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 »

OVLC Newsletter Downloads

Click on any of the links below to download our past Open Spaces Newsletters.

Open Spaces Newsletter – Summer 2010 (PDF)
Spaces Newsletter-Fall 2004 (PDF)
Planting on the Preserves

Planting on the Preserves

By on February 25, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

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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Thank You, Volunteers!

Thank You, Volunteers!

By on February 25, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

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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In Defense of the Trees

In Defense of the Trees

By on February 25, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

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

Restoration at Work

By on February 25, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

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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Protecting What He Loved

Protecting What He Loved

By on February 25, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

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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Life of Art with Valerie Freeman

Life of Art with Valerie Freeman

By on February 8, 2019 in News with 0 Comments

Long-time Ojai Studio Artist, Valerie Freeman, is hosting an exhibit “Vie d’Art” at the Ojai Art Center highlighting treasured pieces she’s created over the past 30- years of her career in California. The exhibit, which opens February 1 and runs with a Silent Auction through February 23 at the Ojai Art Center, and an accompanying […]

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Thank You

Thank You

By on December 27, 2018 in News with 0 Comments

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

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Farewell Marti!

Farewell Marti!

By on October 24, 2018 in News with 2 Comments

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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The Importance of Native Gardens

The Importance of Native Gardens

By on December 10, 2018 in Featured, News, Notes about Nature with 0 Comments

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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Green Beers!

Green Beers!

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

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

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Hike and Picnic with OVLC Stewardship Director

Hike and Picnic with OVLC Stewardship Director

By on March 30, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments

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

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OVLC Trail 101

OVLC Trail 101

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

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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Native Plants for your Garden with OVLC Nursery Manager

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
Sunday, April 7.
11 am–12:30 pm.
Flora Gardens

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Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale

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

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

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All About Ojai: Wildlife Tracking

All About Ojai: Wildlife Tracking

By on January 9, 2019 in All About Ojai, Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments

Introductory Wildlife Tracking
Basics and Beyond of Animal Track & Sign Identification
March 16. 10 am–12 pm

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Women In the Wild Events

Women In the Wild Events

By on December 13, 2018 in Events, News with 2 Comments

Women in the Wild Weekend
March 9
Ojai, California

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All About Ojai: The Buzz About Bees

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
Saturday, February 16. 1–3pm
OVLC Office

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2019 California Naturalist Course

2019 California Naturalist Course

By on December 3, 2018 in Events, News with 3 Comments

Registration is FULL
Join the Waitlist

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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

By on January 7, 2019 in Events, News with 0 Comments

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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All About Ojai: The Bear Essentials

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
January 12. 10 am.
OVLC Office

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Winter Migration Bird Walk

Winter Migration Bird Walk

By on November 8, 2018 in All About Ojai, Events, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments

Winter Migration Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham
December 8. 8:30 – 10:30 am
Ojai Meadows Presreve

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Rare Plant Species Seed Cleaning

Rare Plant Species Seed Cleaning

By on November 8, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments

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

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Mountainfilm on Tour 2018

Mountainfilm on Tour 2018

By on June 1, 2018 in Events with 2 Comments

Under the stars at Ojai Valley School
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Tickets on sale now!

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Under the Open Sky

Under the Open Sky

By on July 18, 2018 in Events with 0 Comments

Friday, September 21

Ventura River Steelhead Preserve

5:30 – 9:30 PM

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New Signs on the Preserves

New Signs on the Preserves

By on November 3, 2018 in Around Our Valley, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

              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

Property Donation Among Largest One-time Gifts to the OVLC

By on October 22, 2018 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News with 5 Comments

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

Fundraising Campaign with HELIO Solar Lights

By on October 18, 2018 in Featured, News, What's New with 0 Comments

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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Local Art Show: Rocio Mariposa

Local Art Show: Rocio Mariposa

By on September 26, 2018 in Events with 0 Comments

Local Artist Fundraiser
October 20, 3-5pm
Ojai Coffee Roasting Co

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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

Annual Turkey Trot Hosted by the Ojai Valley Inn

By on November 5, 2018 in Around Our Valley, Events, News with 0 Comments

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

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MOB SHOP MOVIE NIGHT

MOB SHOP MOVIE NIGHT

By on June 8, 2018 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments

MOB SHOP Movie Night
Saturday, August 11
Doors open at 7:30 pm, Films start at 8:15 pm

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Nathan Wickstrum Art Show

Nathan Wickstrum Art Show

By on September 12, 2018 in News with 0 Comments

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

Geology Presentation and Hike

By on September 14, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments

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

California Naturalist Open House

By on October 3, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments

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

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Community Volunteers

Community Volunteers

By on May 30, 2018 in All About Ojai, News with 0 Comments

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

Recovery and Renewal

By on May 30, 2018 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

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

Arundo removal

By on May 18, 2018 in News

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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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

By on May 20, 2018 in Events with 0 Comments

Rattlesnake Avoidance for Dogs
July 7, 8 am–5 pm
Registration required

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Pints with Purpose

Pints with Purpose

By on April 11, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments

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

Free Guided Hike in Wills Canyon

By on April 23, 2018 in Events, News, Ventura River Preserve with 0 Comments

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

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Spring Birdwalk with Jesse Grantham

Spring Birdwalk with Jesse Grantham

By on April 11, 2018 in Events, News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments

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

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Fire Walk With Us

Fire Walk With Us

By on April 3, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments

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

Mountainfilm Sponsors

By on July 20, 2018 in News with 0 Comments

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

Gourmet Picnic Bags

By on July 19, 2018 in News with 6 Comments

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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Backwoods Bazaar

Backwoods Bazaar

By on April 10, 2018 in Events with 0 Comments

Backwoods Bazaar
OVLC Fundraiser
May 6, 11 am – 5 pm

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Natives for Your Garden

Natives for Your Garden

By on February 27, 2018 in Events with 0 Comments

Natives for Your Garden
Talk by Ron Singer
At Flora Gardens
CORRECTED DATE: April 14 at 10 am

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Spring Native Plant Sale

Spring Native Plant Sale

By on March 28, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments

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

Run for the Hills

By on March 28, 2018 in Events, News with 1 Comment

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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Fire in Our Region

Fire in Our Region

By on April 10, 2018 in Around Our Valley with 0 Comments

This is a great article from Los Padres ForestWatch

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