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Caravan To WonderGrass – Featuring Elephant Revival

By on October 19, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments
Caravan To WonderGrass – Featuring Elephant Revival

Coming to Ojai, California  Nov 17 – 19, 2017! Bring the whole family to experience local music, art, and community. The Ojai Valley sets the stage for musical performances from Elephant Revival, as well as Radio Skies (unplugged), Grant Farm, The Chillz, Wally Ingram, Danny McGaw, Scotty Stoughton and other special guests. In the spirit of sustainability […]

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OVLC’s 30th Birthday Celebration!

By on September 15, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments
OVLC’s 30th Birthday Celebration!

Please join us in celebrating 30 years of local conservation with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Saturday, October 14

5:30 – 9 pm

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Mountainfilm on Tour 2017

By on July 6, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments
Mountainfilm on Tour 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Under the stars at Ojai Valley School
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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Protecting the Ojai: Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Celebrating 30 Years

By on June 26, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments
Protecting the Ojai: Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Celebrating 30 Years

Protecting The Ojai

An Ojai Valley Museum exhibit exploring the history of the OVLC

July 8 – September 24

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Backwoods Bazaar

By on June 26, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments
Backwoods Bazaar

Come say hello to the OVLC at the Backwoods Bazaar!

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Krishnamurti Foundation of America Announces the Opening of the Ojai Saddle Trails in Partnership with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Krishnamurti Foundation of America Announces the Opening of the Ojai Saddle Trails in Partnership with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and the Krishnamurti Foundation of America are proud to announce a partnership to provide formal public access on private land adjacent to the Ojai Meadows Preserve through a trail easement.

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Grand Hotel – The Musical

By on October 6, 2016 in Events with 0 Comments
Grand Hotel – The Musical

The Ojai Performing Arts theater presents Grand Hotel – The Musical. The six performances will benefit the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. **Gala Opening Night** Friday November 25, 8:00 PM Saturday, November 26 at 8:00PM Sunday, November 27 at 2:00PM Friday, December 2 at 8:00PM Saturday, December 3 at 8:00PM Sunday, December 4 at 2:00PM **The Gala […]

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Rock the Glass

By on November 14, 2016 in Events, News with 2 Comments
Rock the Glass

Rock the Glass Party for the OVLC Tuesday, November 29 5:30 – 7:30 pm Porch Gallery 310 E. Matilija Ave A Rocks (or Old Fashioned) Glass featuring photographer Heather Stobo’s digitally rendered photograph of an Ojai Oak Tree shot at the Ojai Meadows Preserve. The glasses come paired with a recipe courtesy of Sam, the […]

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Mountainfilm on Tour 2016

By on July 12, 2016 in Events, Featured with 0 Comments
Mountainfilm on Tour 2016

A Fundraiser for the OVLC
Friday, September 23, 2016
Gates open at 5:00 pm – Films start at 7:15 pm
At Ojai Valley School (Lower Campus) front Sports Field

Tickets: $18 current OVLC members – $22 non-members – $25 at the door – $10 children under 12
2 free tickets with a new membership of $35 or above – see below for details!
Online ticket sales end Friday, September 23th at 11 a.m.

Get ready for a night of fun and food, friends and family, adventure inspired shorts, Telluride Mountainfilm style. On September 23, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is teaming up with Mountainfilm on Tour to bring the original films and the experience of the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival to Ojai.

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Annual Member Celebration 2016

By on September 7, 2016 in Events with 0 Comments
Annual Member Celebration 2016

Saturday, October 8
5-9 pm
At the Ventura River Steelhead Preserve
(Not yet open to the public!) 

MUSIC – FOOD – NO HOST BAR – FUN!
Q-Time BBQ will be serving a delicious meal of BBQ chicken, mixed green salad, beans and bread. There will be vegetable lasagna as a vegetarian option as well.

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2015 Fall Native Plant Sale

By on September 30, 2015 in Events with 3 Comments
2015 Fall Native Plant Sale

Oct 17, 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Nursery Manager Ron Singer will be selling some of the OVLC’s best stock of natives from our own Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery.

