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 »

Featured

Use Featured for “sticky” posts on home page

Please Welcome Our New Executive Director!

By on September 5, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Please Welcome Our New Executive Director!

The staff and Board of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) are excited to introduce Tom Maloney as our new Executive Director. His background in Economics and Resources Management and Administration, along with 25 years of conservation experience, make him the ideal candidate to lead the OVLC. “We are fortunate that Tom will be joining […]

Read More »

Mountainfilm on Tour 2019

By on June 1, 2018 in Events, Featured, News, Newsletter with 2 Comments
Mountainfilm on Tour 2019

Thank you for coming to Mountainfilm!

Save the date: Mountainfilm 2020 September 18 & 19.

Read More »

Under the Open Sky 2019

Under the Open Sky 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019

Ventura River Steelhead Preserve

Tickets on sale now!

Read More »

MOB SHOP MOVIE NIGHT 2019

By on July 25, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments
MOB SHOP MOVIE NIGHT 2019

MOB SHOP Movie Night
Saturday, August 31
Doors open at 7:00 pm, Films start at 7:30 pm

Read More »

Member Celebration

Member Celebration

Member Celebration
June 22 from 5-8 pm
Ventura River Steelhead Preserve

Read More »

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

By on April 9, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments
Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

Rattlesnake Avoidance for Dogs
June 1 & 2, 8 am–4 pm
SOLD OUT!

Read More »

Tania Parker Named Deputy Director of the OVLC

By on May 6, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News with 0 Comments
Tania Parker Named Deputy Director of the OVLC

In recognition of her critical role in the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s growth and success, the OVLC has named Tania Parker as Deputy Director. Tania Parker has been with the OVLC for over 5 years, and in that time she’s made a sizable impact on our fundraising and community outreach programs, including doubling our membership […]

Read More »

From the Field

From the Field

It has been another busy season for the field crew! This three-person team installed a recording breaking number of plants this season. While the final count has yet to be tallied, the number is in the thousands. The primary focus for restoration this season was the 36-acre orange grove project on the Ventura River Preserve […]

Read More »

We are your local land trust, and we want to hear from you!

We are your local land trust, and we want to hear from you!

Brendan Taylor, OVLC Stewardship Director, is in the process of creating a 5-year plan for the stewardship of the preserves. We recently sat down with him to learn more about this plan, and why feedback from the community is so important. Q: Why are you embarking on a 5-year plan for the preserves? A: A […]

Read More »

Kathy’s Commitment

By on May 16, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Kathy’s Commitment

Kathy Bennett loves to look out her window at the mountains that the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) has protected forever. She is “paralyzed by the beauty of it all,” and has included the OVLC in her estate planning because “she wants to make sure that it is there for future generations.” While Kathy loves […]

Read More »

Full Moon Hike

By on May 2, 2019 in All About Ojai, Events, Featured, News with 2 Comments
Full Moon Hike

Full Moon Hike
Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm
Valley View Preserve

Read More »

Congratulations, Xena!

Congratulations, Xena!

As the weather gets warmer, Xena wants to remind everyone that the ground can get very hot for paws. She recommends getting out on the trail early in the morning or in the evening, or investing in some shoes for your furry friends. Otherwise, you might end up carrying them on the trail. Photo: Xena […]

Read More »

Tags:

Thank you and we wish you the best, Natalie!

Thank you and we wish you the best, Natalie!

For the last two years, the OVLC has had the honor of counting Natalie Everton as a member of the field crew. While she will be leaving the OVLC to start her next adventure, she has certainly left her mark on the preserves. We will truly miss this wonderful woman, from her wealth of knowledge […]

Read More »

Community Survey

By on May 9, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Create your own user feedback survey

Read More »

Benefit Concert

Benefit Concert

Benefit Concert with Grammy Winning Artist: Peter Kater
Friday, May 17 at 7 pm
Private Address

Read More »

Planting on the Preserves

By on February 25, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Planting on the Preserves

A huge thank you to Ojai West and International Rotary for the donation of 100 5-gallon coast live oaks that are being planted at the Ventura River Preserve. The oak circle in the photo, and many others, were re-planted in December a year after burning in the Thomas Fire. In addition, 35 OVLC supporters grew […]

Read More »

In Defense of the Trees

By on February 25, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
In Defense of the Trees

Invasive Beetle in Ojai What do beautiful communities, rich wildlife habitats, parks, bird nests, our global climate, and tire swings all have in common? They all depend on trees, a notable symbol representing a healthy environment. Much of the conservation and restoration work undertaken by the OVLC has revolved around the planting and protection of […]

Read More »

Restoration at Work

By on February 25, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Restoration at Work

Some history of the Ojai Meadows Preserve At a quick glance, it is obvious that the Ojai Meadows Preserve is doing what it’s meant to—connecting people to the natural world. However, unless you remember the way Highway 33 used to flood during a rainstorm, you may not realize the important role the preserve plays in […]

Read More »

Thank You, Volunteers!

