lions”.
She is also the author of the book, “When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California” and featured the story of P-22 in her TEDx talk, “How a Lonely Cougar in Los Angeles Inspired the World”.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION’S
REGIONAL PHILANTHROPY OFFICER FOR CALIFORNIA
Amanda Leon, Regional Philanthropy Officer for California, enjoys strengthening the connection National Wildlife Federation members and philanthropists have to wildlife conservation projects throughout the state and the country. Born and raised in the Golden State, Amanda values the diversity of the population, landscapes and ecosystems that make California an exceptional place to bring people and perspectives together around saving and coexisting with wildlife – especially LA Cougars!
Prior to joining the team, Amanda raised funds for student scholarships and services at Mihaylo College of Business and Economic at her alma mater, Cal State University, Fullerton. She enjoys hiking new trails and listening to live music in her free time. Amanda looks forward to hiking alongside Beth and other cougar fans at the next Urban Wildlife Week & P-22 Day.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION’S
OPERATIONS COORDINATOR AND EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
April Gilbert, Operations Coordinator and Executive Assistant for the California Region, provides administrative and operational support for the California Team and Regional Executive Director. She is completely charmed by the courageous and charismatic P-22 and particularly excited about the Wildlife Crossing at Liberty Canyon.
Previously, April worked at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation as the assistant to the CEO and earned her Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin, Stout. An avid backpacker, April believes the more we can connect with nature, the more we can connect with ourselves and each other. April is currently a student in the Conservatory at Second City, Hollywood.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION’S
CAPITOL CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR
Jonathan Lipton is the founder + principal of Lipton Strategies, a strategic consulting firm working at the intersection of philanthropy, politics, public policy, and social impact. He comes to the #SaveLACougars campaign with nearly a decade of experience directing and raising multi-million-dollar campaigns for clients across the country and around the world.
A native Los Angeleno, Jonathan has worked across the United States and around the world in the social, political, for-profit, and public sectors. He began his career as a Partnership Specialist in the Office of U.S. Secretary of State managing global public-private-partnerships for the U.S. Government, and later went on to serve as a Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the third most influential lobbying organization in the country. As the founder + principal of Lipton Strategies his clients include numerous political campaigns, social service, and advocacy organizations with a vast array of interests.
A passionate change agent, Jonathan is excited to join the #SaveLACougars campaign and bring his expertise in philanthropy and public-private-partnerships to build the world’s largest wildlife crossing.