BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 530

BLM Reaches for the Stars at Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles City Council member Tom LaBonge and the City of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation hosted a "Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors" event at Griffith Observatory -- inviting children and their families to get outdoors, connect with their wild neighbors, and celebrate nature. The event was part of the national launch of the 2012 "Get to Know" contest that invites youth, ages 19 and under, to submit original works of art, writing, photography, music,and video.

The L.A. event featured free educational and artistic activities designed to help create awareness and understanding of our outdoor environment and wildlife. Councilmember LaBonge and Recreation and Parks rangers led a hike to Mount Hollywood, while dozens of exhibitors treated visitors from all over the world to a little bit of nature.

The BLM's Barbara Croonquist and BLM volunteer Dee Dechert brought the California Desert District's infamous live native reptiles and a cross section of BLM information. But the reptiles were the true stars of the event. In fact, BLM's booth proved to be so popular that Recreation and Parks personnel had to help turn folks away so BLM could close its booth -- well after all the other vendors had left.

This was the first time for many to see live native reptiles up close and truly get to know their wild neighbors.

A booth visitor and friends pose with an iguana

A BLM employee holds an iguana for a young visitor to examine

- Barbara Croonquist, California Desert District public contact representative (May 7, 2012)

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