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)
Member Celebration

Member Celebration

Member Celebration
June 22 from 5-8 pm
Ventura River Steelhead Preserve

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Beat the Heat! Summer Hiking Series

Beat the Heat! Summer Hiking Series

Beat the Heat! Summer Full Moon Hiking Series
July 16 at 5:45 pm
Ventura River Preserve

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Mountainfilm on Tour 2019

Mountainfilm on Tour 2019

By on May 6, 2019 in Events with 0 Comments

Save the Date:
Friday, September 20
Saturday, September 21

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PAST EVENTS

By on April 3, 2019 in Events

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All About Ojai – Tales of the Condor

All About Ojai – Tales of the Condor

By on May 27, 2019 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments

Tales of the Condor
June 8 at 10 am
OVLC office

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OVLC Trail 101

OVLC Trail 101

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

Guided Hikes Around the Valley
June 18
CANCELED

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National Trails Day Celebration

National Trails Day Celebration

By on April 15, 2019 in Events with 0 Comments

National Trails Day Celebration
Saturday, June 1
8 am–8 pm

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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

By on April 9, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments

Rattlesnake Avoidance for Dogs
June 1 & 2, 8 am–4 pm
SOLD OUT!

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Brian Stark Has Left The Building

Brian Stark Has Left The Building

By on May 17, 2019 in News with 1 Comment

Brain Stark, Executive Director and employee of 9 years, leaves the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy.

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Tania Parker Named Deputy Director of the OVLC

Tania Parker Named Deputy Director of the OVLC

By on May 6, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News with 0 Comments

In recognition of her critical role in the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s growth and success, the OVLC has named Tania Parker as Deputy Director. Tania Parker has been with the OVLC for over 5 years, and in that time she’s made a sizable impact on our fundraising and community outreach programs, including doubling our membership […]

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From the Field

From the Field

It has been another busy season for the field crew! This three-person team installed a recording breaking number of plants this season. While the final count has yet to be tallied, the number is in the thousands. The primary focus for restoration this season was the 36-acre orange grove project on the Ventura River Preserve […]

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We are your local land trust, and we want to hear from you!

We are your local land trust, and we want to hear from you!

Brendan Taylor, OVLC Stewardship Director, is in the process of creating a 5-year plan for the stewardship of the preserves. We recently sat down with him to learn more about this plan, and why feedback from the community is so important. Q: Why are you embarking on a 5-year plan for the preserves? A: A […]

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Kathy’s Commitment

Kathy’s Commitment

By on May 16, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Kathy Bennett loves to look out her window at the mountains that the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) has protected forever. She is “paralyzed by the beauty of it all,” and has included the OVLC in her estate planning because “she wants to make sure that it is there for future generations.” While Kathy loves […]

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Welcome, Baby Juniper!

Welcome, Baby Juniper!

By on May 16, 2019 in News with 0 Comments

Please join us in congratulating Jill Lashly (OVLC Conservation Director) and her husband Evan on the birth of their beautiful daughter Juniper Jean Lashly. We are so excited to have a new member join the OVLC family. Here’s to the next generation of conservationists! Click here to make a gift in honor or in memory […]

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Congratulations, Xena!

Congratulations, Xena!

As the weather gets warmer, Xena wants to remind everyone that the ground can get very hot for paws. She recommends getting out on the trail early in the morning or in the evening, or investing in some shoes for your furry friends. Otherwise, you might end up carrying them on the trail. Photo: Xena […]

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Annual Fire Clearance

Annual Fire Clearance

By on May 16, 2019 in News with 0 Comments

On May 20, the OVLC will begin routine fire clearance on parts of our preserves that border structures or roads. Thanks to a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), this work will be completed by the local Concerned Resources and Environmental Workers (the CREW) and an additional contractor. They […]

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Thank you and we wish you the best, Natalie!

Thank you and we wish you the best, Natalie!

For the last two years, the OVLC has had the honor of counting Natalie Everton as a member of the field crew. While she will be leaving the OVLC to start her next adventure, she has certainly left her mark on the preserves. We will truly miss this wonderful woman, from her wealth of knowledge […]

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Community Survey

By on May 9, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Create your own user feedback survey

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Full Moon Hike

Full Moon Hike

By on May 2, 2019 in All About Ojai, Events, Featured, News with 2 Comments

Full Moon Hike
Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm
Valley View Preserve

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Benefit Concert

Benefit Concert

Benefit Concert with Grammy Winning Artist: Peter Kater
Friday, May 17 at 7 pm
Private Address

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All About Ojai: Springtime Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham

All About Ojai: Springtime Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham

By on April 8, 2019 in Events, News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments

All About Ojai: Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham
Saturday, May 11 at 8:30 am
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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All About Ojai: Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

All About Ojai: Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

By on December 4, 2017 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments

All About Ojai: Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer
Saturday, April 13
9:30 am—12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale

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

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

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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 pm
Flora Gardens

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Directions to the OVLC Office

By on May 29, 2019 in Press with 0 Comments

The office is located at 370 W Baldwin Rd (The Old Honor Farm), Bldg A4. After the main entrance, when you come in the gate, stay to the left and follow the signs for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. You will drive by the farm and the road will wrap around the old prison building. Stay to […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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