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OVLC Trail 101

By on February 5, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Events, News with 0 Comments
OVLC Trail 101

Do you want to hike in the Ojai Valley but aren’t quite sure where to start? Try Trail 101! These are guided hikes on our preserves with trained docents. Not only will you get to explore OVLC trails, you’ll also learn about the plants, wildlife, and history of the preserve.   These are free events. […]

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All About Ojai: Springtime Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham

By on April 8, 2019 in Events, News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: Springtime Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham

All About Ojai: Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham
Saturday, May 11
8:30–10:30 am
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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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 2, 8 am–4 pm
Registration required

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All About Ojai: Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

By on December 4, 2017 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

All About Ojai: Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer
Saturday, April 13
9:30 am—12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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Native Plant Sale

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

Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 13. 9 am–12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery on Besant Road

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Native Plants for your Garden with OVLC Nursery Manager

By on October 17, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Native Plants for your Garden with OVLC Nursery Manager

Native Plants for Your Garden
Sunday, April 7
11 am–12 pm
Flora Gardens

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Hike and Picnic with OVLC Stewardship Director

By on March 30, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Hike and Picnic with OVLC Stewardship Director

Stewardship Director Hike & Picnic
Saturday, March 30
8:30 am- 1 pm
Ventura River Preserve

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Green Beers!

By on March 5, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Events, News with 0 Comments
Green Beers!

Green Beers with Topa Topa Brewing Co & California Solar Electric
Monday, March 18. 5:30-7 pm
Topa Topa Ojai

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Women In the Wild Events

By on December 13, 2018 in Events, News with 2 Comments
Women In the Wild Events

Women in the Wild Weekend
March 9
Ojai, California

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All About Ojai: The Buzz About Bees

By on December 20, 2018 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: The Buzz About Bees

All About Ojai: The Buzz About Bees
Saturday, February 16. 1–3pm
OVLC Office

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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 […]

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2019 California Naturalist Course

By on December 3, 2018 in Events, News with 3 Comments
2019 California Naturalist Course

Registration is FULL
Join the Waitlist

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Save The Planet, Wear Sustainable with Toad&Co and Topa Topa Brewing Co

By on January 7, 2019 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Save The Planet, Wear Sustainable with Toad&Co and Topa Topa Brewing Co

Save the Planet, Wear Sustainable with Toad&Co and Topa Topa Brewing Co
Tuesday, January 22. 5:30–9 pm
Topa Topa. 345 E Ojai Ave.

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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 […]

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Allan Jacobs Trail Update

Allan Jacobs Trail Update

The progress continues on building the newest OVLC trail in the Ventura River Preserve. As of October, we’ve had 108 people, both volunteers and staff, working on the Allan Jacobs Trail. So far we have created 791 feet of trail! This averages out to about 1.94 feet of trail built per person per hour. Why […]

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All About Ojai: The Bear Essentials

By on December 11, 2018 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: The Bear Essentials

All About Ojai: The Bear Essentials
January 12. 10 am.
OVLC Office

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Rare Plant Species Seed Cleaning

By on November 8, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Rare Plant Species Seed Cleaning

Rare Plant Seed Cleaning with the SBBG
December 3. 1–4 pm
OVLC Office

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Farewell Marti!

By on October 24, 2018 in News with 2 Comments
Farewell Marti!

Thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate Marti and her retirement! Photos by Stephen Adams. At the end of December, the OVLC will be bidding a fond farewell and happy retirement to our long-time office manager Marti Reid. Marti joined the OVLC in November 2009, as our part-time bookkeeper, and over time assumed […]

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Thank You

By on December 27, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Thank You

Together, We Are The OVLC from Ojai Valley Land Conservancy on Vimeo. Love the OVLC? Donate Today »

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New Signs on the Preserves

By on November 3, 2018 in Around Our Valley, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
New Signs on the Preserves

              When the Thomas Fire burned through the preserves, it cooked quite a few of our trail-junction signs and caused damage to some informational kiosks as well. The fiberglass on the trail signs warped, melted, and became a hazard to clean up. We have cleared most of the old, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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Annual Turkey Trot Hosted by the Ojai Valley Inn

By on November 5, 2018 in Around Our Valley, Events, News with 0 Comments
Annual Turkey Trot Hosted by the Ojai Valley Inn

Turkey Trot Fun Run
November 23. 8am.
Ojai Valley Inn

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Nathan Wickstrum Art Show

By on September 12, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Nathan Wickstrum Art Show

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s very own Field Crew Supervisor is having a photography show this Sunday! So many of the photos on our newsletters, website, and social media are Nathan Wickstrum’s beautiful work. Grab a cup of coffee and appreciate this talented local artist! Photos will be for sale at the event.  Sunday, September […]

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Geology Presentation and Hike

By on September 14, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Geology Presentation and Hike

Geology of the Ojai Valley
November 10, 9 am – 1 pm
OVLC Building and Ventura River Preserve

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California Naturalist Open House

By on October 3, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
California Naturalist Open House

California Naturalist Open House
Saturday, December 1. 2–3 pm.
OVLC Office

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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. […]

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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.

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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 

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Free Guided Hike in Wills Canyon

By on April 23, 2018 in Events, News, Ventura River Preserve with 0 Comments
Free Guided Hike in Wills Canyon

Guided Nature Hike
May 26, 9 am–1 pm
Wills Canyon, Ventura River Preserve

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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

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Mountainfilm Sponsors

By on July 20, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Mountainfilm Sponsors

We have great benefits this year for our Mountainfilm weekend sponsors. Is your business interested in our sponsorship recognition opportunities? Download our Sponsor Levels packet here or sign up below. Thank you to our sponsors. You help make this event bigger and better every year! Interested in being an event sponsor? Or donating to the […]

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Gourmet Picnic Bags

By on July 19, 2018 in News with 6 Comments
Gourmet Picnic Bags

Gourmet Picnic Bags are no longer for sale. Order early next year! Order a gourmet picnic for 2 or 4 to pick it up at the event Saturday night! The picnic will include your choice of: omnivore vegetarian vegan any picnic can be made with gluten-free products We have gathered together local organic farmers, bakers, […]

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Spring Native Plant Sale

By on March 28, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Spring Native Plant Sale

Spring Native Plant Sale
April 21, 9 am – 12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery on Besant Road

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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

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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

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Free Guided Wildflower Walk

By on March 28, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Free Guided Wildflower Walk

Free Guided Wildflower Walk
April 7, 12–1:30 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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Free Guided Nature Hike

By on March 28, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Free Guided Nature Hike

Free Guided Nature Hike
April 14, 9–11 am
Valley View Preserve

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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…

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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 […]

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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…

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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 […]

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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.

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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

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