To Our Ojai Community:

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we recover from the damage from the Thomas Fire on our trails. In the coming months trails will likely open and close depending on rain and changing trail conditions. Click here for current information and trail notifications »

Xena Grossman

Fall Native Plant Sale

By on July 26, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Fall Native Plant Sale

Fall Native Plant Sale
October 27, 9 am–12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery on Besant Road

Read More »

Mountainfilm on Tour 2018

By on June 1, 2018 in Events with 2 Comments
Mountainfilm on Tour 2018

Under the stars at Ojai Valley School
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Tickets on sale now!

Read More »

MOB SHOP MOVIE NIGHT

By on June 8, 2018 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
MOB SHOP MOVIE NIGHT

MOB SHOP Movie Night
Saturday, August 11
Doors open at 7:30 pm, Films start at 8:15 pm

Read More »

Community Volunteers

By on May 30, 2018 in All About Ojai, News with 0 Comments
Community Volunteers

The OVLC works to steward the land of the Ojai Valley for the benefit of the community, so when the community shows up to volunteer as stewards themselves, we feel even more inspired in our mission. Since the Thomas Fire, there has been a marked increase in community engagement with the OVLC on the preserves. […]

Read More »

Recovery and Renewal

By on May 30, 2018 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Recovery and Renewal

Recovery and Renewal
The recovery of our mountains has been a wonder to witness. We present the top ten wildflowers and shrubs/trees post Thomas Fire.

Read More »

Arundo removal

By on May 18, 2018 in News
Arundo removal

For over a decade, multiple agencies and organizations have been working to remove the invasive plant, Arundo donax (Arundo), from waterways throughout the Ventura River Watershed and all through the state of California. Since this work began, over 150 acres of the plant have been removed in the Ventura River Watershed. This work continues in […]

Read More »

Tags:

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

By on May 20, 2018 in Events with 0 Comments
Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

Rattlesnake Avoidance for Dogs
July 7, 8 am–5 pm
Registration required

Read More »

Pints with Purpose

By on April 11, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Pints with Purpose

Pints With Purpose at Topa Topa Brewing Co.
All Plants are Not Created Equal
June 11, 7:30–8:30 pm 

Read More »

Fire Walk With Us

By on April 3, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Fire Walk With Us

Fire Walk With Us–A Fire Ecology Workshop with Richard Halsey & Lanny Kaufer
May 5, 9 am – 3 pm
Co-hosted by the OVLC

Read More »

Backwoods Bazaar

By on April 10, 2018 in Events with 0 Comments
Backwoods Bazaar

Backwoods Bazaar
OVLC Fundraiser
May 6, 11 am – 5 pm

Read More »

Natives for Your Garden

By on February 27, 2018 in Events with 0 Comments
Natives for Your Garden

Natives for Your Garden
Talk by Ron Singer
At Flora Gardens
CORRECTED DATE: April 14 at 10 am

Read More »

Run for the Hills

By on March 28, 2018 in Events, News with 1 Comment
Run for the Hills

Run for the Hills – a benefit for the OVLC
April 15, 9 am – 1 pm
5K run organized by the Green School Collective

Read More »

Fire in Our Region

By on April 10, 2018 in Around Our Valley with 0 Comments
Fire in Our Region

This is a great article from Los Padres ForestWatch

Read More »

Free Guided Bird & Nature Walk

By on February 26, 2018 in Events, News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
Free Guided Bird & Nature Walk

Free Guided Bird & Nature Walk
Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 am
Ojai Meadows Preserve

Read More »

Community Forum on Trails

By on March 28, 2018 in Events with 0 Comments
Community Forum on Trails

Community Forums on Trails
April 5, 7 – 8:30 pm & April 10, 6:30 – 8 pm
We want to hear from you!

Read More »

Life after the Thomas Fire

By on February 26, 2018 in Around Our Valley, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Life after the Thomas Fire

Letter from Executive Director Brian Stark
It’s been a busy two months since the Thomas Fire burned through four of our preserves…

Read More »

Restoration After the Thomas Fire

By on February 27, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Restoration After the Thomas Fire

The native vegetation that covered the preserves before the Thomas Fire is adapted to fire—meaning many of the plants will grow back. We are already seeing shoots emerge from the base of laurel sumac, yucca, wild cucumber, and soap plant; oak trees that lost their leaves have already begun to leaf out and are now […]

Read More »

Jill Lashly Promoted to Conservation Director

By on February 27, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Jill Lashly Promoted to Conservation Director