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Non-Commercial Orchard Removal Aims to Protect Commercial Groves and Reduce Fire Risks

By on October 7, 2015 in News, Press with 0 Comments
Non-Commercial Orchard Removal Aims to Protect Commercial Groves and Reduce Fire Risks

A project to remove several thousand orange trees at the Ventura River Preserve will address community threats caused by the mix of live and dead orange trees in the historic orchard, and make way for the re-establishment of native oak savanna and woodland habitats. Beginning on October 12, the tree removal will be done mechanically […]

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Annual Member Celebration – 2015

By on August 25, 2015 in Events with 0 Comments
Annual Member Celebration – 2015

Save the Date!

Saturday, October 3

4-8 pm

At the Ventura River Steelhead Preserve
(Not yet open to the public!) Click here for Directions

Members Only
Want to bring a friend? Have them join or renew today! If you are unsure if your membership is current, feel free to email tania@ovlc.org or call (805) 649-6852 and we will be happy to check for you.

Details to come soon! Watch your mailbox for our invite.

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Mountainfilm on Tour Success

By on September 30, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News with 0 Comments
Mountainfilm on Tour Success

Update: The 2016 Date has been set! Stay tuned for more details and ticket sales this summer. Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour – Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Friday, September 23, 2016 5pm – 10pm A big thank you to everyone who came out on Friday to our Telluride Mountainfilm Festival event at Ojai Valley School. We […]

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A is for Acorn

By on September 22, 2015 in Notes from the Nursery Manager with 2 Comments
A is for Acorn

Believe it or not it’s acorn collecting time again Collecting as many as we can for restoration projects Drought has seriously hampered acorn production in California Exudation is the sticky substance you find on damaged acorns. Leave them be. Find an oak with grass underneath for a soft landing and better chance of survival. Green […]

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Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Seeks National Accreditation

By on September 5, 2015 in News with 0 Comments
Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Seeks National Accreditation

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) is pleased to announce it is currently applying for accreditation. A public comment period is now open. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of […]

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Desire Under the Oaks

By on May 16, 2015 in Notes from the Nursery Manager with 1 Comment
Desire Under the Oaks

One of the more frequent questions I get in my capacity as local plant nerd is what can I plant underneath my oak trees. Planting under oaks is tricky for a number of reasons. First, they are large and evergreen, thus allowing precious little sunlight to reach the ground anywhere near the trunk. Secondly, oak […]

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National Trails Day – Free Guided Nature Hikes and Walks

By on May 16, 2015 in Events with 0 Comments
National Trails Day – Free Guided Nature Hikes and Walks

Celebrate National Trails Day with free guided nature hikes and walks Saturday June 6, 2015 In celebration of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy staff and docents will lead free guided nature hikes and walks on five of our Nature Preserves. The events will all begin at 8:30 AM […]

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Rocks, Roots & Weather

By on May 7, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 1 Comment
Rocks, Roots & Weather

Works by Patty Van Dyke Twenty percent of the sales from this show will go the OVLC with deep appreciation. Red Brick Gallery 315 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001 May 19 – July 28 Anne Lamott says there are really only three prayers – “Please, please, please,” “Thank you, “ and “Wow!” This series […]

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Independence Day – Ojai Meadows Preserve is Closed to the Public

By on April 28, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Independence Day – Ojai Meadows Preserve is Closed to the Public

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 (Independence Day) Ojai Meadows Preserve is closed to the public.

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All About Ojai: Dirt Time with the Channel Islands Tracking Team

By on April 21, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: Dirt Time with the Channel Islands Tracking Team

ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series Dirt Time with the Channel Islands Tracking Team followed by slide show Saturday, May 9, 2015 9 AM to 12 AM Old Baldwin Road Trailhead, Ventura River Preserve Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water and sun protection. Join us for a fun and informative morning out on the […]

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National Trails Day

By on May 4, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
National Trails Day

Saturday, June 6th, 2015 There will be guided hikes at five our or preserves. Check back for details soon.