By on February 25, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Thank You, Volunteers!

In the field, in the office, at events, and wherever else we need help—our amazing volunteers put in 4,214 hours last year! We are so grateful for every minute you take to help us conserve Ojai. You make it possible for us to do all that we do and we are excited for another year […]

Read More »

Protecting What He Loved

By on February 25, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Protecting What He Loved

Bequest from Peter Noone Peter Kinnoch Noone embodied the down-to-earth style of the outdoor industry and is credited with shaping the development of the outdoor retail store as a commercial force, customer refuge and the forefront for the protection of wilderness. He laid the foundation for his career by skiing, climbing and fly-fishing his way […]

Read More »

The Importance of Native Gardens

By on December 10, 2018 in Featured, News, Notes about Nature with 0 Comments
The Importance of Native Gardens

In a drought-ridden state like California, it’s so important to do everything that we can to preserve water and take care of wildlife. There are many ways to do this, but one you may not think about is growing native plants in your own yard. This video from Wild Yards Project speaks to all the amazing […]

Read More »

Property Donation Among Largest One-time Gifts to the OVLC

By on October 22, 2018 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News with 5 Comments
Property Donation Among Largest One-time Gifts to the OVLC

In August 2018, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy received one of its largest gifts ever with a donation of property in the City of Ojai. The property, appraised at $515,000, is an undeveloped one-acre parcel in an Ojai neighborhood that was donated with the intention that it be sold to generate funds to support local […]

Read More »

Fundraising Campaign with HELIO Solar Lights

By on October 18, 2018 in Featured, News, What's New with 0 Comments
Fundraising Campaign with HELIO Solar Lights

Get a great solar light and support the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy! HELIO is an ultra-efficient 100% Solar Flashlight, Lantern, and Powerbank all-in-one. This handy tool is great for camping, hiking, emergencies, charging your gear, and much more. HELIO is a true off-the-grid solution for portable light and power. Makers4Good is a proud sponsor of […]

Read More »

Fall Guided Bird and Nature Walk

Fall Guided Bird and Nature Walk

Guided Bird and Native Plant Walk
October 27, 8:30–10:30 am
Ojai Meadows Preserve

Read More »

New Stewardship Director

By on January 9, 2018 in Featured, News with 4 Comments
New Stewardship Director

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is excited to announce the arrival of our new Stewardship Director, Brendan Taylor.

Read More »

An idea for renewal

By on January 9, 2018 in Featured, Notes about Nature with 0 Comments
An idea for renewal

[a haiku]

The Great Burn surrounds.
A feral pause in the scorched.
Stillness in stirred ash.

Read More »

Tags: , ,

Mountainfilm Festival 2018 was the Best Year Yet!

By on October 2, 2018 in Featured, News with 0 Comments
Mountainfilm Festival 2018 was the Best Year Yet!

What a weekend! Our Friday event, Under the Open Sky was pure magic. Thank you to the 1,700+ people that came out to our Saturday event, Mountainfilm on Tour and made it such a success!

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 »

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 »

SPRING BIRD WALK WITH JESSE GRANTHAM

By on April 21, 2017 in Events, Featured, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
SPRING BIRD WALK WITH JESSE GRANTHAM

Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham

Ojai Meadows Preserve
May 13, 8:30 – 10:30 am

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 »

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.

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 »

2016 Mountainfilm Festival was a smashing success!

By on October 5, 2016 in Featured, News with 0 Comments
2016 Mountainfilm Festival was a smashing success!

Wow – what a night! Thank you to the 1,000+ people that came out to our Mountainfilm on Tour event September 23 and made our event such a success!

