Native Plantpalooza & Eco Fest
Native Plantpalooza & Eco Fest is a free, family-friendly outdoor event where the Conejo Valley community learns about native plants, water-wise gardening and more sustainable living. It provides inspiration for attendees to protect our environment and be good stewards of our open space. The event includes a variety of eco-themed exhibitors, including native plant vendors, beekeepers, wildlife rehab specialists and herpetologists. Experts speak on topics including native wildlife, drought-resistant gardening and supporting monarchs through growing milkweed.
The inaugural event was held October 1, 2022, at the Conejo Creek North Park in Thousand Oaks. First year exhibitors included Betina’s Butterfly Garden, noted wildflower painter and author Stacy Ruda Best, and garden clubs from Westlake and Conejo Valley. Speakers included master gardener Laura Pasetta and nursery manager Antonio Sanchez of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
For the inaugural event, COSF received grants from the Coalition for Clean Air and Commercia Bank. The 2023 event, held October 7 at the same location, was underwritten by Calleguas Municipal Water District.