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For Those Not Going to Coachella... There's Still Plenty of Ways to Feel Like You're Getting Out of Town

Parmount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains
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Tonight through Sunday are a few events to take you far enough away from the city to make you feel like you're on a trip without the Coachella traffic experience.

Tonight is the first day of the Santa Monica Mountains 1st Annual Science Festival. While it sounds a wee bit nerdy, it's worth a look at what the National Park Service and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles are offering for adults and kids. Tonight are a few programs, from a night hike for kids to a star talk to a "catching owls" demonstration. On Saturday, there will be presentations on mountain lions, native plants and other animals. Scientists, biologists and an archaeologist will be there for Q&A sessions while the kids can be busy with a plenty of hands-on demos featuring spiders, birds and plants.

Also on Saturday is Topanga Earth Day, which continues through Sunday. The festival features yoga, music, art, organic food and all those things that can make Topanga, well, Topanga.

And only on Sunday is the annual Earth Day Whale Fest at Leo Carillo State Park. Will you see a whale? Who knows, but this event is about celebrating the gray whale's return from the brink of extinction.