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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.
Trail or “game” cameras allow you to take wildlife photos in remote, wild areas or your backyard 24/7 while you are at home relaxing. Learn how trail cameras can help residents, planners, and land managers reduce conflicts with urban wildlife.
Saturday March 26, 2016 at 8:30 am
Ojai Meadows Preserve
With John Pavelko
Join OVLC docent and Audubon member John Pavelko for a birding tour of the Ojai Meadows Preserve. This free event is being held in partnership with the Ventura Audubon Society. Prior to the event representatives of both organizations will be introduced and a short history of the OVLC and Meadow will be presented.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 9:00-5:00 Huntington Library in San Marino The University of California and The Huntington invite you to the Urban and Wildland Forests: Tree Pests and Disease Workshop. This workshop will provide tree care professionals, land managers, and other stakeholders whose work involves urban and wildland trees current information on common and non-native insect pests […]
Guided Nature Hike
Saturday February 20th, 2016.
Time and Location: 9 a.m. at Luci’s Trailhead
The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) and Aqua-Flo are hosting a guided hike on Saturday February 20th, 2016.
Each year the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy hosts thousands of nature enthusiasts including hikers, equestrians, school children and community groups on its preserves. Whether a visitor, newcomer or longtime resident this is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the day with other nature lovers.
Together, we can help reduce the spread of this invasive borer and protect our native trees and beloved oaks. 1. Please do not to import firewood or mulch from outside the Valley. 2. Mulch (as finely as possible) any downed wood on your property and leave it there. 3. Wrap firewood in clear plastic sheeting and leave […]
Saturday November 21, 2015
8:00 – 11:00 AM
The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) is hosting a guided hike at the Ventura River Preserve on Saturday November 21, at 8:00 AM. The hike will focus on current OVLC restoration projects and the birds and plants that call the preserve home. Led by OVLC docent and Certified California Naturalist John Pavelko with special guest guide Art Vander, resident plant expert.
Saturday December 12, 2015
Ojai Meadows Preserve
With Jesse Grantham
Join Jesse Grantham for a birding tour of the Ojai Meadows Preserve on Saturday morning December 12, 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 who just stop by for a rest on their way somewhere else.
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 […]
In celebration of 2015 National Trails Day the OVLC led hikes for the public in each of the preserves. It was a day of beautiful views, exciting wildlife sightings, and all together good times. To get a feel of what National Trails Day was like on the OVLC lead hikes, watch this video of the Ilvento Preserve […]
Update 7/79/15: Thank you to Jenny Fitzgerald who gave a fantastic talk about mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains a few weeks ago for our All About Ojai series. For those of you that wanted more information on the Liberty Canyon puma crossing project, here is a short film about it: ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental […]
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 […]
Saturday, July 4th, 2015 (Independence Day) Ojai Meadows Preserve is closed to the public.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Native American Heritage Commission will hold a public meeting on Monday December 1, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. The meeting will be held in the conference room at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, 370 W. Baldwin Road, Bldg A4 Ojai CA.
The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Annual Member Celebration at the Ventura River Steelhead Preserve was a great success! Over 250 members were in attendance. A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who worked so hard helping us the day of the event, to all the businesses who donated our fantastic raffle items, Blue Suede […]
April 19, 2014 Oak Grove School 220 West Lomita Ojai, California Ojai’s Official Earth Day Event In celebration of sustainable living, global awareness, and the joy of nature Food for Thought, Oak Grove School, Ojai Valley Green Coalition, Ojai Land Conservancy, and Once Upon a Watershed are teaming up again to host this once-a-year community […]
At the end of September, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s 10 year easement that allows us to maintain the Ventura River Preserve’s Riverview Trailhead will expire. Many people probably don’t realize that the Riverview Trailhead on Rice Road does not sit on Ojai Valley Land Conservancy property. This land and about forty acres immediately below […]
Please join the Channel Islands Tracking Team for a full-day track and sign class on Saturday, March 15th at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ventura River Preserve. The class will be taught by Barry Martin of the Western Tracking Institute. We will meet at the Old Baldwin Road trailhead at 8:30 am (directions below) and spend most of […]
ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series Saturday March 8, 2014 10 AM to 12PM Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Avenue UCSB Geology Professor Ed Keller Geology of the Ojai Valley And the river that runs through it Register Here The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is hosting Professor Edward Keller for a presentation on the Geology of […]
THIS EVENT IS FULL-NO ROOM AT THE TALK OR HIKE-All About Ojai- 2 Day Program: Saturday, Feb 8:Jan Timbrook- Chumash Ethnobotany Sunday February 9- Lanny Kaufer Native Plant Walk at Valley View Preserve
ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series CHUMASH ETHNOBOTANY Plant Knowledge Among the Chumash People of Southern California Part I SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th 10 AM- 12 PM JAN TIMBROOK OVLC Offices 370 W Baldwin Road, Bldg. A4 Part 2 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 9 AM-11 AM LANNY KAUFER VALLEY VIEW PRESERVE […]
THE HUMAN ECOSYSTEM: OUR DISCONNECTION FROM NATURE The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is opening its 2014 All About Ojai environmental learning series with an exploration of the human ecosystem by Dr. Lori Pye, PhD. The presentation will take place at 10 am Saturday January 11, 2014 at the OVLC offices, 370 Baldwin Road, Bldg. A4. […]
Bird walk and nature hike Saturday January 11, 2014 8:30 AM There is no better way to start 2014 than to get out and reconnect with nature. The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is hosting a bird walk and nature hike at the Ventura River Preserve on Saturday January 11h at 8:30 AM. The […]
Local Partnership Improves Stream Habitats in Ojai Usually, the sound of a chain saw coming from a local creek is cause for worry. Recently, however, this sound has been associated with habitat improvements for fish and wildlife. A partnership between the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, the California Conservation Corps, and the Concerned Resource and Environmental […]
Now when you go to the Ojai Meadows Preserve with your binoculars and field guide you will have a better understanding of the birds that you see. We welcome feedback on this checklist and will periodically update the list based on survey information. This particular draft was updated. Notice the small date on the front […]
Native Plant Sale The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will be opening the nursery on the Ojai Meadows Preserve for its twice yearly native plant sale. The sale will take place at the OVLC nursery Saturday October 5 from 9 AM to 12 PM. The nursery is located on Besant Road on the left at the first curve in the […]
Please thank the sponsors below for helping the Ojai Valley stay beautiful and healthy by patronizing their places of business when possible. If you would like information on becoming a business sponsor click 2013 OVLC Business Sponsorships Levels. You can become a member online today. For questions or to become a member over the phone call Darcy Gamble […]
www.venturawatershed.org For everything related to the Ventura River watershed please go to the website above or contact Lorraine Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also call OVLC at 805 649 6852 to ask for Lorraine or select the extension of the Ventura River Watershed Coordinator.
Ojai Meadows Preserve Brochure – December 2010 Meadows Preserve Bird List – Updated October 2009