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Bird Walk Checklist

Bird Walk Checklist

We had a fabulous bird walk at the Ojai Meadows Preserve this past Saturday with Jesse Grantham. Here is the list of the birds we saw, as a few photographs of the highlights thanks to Mike! 35 species total 5 Turkey Vulture 1 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove 10 Mourning Dove 1 Greater Roadrunner 3 […]

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Kennedy Ridge or Bust

By on April 29, 2015 in Press, Ventura River Preserve with 0 Comments
Kennedy Ridge or Bust

The Kennedy Ridge Trail and OVLC Stewardship Director were featured in a great article by Ray Ford in the Santa Barbara Independent this week:   As you ascend the switchbacks leading to the top of Kennedy Ridge the whole Ojai Valley comes into view. The Topatopa Mountain escarpment provides a similar backdrop to what we […]

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All About Ojai: Guided Bird Walk on the Ojai Meadows Preserve

By on April 21, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: Guided Bird Walk on the Ojai Meadows Preserve

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:30 AM Join Jesse Grantham for a birding tour of the Ojai Meadows Preserve on Saturday morning May 2, at 8:30 AM. Jesse Grantham is a renowned bird expert. He is the retired coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Condor Recovery program. This is an easy walk on uneven […]

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Ventura River Preserve – Free Guided Nature Hike and Bird Walk

By on April 21, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Ventura River Preserve – Free Guided Nature Hike and Bird Walk

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ventura River Preserve: Wills-Rice Canyon Loop The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is hosting a bird and nature hike at the Ventura River Preserve on Sunday May 3rd at 8:30 AM. The hike will follow the Wills-Rice Loop trail and will be led by Peter Larramendy. You […]

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Last Section of the Fuelbreak Road Trail Protected Forever

By on April 21, 2015 in News, Valley View Preserve with 0 Comments
Last Section of the Fuelbreak Road Trail Protected Forever

Ojai’s front country trails got another “leg up” this month with a donated easement to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) for the final section of OVLC’s Fuelbreak Road Trail. Most of the popular trail had been put into a trail easement in the late 1990’s—connecting the U.S. Forest Service’s Fuelbreak Road and Gridley Trail. […]

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OVLC Restoration Volunteer Highlights

OVLC Restoration Volunteer Highlights

The OVLC has been fortunate to have a number of locals volunteering at our preserves. A regular volunteer group at both the Ojai Meadows Preserve and the Ventura River Steelhead Preserve is Once Upon a Watershed. Once Upon a Watershed is an outdoor education program that provides hands-on watershed education, restoration, and stewardship to 4th, […]

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Adopt-a-Trail Agreement Signed

By on April 21, 2015 in News, Valley View Preserve with 0 Comments
Adopt-a-Trail Agreement Signed

With the ink barely dry on a new Adopt-a-Trail agreement for parts of the Foothill Trail, volunteers got busy recently doing needed maintenance. When the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) purchased what is now the Valley View Preserve two years ago it came with the promise of reopening the historic trail. That work was accomplished […]

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Beaver Tales

By on April 28, 2015 in Notes from Rick with 2 Comments
Beaver Tales

Each year the Salmonid Restoration Federation, a northern California based organization dedicated to saving salmon and steelhead and their habitat hold a five day conference with many presenters and programs. Last spring’s event was held in Santa Barbara. The presenters from one of the workshops came to Ojai to look for possible sites for restoring […]

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Snake Stories

By on April 27, 2015 in Notes from Rick with 0 Comments
Snake Stories

Although it seems that collecting reptiles is a popular thing to do these days, some fifty years ago already my boyhood friends and I growing up in Ojai were crazy about collecting snakes, turtles and lizards and were fascinated with their lives and stories. We kept our creatures in terrariums and cages, feeding and looking […]

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Improved Hiking Access through Forest Service Partnership

By on April 30, 2015 in Newsletter with 0 Comments
Improved Hiking Access through Forest Service Partnership

