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Celebrate National Trails Day

By on May 23, 2016 in All About Ojai, Around Our Valley, Events, News

National Trail Day Event Host


Free Guided Nature Hikes

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hikes start at 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. (see details below)

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) is proud to participate in the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® on Saturday June 4.  National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. In celebration of National Trails Day® OVLC is hosting free guided hikes and nature walks on three of our preserves.

The hikes will vary in degree of difficulty from easy to strenuous. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes and bring water, sun protection and a snack. For reservations and questions please contact Marti Reid at (805) 649-6852 ext 2 or

Ojai Meadows Preserve 8:00 a.m. Art Vander will lead a guided Nature Walk of the plants and animals at  the Ojai Meadows Preserve. Our National Trails Day hike on the flat Ojai Meadows Preserve will be a relaxed walk of about 1 hour, and will describe how a field of weeds was transformed into a beautiful and functioning wetland.  The preserve in on Highway 33 just north of Nordhof High School. Bring binoculars if you have them, as there is usually good birding in the preserve.

Ventura River Preserve 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Take a hike on the Ventura River Preserve  with Docents Perry VanHouten and Bettyanne Sessing, for  a fun and instructive morning with a theme of  “Our Watershed/ Our Water Source”.   We will meet at the Riverview Trailhead and hike up Wills Canyon to El Nido Meadow, and then walk down Rice Canyon Trail.  Total distance is about four miles. Time out should be 3 hours or so.  This is a moderate hike.

 Valley View Preserve 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Led by Docents Stuart Niebel and Holly Woolson, this hike will provide an opportunity to walk several of the OVLC’s beautiful trails in the front country above Shelf Road. We will identify any late blooming flowers and some of the classic chaparral plants. The hike will start at the Valley View kiosk. Please park at the Pratt Trailhead as there is no parking allowed at the top of Signal. This is a moderate to strenuous hike.

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