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.


Geology of Ojai & Mindfulness
OVLC Docent-led Hike

Saturday, April 15, 2023
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Valley View Preserve
Length: Approximately 4 mi

Join OVLC Docents Bob Blackmur and Dodge Mallare on Saturday, April 15 for our second docent-led hike of 2023. This moderately strenuous hike will start at the Gridley Rd side of Shelf Rd and traverse along Shelf and back. We will meet at 9:30 am and plan to return to the departure point by 12:30 pm. Bob and Dodge will focus on the geology of the valley, native plant and wildflower identification, in addition to meditative hiking practices.

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 limited. 

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.


Wildflower Hike
OVLC Docent-led Hike

Saturday, April 22, 2023
9 am – 12 pm
Valley View Preserve
Length: 2.5 mi

Join OVLC Docents Barb Rugo and Lori Siegmund on Saturday, April 22 for a docent-led hike on Valley View Preserve (VVP). This 2.5 mile hike will start at the top of Foothill Rd and traverse through the upper trails of VVP. We will meet at 9:00 am and plan to return to the departure point by 12:00 pm. Docents will focus on native plant and wildflower identification and appreciation, in addition to exploring several sections of different trails on this preserve. Along the way you will be treated to beautiful views of the Ojai Valley!

This hike is appropriate for ages 12 years old and up and we request no dogs please. Hiking poles are recommended, but not necessary, for some slopes, rocky terrain, and slippery footing. Space is limited.


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!


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