Celebrating Recreation Season at Chilao Visitors’ Center

The USFS Chilao Visitors’ Center, in the heart of the Angeles National Forest, and Chilao School are celebrating the official opening of the 2016 recreation season with events at both locations on Saturday, April 2.

The USFS Chilao Visitors’ Center has a new display of work by local artists and will offer a geology lecture and nature hike, live animal display, new exhibits and a touchable wildlife display on loan to the Visitors’ Center by the non profit group Redbird, which owns and operates Chilao School.

Less than two miles from the Visitors’ Center in the campground loop, Chilao School is hosting Bear and Butterfly, celebrating the black bear and monarch butterfly from the Native American cultural and spiritual perspective and the scientific/biological understanding. Live monarchs will be on display; the gathering will open with Native American ceremonial songs and a number of presenters will be sharing their knowledge and passion for these creatures throughout the day. There will also be artwork for sale and possibly butterfly-friendly plants from Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery if the all-volunteer nursery staff is able to come. Potluck style lunch and refreshments will be available. The event is free; donations are always appreciated.

Chilao Visitors’ Center and Chilao School is located in the heart of the Angeles National Forest, just off of Highway 2 in Chilao Campground.

Do not rely on GPS or Google to reach Chilao School – it is off the grid.

From the 210 Freeway in La Cañada, take Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2 North) 26 miles to Chilao Campground at mile marker 49.69. Turn left into campground and follow the Redbird/Chilao School signs.