It’s been a good month for improved hiking access with projects put in place in partnership with the US Forest Service (USFS). The Foothill Trail adopt-a-trail agreement and the Pratt Trailhead rehab project have finally launched. Heidi Anderson, the Ojai District’s Wilderness Trails Manager and temporary duty District Ranger Yolanda Saldana worked with OVLC to […]

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OVLC Volunteer Trail Crew

By on April 27, 2015 in Notes from Rick with 0 Comments
OVLC Volunteer Trail Crew

Most agree that they love the fresh air, exercise, sense of accomplishment, fellowship and a strong desire to give something tangible to the beautiful place they call home. Who are these virtuous few? They are the OVLC Volunteer Trail Crew! As volunteer Rob Young, a retired geologist likes to say, “I really look forward to […]

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Cleaning up the Ventura River

Cleaning up the Ventura River

Pulling old dolls, smashed bicycles and discarded tires out of the river isn’t what everyone wants to do on their holiday, but for some 50 volunteers on Presidents’ Day, that’s exactly what they did; and the river was better off for it. Ojai people of all ages came together with trashcans and buckets and collected […]

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Spring Native Plant Sale

By on March 13, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Spring Native Plant Sale

APRIL 18, 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. Nursery Manager Ron Singer will be selling some of the OVLC’s best stock of natives from our own Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery. The plant sale will be at our Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery on Besant Road. Use Lomita entrance to the Ojai Meadows Preserve. […]

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Earth Day at Oak Grove School

By on March 13, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Earth Day at Oak Grove School

Earth Day 2015 It’s Our Turn to Lead Ojai’s Official Earth Day Event Saturday, April 18, 2015 11:00AM – 4:00PM Oak Grove School 220 West Lomita • Ojai, California In celebration of sustainable living, global awareness, and the joy of nature, four Ojai-based organizations team up to host this once-a-year free community event – Food […]

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Love Them, Leash Them, and Help Save the Birds

By on February 5, 2015 in News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
Love Them, Leash Them, and Help Save the Birds

As Ojai’s people welcome the new calendar year, Ojai’s birds are anticipating the upcoming nesting/migration season (February through September). In no other place is this more important than at the Ojai Meadows Preserve. This restored wetland preserve has attracted 187 species of birds, and many of them choose the meadows for nesting or as a […]

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Free Wildflower Walk at the Ojai Meadow Preserve

By on March 13, 2015 in Events with 0 Comments
Free Wildflower Walk at the Ojai Meadow Preserve

Saturday, March 28 – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE) Ojai Meadows Preserve Join Ojai Valley Land Conservancy docent and California Naturalist Stuart Niebel as leads a walk on the Ojai Meadows Preserve teaching about all the brilliant wildflowers that are in bloom. Stuart received his California Naturalist certificate in mid-December through the Santa Barbara […]

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All About Ojai: History of Agriculture in Ventura County

By on March 11, 2015 in Events with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: History of Agriculture in Ventura County

ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series Saturday, April 11, 2015  10 AM – 12 PM OVLC Office – 370 W. Baldwin Road – Bldg. A4 John Krist, Farm Bureau of Ventura County “Living Legacy” – The Story of Ventura County Agriculture   In this chapter of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s All About Ojai Series, John Krist will be […]

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Ojai Valley Grange Revival Celebration

By on March 13, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Ojai Valley Grange Revival Celebration

Saturday, March 21 – 5:30 PM Ojai Grange Hall 381 Cruzero Ojai, CA 93023 Join the OVLC at the Ojai Grange Revival Celebration. We will have a table there along with other Ojai non-profits. Guest speakers Severine Fleming and Harvey Smith begin at 5:30. Scratch Food Truck will provide food and the contra dance begins at […]

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Jane Shanahan at Ojai Community Bank

By on January 31, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Jane Shanahan at Ojai Community Bank

