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 »

Docent Hike Program

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is excited to announce the return of our Docent Hike Program after a roughly 3-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Our volunteer docents are looking forward to getting out with you on the OVLC preserves we all love, and sharing their knowledge of the flora, fauna, and natural history of the valley. Docents will be offering free hikes for the community each month and we hope to be able to offer something for everyone!

Space is limited for each hike and RSVPs are required.

Mindfulness & Geology of Ojai
OVLC Docent-Led Hike

Saturday, May 20, 2023
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Valley View Preserve
Length: 3.5 mi
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

Join OVLC Docents Bob Blackmur and Dodge Mallare on Saturday, May 20 for a docent-led hike on Valley View Preserve’s Shelf Rd Trail. Bob and Dodge will focus on the geology of the valley, native plant and wildflower identification, in addition to meditative hiking practices. We will meet at 8:30 am and plan to return to the departure point no later than 12:30 pm.

This hike is appropriate for ages 12 years old and up and we request only well-behaved dogs on leash. Please wear closed-toe shoes, boots recommended, and bring sun protection, water, and snacks. Space is extremely limited and we often have a waitlist for these hikes. If you receive a spot, we ask that you please attend, or if you are unable to make it, you contact us 48 hours in advance in order to offer your spot to someone else.

**If the RSVP button doesn’t work for you, please email Adam Morrison at Please specify the hike you are RSVPing for along with the number of people in your party. Thank you

**If you receive a spot, we ask that you please attend, or if you are unable to make it, you contact us to offer your spot to someone else.

About Bob & Dodge

Bob Blackmur is a retired geologist having worked in California, the Rockies, Appalachia, the Gulf Coast, and Brazil. He was drawn to the outdoors by his early love of Boy Scout hiking and camping and has lived in Ojai for a dozen years.

Dodge Mallare has been an Ojai resident for over 4 years and is a certified holistic lifestyle coach (HLC1) through the Chek Institute. He will be sharing basic principles of mindfulness and breath work to incorporate during the hike.

Family Exploration series with Heather King, founder of Ventura Wild Wilderness Discovery Programs. Tour the preserve properties with an experienced outdoor educator practiced in leading family walks. Each adventure is unique depending on the weather, season, ages and interests of the group, but there is always time for families to connect, relax, explore and discover while having fun together.

More hikes coming soon!