Read More »

WAO Partner Profile: Ojai Food Taxi

By on September 14, 2016 in Featured, Wild About Ojai with 0 Comments
WAO Partner Profile: Ojai Food Taxi

Wild About Ojai partner profile: Jessica and Loretta Altman-Pollack – owners of Ojai Food Taxi. Profile written by OVLC member, Lisa Aronson.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

WAO Partner Profile: Char Man

By on September 2, 2016 in Featured, News, Wild About Ojai with 0 Comments
WAO Partner Profile: Char Man

Wild About Ojai partner profile: Chris Sutton – owner of Char Man Brand. Profile written by OVLC member, Lisa Aronson

Read More »

The Buzz About Bees

By on June 8, 2016 in Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments
The Buzz About Bees

Please join us on July 30th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for an informative lecture by Dr. Ruben Alarcon: The Buzz About Bees – Conserving and Protecting Our Pollinators

Read More »

Winter Migration Bird Walk

By on November 10, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events, Featured with 0 Comments
Winter Migration Bird Walk

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 12at 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.

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

Mountainfilm on Tour – OVLC

By on July 27, 2015 in Events, Featured with 0 Comments
Mountainfilm on Tour – OVLC

A Fundraiser for the OVLC

Friday, September 25, 2015

Gates open at 5:00 pm – Film starts at 6:45 pm
At Ojai Valley School front Sports Field

Get ready for a night of fun and food, friends and family, adventure inspired shorts and an amazing feature film, Telluride Mountainfilm style. On September 25, 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.

Bring your blankets and low-back chairs and stake out your spot on the lawn. There will be live music, food trucks, and a beer garden provided by Topa Topa Brewing Company.

Read More »

All About Ojai: Watershed Film Screening

By on June 26, 2015 in All About Ojai, Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: Watershed Film Screening

ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series Saturday, July 11, 2015 10 am – 12 pm OVLC Office 370 W. Baldwin Rd. Ojai Bldg. A4 Film Presentation and Panel Discussion WATERSHED: Exploring a New Water Ethic for a New West On Saturday July 11 at 10 AM the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will be screening the film WATERSHED. Executive […]

Read More »

1% for Ojai Launches

By on October 31, 2014 in Featured, News, Press, What's New with 0 Comments
1% for Ojai Launches

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) manages approximately 2,000 acres for public use at a cost of $100,000 per year. Essential trail maintenance, preserve infrastructure repairs (such as fencing and signage), regular preserve patrols, and cleaning up graffiti are just some of the preserve management needs associated with this cost. And, with each new preserve […]

Read More »

Brian Stark Named OVLC Executive Director

By on October 17, 2014 in Featured, News with 0 Comments
Brian Stark Named OVLC Executive Director

Brian Stark has been named the new Executive Director of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. Formerly the land conservancy’s Conservation Operations Director, Stark is stepping up into the Executive Director role with the departure of Greg Gamble. Gamble has accepted a fundraising position at Stanford University and will be leaving Ojai near the end of […]

Read More »

Film Screening “DAMNATION”

By on July 1, 2014 in Events, Featured with 0 Comments
Film Screening “DAMNATION”

A Fundraiser for the OVLC Saturday, August 16 Doors open at 7:30 PM – Film Starts at Dusk @ the Mob Shop Beer & Munchies provided by the OBC   The Mob Shop 110 W. Ojai Avenue Ojai California 93023 www.themobshop.com            This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in […]

Read More »

All About Ojai: GREEN FIRE: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

By on June 17, 2014 in Events, Featured with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: GREEN FIRE: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

Saturday, July 19 10 AM At the Ojai Playhouse Register now On Saturday July 19 at 10:00 AM the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will host a screening of Green Fire, the first full-length, high definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold. The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of […]

Read More »

All About Ojai: History of Agriculture in Ventura County

By on May 14, 2014 in Events, Featured with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: History of Agriculture in Ventura County

ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 10:00 AM OVLC Office – 370 W. Baldwin Road – Bldg. A4 John Krist, Farm Bureau of Ventura County “Living Legacy” – The Story of Ventura County Agriculture Register Now » In this chapter of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s All About Ojai Series, John Krist will be presenting […]

Read More »

All About Ojai – Two Part Bird Series

By on May 7, 2014 in Events, Featured with 0 Comments
All About Ojai – Two Part Bird Series

May 9, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Slide Show at OVLC Offices May 10, 2014, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Ojai Meadows Preserve Bird Walk Friday Evening Photo Array – Allen Bertke from the Audubon Society Saturday Morning Jesse Grantham & Allen Bertke Bird Walk REGISTER NOW On Friday evening May 9th, Allen Bertke, Ventura Audubon […]

Read More »

Wills Canyon Birding and Nature Hike

By on April 11, 2014 in Events, Featured with 0 Comments
Wills Canyon Birding and Nature Hike

Saturday, April 26, 2014 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 Saturday April 26th at 8:30 AM. The hike will follow the Wills-Rice Loop trail and will be led by Peter Larramendy. You […]

Read More »

Top