Jill Lashly Promoted to Conservation Director
Jill Lashly has worked at the OVLC for three years as our Restoration Program Manager—promoting habitat restoration and conservation in the Ojai Valley…

Read More »

Celebrating a Life

By on March 20, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Celebrating a Life

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy lost a dear friend, dedicated volunteer, and conservation champion with the passing of Allan Jacobs on October 8. Allan led a life dedicated to helping others, including an extended tour with the Peace Corps in Bolivia, decades as an estate attorney, and his involvement with the Rotary Club of Ojai […]

Read More »

Leaving a Legacy

By on February 27, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Leaving a Legacy

Jerry Gale Jones, esteemed Portland businessman, philanthropist, spiritual seeker and meditation teacher, peacefully passed away on December 29, 2016, at his home in Ojai, California.

Read More »

Matilija Dam Update

By on February 26, 2018 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
Matilija Dam Update

Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project
Presented by Paul Jenkin
March 10 at 10 am – OVLC office

Read More »

Herb Walk – After the Fire

By on February 12, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Herb Walk – After the Fire

HERB WALK with Lanny Kaufer
After the Fire: Making Our Landscapes More Resilient
February 17, 10 am – 3pm

Read More »

Volunteers clean melted irrigation pipe and plant hundreds of acorns

Volunteers clean melted irrigation pipe and plant hundreds of acorns

Last week, with the help of OVLC volunteers and students from the Thacher School, the OVLC cleared 27 acres of melted irrigation pipe and planted hundreds of acorns to replace the thousands of young oak trees that burned in the restoration area along Rice Creek. Katherine Holden, OVLC member and volunteer, was inspired to write […]

Read More »

Jes MaHarry Trunk Show

By on November 17, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Jes MaHarry Trunk Show

Jes MaHarry Trunk Show – OVLC benefit
Saturday, December 2, 11 am – 5 pm
Jes MaHarry Flagship Store, Downtown Ojai

Read More »

Winter Migration Bird Walk

Winter Migration Bird Walk

Winter Migration Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham
December 2, 8:30 – 10:30 am
Ojai Meadows Presreve

Read More »

Charged – The Eduardo Garcia Story

By on October 23, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Charged – The Eduardo Garcia Story

Charged – The Eduardo Garcia Story
Film followed by panel discussion
November 5, 4 – 6:30 pm, Ojai Art Center

Read More »

Tales on Trails

By on October 23, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Tales on Trails

Tales on Trails presented by the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
November 8, 6:30 – 8 pm
REI Oxnard

Read More »

2017 Mountainfilm Festival was epic!

By on October 20, 2017 in Featured, News with 0 Comments
2017 Mountainfilm Festival was epic!

Wow – what a night! Thank you to the 1,500+ people that came out to our Mountainfilm on Tour event September 23 and made our event such a success!

Read More »

Fall Native Plant Sale

Fall Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale
November 4, 9 am – 12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery

Read More »

A Fond Farewell

By on August 10, 2017 in News with 0 Comments
A Fond Farewell

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy bids a fond farewell to Stewardship Director Rick Bisaccia. He has chosen to leave the conservancy and return to his successful contracting and building business, and we wish him great success. In his nearly 10-years as the OVLC’s Preserve Manager and Stewardship Director, Rick has defined what preserve management means […]

Read More »

International Ocean Film Tour!

By on July 18, 2017 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
International Ocean Film Tour!

International Ocean Film Tour
Saturday, August 26
Chasing Coral: 3 pm Ojai Arts Center
Series of 7 short films: 7 pm MOB SHOP

Read More »

Rattlesnake Avoidance

By on June 14, 2017 in Events with 6 Comments
Rattlesnake Avoidance

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs Clinic
2017 Event is over

Read More »

San Antonio Creek Update

By on May 15, 2017 in Around Our Valley, News with 0 Comments
San Antonio Creek Update

Since the fall of 2016, the OVLC has been removing arundo from San Antonio Creek along Creek Road. Arundo, which is native to the Indian sub-continent and looks similar to bamboo, has infested watersheds throughout southern California, including the Ventura River Watershed. Arundo crowds out plants that are native to our creeks and consumes a lot of water—see below. It also creates a major fire threat, increases flood risks, and deprives habitat for wildlife.

Read More »

Bird Walk Checklist

Bird Walk Checklist

We had a fabulous bird walk at the Ojai Meadows Preserve on Saturday, May 13, 2017 with Jesse Grantham. We saw 38 different species of birds!

