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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 »

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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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Holiday Show Benefit with Firestick Pottery

By on November 19, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Holiday Show Benefit with Firestick Pottery

Holiday Show Benefit with Firestick Pottery
December 22 & 23. 10am–5pm
1804 E Ojai Ave

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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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2019 California Naturalist Course

By on December 3, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
2019 California Naturalist Course

California Naturalist Program
February 1–March 9
OVLC Office/Field Trips

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Women’s Adventure Film Tour

By on December 13, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Women’s Adventure Film Tour

Save The Date
March 9
Ojai, California

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Native Plants for your Garden

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

Native Plants for Your Garden
Sunday, October 21. 11 am.
Flora Gardens

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Marti’s Farewell Party!

By on October 24, 2018 in Events, News with 2 Comments
Marti’s Farewell Party!

Marti’s Farewell Party
Friday, December 14, 4–7 pm.
Topa Mountain Winery

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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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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

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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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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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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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Stewardship Director Annual Hike & Picnic

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

Stewardship Director Hike & Picnic
April 28, 8:30 am- 1 pm
Reservations required

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Spring Birdwalk with Jesse Grantham

By on April 11, 2018 in Events, News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
Spring Birdwalk with Jesse Grantham

Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham
May 5, 8:30 – 10:30 am
Ojai Meadows 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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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

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All About Ojai – Tales of the Condor

By on January 22, 2018 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
All About Ojai – Tales of the Condor

Tales of the Condor
Presented by Debbi Parisi and Jill Forman
February 10 at 10 am, OVLC office

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California Naturalist Certification

By on December 11, 2017 in Events, News with 2 Comments
California Naturalist Certification

California Naturalist Certification Course: April 13 – May 19, 2018

If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science, and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you! The 40 hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of Ventura County.

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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.

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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 […]

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Julie Tumamait-Chumash History, Culture and Plant Knowledge

By on December 4, 2017 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
Julie Tumamait-Chumash History, Culture and Plant Knowledge

Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:00 AM
OVLC Office
370 W. Baldwin Road Bldg. A4

All About Ojai: Julie Tumamait
The History, Culture and Plant Knowledge of the Chumash People

The Chumash were Ojai’s first inhabitants, living here for thousands of years before European explorers arrived. The livelihood of the Chumash people was based upon their subsistence upon the available natural resources – plants, animals, and fish, and their sustainable ways of utilizing these resources. They found use for almost every type of plant and animal available – for food, clothing, medicine and tools. Their environment inspired their art, their beliefs, their stories, ceremonies and songs.

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A very special native plant Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

By on December 4, 2017 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
A very special native plant Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

All About Ojai:
Sunday, January 21, 2018
9:30 AM -12 PM
Native Plant Guide Lanny Kaufer
Herb Walk at the Ventura River Preserve
Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer has been leading “Herb Walks” in Ojai and the surrounding area for over 40 years.  Lanny has been a strong supporter of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) for many years.  Once a year he generously offers to lead a hike as part of our All About Ojai environmental learning series.  This year he will lead a Native Plant walk on the Ventura River Preserve as a follow up to Julie Tumamait’s Chumash talk the day before.

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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

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California Naturalist Certification

By on November 15, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
California Naturalist Certification

California Naturalist Program Open House
December 9, 2:00-3:00 pm
OVLC Office 370 W. Baldwin Road, Bldg. A4

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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

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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

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