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

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Open Spaces Newsletter – Summer 2010 (PDF)
Spaces Newsletter-Fall 2004 (PDF)
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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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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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 July 1, 2019 in Events with 0 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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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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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs 2018

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs 2018

By on May 20, 2018 in Events with 0 Comments

THIS EVENT HAS PAST. GO TO OUR EVENTS PAGE TO FIND THIS YEARS RATTLESNAKE TRAINING.

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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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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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Free Guided Bird & Nature Walk

Free Guided Bird & Nature Walk

By on February 26, 2018 in Events, News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments

Free Guided Bird & Nature Walk
Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 am
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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Community Forum on Trails

Community Forum on Trails

By on March 28, 2018 in Events with 0 Comments

Community Forums on Trails
April 5, 7 – 8:30 pm & April 10, 6:30 – 8 pm
We want to hear from you!

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Free Guided Wildflower Walk

Free Guided Wildflower Walk

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

Free Guided Wildflower Walk
April 7, 12–1:30 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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Free Guided Nature Hike

Free Guided Nature Hike

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

Free Guided Nature Hike
April 14, 9–11 am
Valley View Preserve

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Life after the Thomas Fire

Life after the Thomas Fire

By on February 26, 2018 in Around Our Valley, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Letter from Executive Director Brian Stark
It’s been a busy two months since the Thomas Fire burned through four of our preserves…

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Restoration After the Thomas Fire

Restoration After the Thomas Fire

By on February 27, 2018 in News with 0 Comments

The native vegetation that covered the preserves before the Thomas Fire is adapted to fire—meaning many of the plants will grow back. We are already seeing shoots emerge from the base of laurel sumac, yucca, wild cucumber, and soap plant; oak trees that lost their leaves have already begun to leaf out and are now […]

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Jill Lashly Promoted to Conservation Director

Jill Lashly Promoted to Conservation Director

By on February 27, 2018 in News with 0 Comments

Jill Lashly Promoted to Conservation Director
Jill Lashly has worked at the OVLC for three years as our Restoration Program Manager—promoting habitat restoration and conservation in the Ojai Valley…

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Celebrating a Life

Celebrating a Life

By on March 20, 2018 in News with 0 Comments

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy lost a dear friend, dedicated volunteer, and conservation champion with the passing of Allan Jacobs on October 8. Allan led a life dedicated to helping others, including an extended tour with the Peace Corps in Bolivia, decades as an estate attorney, and his involvement with the Rotary Club of Ojai […]

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Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a Legacy

By on February 27, 2018 in News with 0 Comments

Jerry Gale Jones, esteemed Portland businessman, philanthropist, spiritual seeker and meditation teacher, peacefully passed away on December 29, 2016, at his home in Ojai, California.

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Matilija Dam Update

Matilija Dam Update

By on February 26, 2018 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments

Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project
Presented by Paul Jenkin
March 10 at 10 am – OVLC office

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Herb Walk – After the Fire

Herb Walk – After the Fire

By on February 12, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments

HERB WALK with Lanny Kaufer
After the Fire: Making Our Landscapes More Resilient
February 17, 10 am – 3pm

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Fire Ecology Presentation with George Wuerthner

Fire Ecology Presentation with George Wuerthner

By on January 10, 2018 in Around Our Valley, Events with 3 Comments

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

6:00 pm

The Krotona Institute Auditorium

George Wuerthner is an ecologist and has been studying fire ecology for decades. He is also a writer who has published 38 books including Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy and Yellowstone and the Fires of Change.

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California Naturalist Certification

California Naturalist Certification

By on December 11, 2017 in Events, News with 2 Comments

California Naturalist Certification Course: April 13 – May 19, 2018

If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science, and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you! The 40 hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of Ventura County.

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New Stewardship Director

New Stewardship Director

By on January 9, 2018 in Featured, News with 4 Comments

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is excited to announce the arrival of our new Stewardship Director, Brendan Taylor.

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Ventura River Preserve Signed

Ventura River Preserve Signed

  A huge thanks to our 10 volunteers who helped us sign the canyon trails on Ventura River Preserve on Wednesday morning!  Split into two groups, we hiked and signed the Orange Grove, West River, Oso Ridge, Fern Grotto, and Wills Canyon trails.  When you’re out on the preserve, you’ll see the green and blue […]

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Volunteers clean melted irrigation pipe and plant hundreds of acorns

Volunteers clean melted irrigation pipe and plant hundreds of acorns

Last week, with the help of OVLC volunteers and students from the Thacher School, the OVLC cleared 27 acres of melted irrigation pipe and planted hundreds of acorns to replace the thousands of young oak trees that burned in the restoration area along Rice Creek. Katherine Holden, OVLC member and volunteer, was inspired to write […]

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