Read More »

Conservation in a Changing Climate

By on May 15, 2017 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Conservation in a Changing Climate

Most people agree that climate change is the defining environmental issue of our time. And as a result, OVLC’s mission in the Ojai Valley is more important than ever.

Read More »

MEMORIAL DAY NATURE HIKE

MEMORIAL DAY NATURE HIKE

Memorial Day Nature Hike
Led by Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer
Monday, May 29 9 am – 3 pm

Read More »

Change in a Land of Extremes

By on May 10, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Change in a Land of Extremes

Change in a Land of Extremes
What we know (and don’t know) about California’s climate future
May 20, 20 3 – 5 pm

Read More »

Adopt-A-Trail

By on April 14, 2017 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News with 0 Comments
Adopt-A-Trail

Two of Ojai’s favorite trails and trailheads will now be getting the love they deserve. The OVLC recently adopted the Pratt Trailhead and the Pratt Trail up to the Foothill Trail, and the Gridley Trailhead and the Gridley Trail up to Fuelbreak Road Trail. This is in addition to previously adopted sections of the Foothill […]

Read More »

American Wigeons

By on March 20, 2017 in News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
American Wigeons

American wigeons
Video and Article by David Lee

Read More »

Spring Native Plant Sale

Spring Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale
April 22, 9 am – 12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery

Read More »

Free Guided Hike with Perry Van Houten

By on January 23, 2017 in Events, Valley View Preserve with 0 Comments
Free Guided Hike with Perry Van Houten

Free Guided Hike with Perry Van Houten
New Time: Saturday March 18
8:30 – 10:30 am
Valley View Preserve

Read More »

WAO Partner Profile: Erik Wilde

By on February 2, 2017 in Featured, Wild About Ojai with 0 Comments
WAO Partner Profile: Erik Wilde

Erik Wilde, Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe, Ojai
Profile by OVLC member, Lisa Aronson

Read More »

Our volunteers have been busy!

By on February 3, 2017 in News, Volunteers with 0 Comments
Our volunteers have been busy!

Ojai Valley Land Conservancy volunteers have been busy! Here are a few of the projects they have been working on recently.

Read More »

Bird and Nature Walk

By on December 6, 2016 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Bird and Nature Walk

Free bird and nature hike with John Pavelko
Saturday January 28, 2017
8 – 10 am
Oso Trailhead, Ventura River Preserve

Read More »

Effort underway to reopen Ocean View hiking trail

By on January 17, 2017 in Around Our Valley, News with 0 Comments
Effort underway to reopen Ocean View hiking trail

Work has begun to reopen a historic hiking trail built by Ojai forest rangers more than 100 years ago. The six-mile Ocean View Trail (OVT) offers views of the backcountry, and, as its name implies, far-reaching vistas of the Santa Barbara Channel.

Read More »

Luminous Landscapes: An OVLC Benefit

By on January 20, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments
Luminous Landscapes: An OVLC Benefit

Luminous Landscapes: An OVLC Benefit
15% of sales at reception will be donated to the OVLC
Reception: Wednesday, February 15 from 5:30 – 7 pm

Read More »

Wildlife Camera Tracking Workshop

By on November 18, 2016 in All About Ojai, Events with 0 Comments
Wildlife Camera Tracking Workshop

Join Ventura wildlife biologist David Lee for a introductory workshop on using trail cameras (January 14, 2017). Topics will include how to select the right camera, camera operation and settings, where to place your camera for best results, viewing results, and how to share findings with local wildlife biologists.

Read More »

Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham

Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham

Join Jesse Grantham for a birding tour of the Ojai Meadows Preserve on Saturday morning December 3, at 8:30 am. This is winter migration time so you will learn about bird species who make their home here in the winter and those who just stop by for a rest on their way somewhere else.

Read More »

Drought Tolerant Native Plant Walk in Honor of Tomas Bostrom

By on October 26, 2016 in Events with 0 Comments
Drought Tolerant Native Plant Walk in Honor of Tomas Bostrom

Drought tolerant native plant walk in honor of renowned Ojai landscape architect Tomas Bostrom: Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Cluff Vista Park in downtown Ojai. All proceeds will go toward any outstanding medical or memorial expenses.

Read More »

Fall Native Plant Sale

Fall Native Plant Sale

October 22, 2016, 9 am – 12 pm: 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.

Read More »

Top