Ojai Artist in the Lobby at Ojai Community Bank – Jane Shanahan February 9th – March 27th Artist’s Reception Wednesday, March 18 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. A portion of all proceeds from this show will be donated to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy.   Jane was born in Manhattan Beach, California. While watching her mother paint […]

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Dreaming of a White Ceanothus

By on February 7, 2015 in Notes from the Nursery Manager with 0 Comments
Dreaming of a White Ceanothus

Stand anywhere in the Ojai Valley and look up and to your north or west. Well, not anywhere, this won’t work from your guest bathroom, I mean outside. Notice the white patchwork covering our beloved hillsides? Now get thee to thy nearest trailhead and take a deep breath. No, not the horse manure, try a […]

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Ventura River Clean-Up Event

By on February 7, 2015 in Events with 0 Comments
Ventura River Clean-Up Event

Presidents Day Monday, February 16, 2015   9 AM – 1 PM The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy in partnership with Euterpe Farms will be hosting a Ventura River Preserve cleanup on President’s Day, Monday, February 16th, from 9 a.m. till 1p.m. The event will stage from the Farm to clean up a large amount of trash […]

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Volunteers Needed for a Native Grass Planting

By on January 13, 2015 in Events with 0 Comments
Volunteers Needed for a Native Grass Planting

Calling all volunteers! On the Saturday January 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., OVLC Restoration Program Manager Jill Taylor, and Nursery Manager Ron Singer, are having a native grass plug planting event at the Ojai Meadows Preserve as part of the ongoing restoration efforts. Volunteers are needed to help restore native grasses at the […]

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Cluff Vista Park Planting Day

By on January 13, 2015 in Events with 0 Comments
Cluff Vista Park Planting Day

Saturday, January 24 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cluff Vista Park As part of an ongoing partnership with the City of Ojai and the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, an opportunity is coming up for people to help spruce up Cluff Vista Park, a unique native plants park in downtown Ojai. We will be weeding, planting, […]

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Fowl Weather Friends

Fowl Weather Friends

The Ojai Meadow Preserve is a veritable cornucopia of ecological systems, one of the most popular and dramatic being the wetlands.  Storm runoff which used to pour down the hills and flood Highway 33 is now caught in a nearly year-round pond and two vernal pools.  The pools aren’t filling yet but the pond only […]

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The Hardly Definitive Guide to the VRP Trail System Part 1

The Hardly Definitive Guide to the VRP Trail System Part 1

I’m not going to mince words here, or try to shoehorn a 68 point Scrabble word, the Ventura River Preserve is awesome.  I am a wee bit biased;  I live within 0.75, 1.5 and 2.25 miles from the three trailheads (I can hit the McDonalds with a 3 iron!)  I receive a regular income from […]

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Rick Bisaccia Named Stewardship Director

By on December 18, 2014 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Press with 0 Comments
Rick Bisaccia Named Stewardship Director

In recognition of the importance of land management to the preserves managed by the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC), the OVLC has created the new senior-level position of Stewardship Director. The Stewardship Director oversees all preserve management activity and develops projects that improve the quality of outdoor experiences enjoyed by our preserve visitors. The OVLC […]

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The Psychospiritual Necessity of Wild Places

By on November 25, 2014 in All About Ojai, Events with 0 Comments
The Psychospiritual Necessity of Wild Places

All About Ojai: The Psychospiritual Necessity of Wild Places with Brian Stafford, MD, MPH Founder of Eco-Psyche-Artistry and Wilderness Is Medicine Friday, January 16 OVLC Office 370 W Baldwin Road, Bldg. A4 7:00 – 8:30 pm Participants should bring their imagination. Saturday, January 17 Riverview Trailhead at the Ventura River Preserve 9:00 – 11:00 am Participants should wear […]

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Winter Bird Walk

By on November 21, 2014 in Events with 0 Comments
Winter Bird Walk

Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30 am Ojai Meadows Preserve Join Jesse Grantham for a birding tour of the Ojai Meadows Preserve on Saturday morning December 6, at 8:30 AM. This is winter migration time so you will have a chance to learn about bird species who make their home here in the winter and those […]

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