The Ilvento Preserve represents a milestone in OVLC’s growth, having been the first land acquisition for OVLC donated by the Ilvento Family in 1997. The 80-acre chaparral ridge is located near Thacher School on the east end of the Ojai Valley. The preserve has diverse native plant communities and important wildlife corridors.
A hiker is likely to encounter at least 150 plant species and a variety of wildlife. Fern grottos and wildflower displays are a highlight each spring. Live oak forests, coastal ash, toyon and several species of sage can be found throughout the preserve. The dramatic topographical relief features a high point of 2,024 feet with breathtaking views of the Ojai and Upper Ojai valleys, Topa Topa Bluffs and Chief Peak.
Eighty percent of the preserve burned during the Ranch Fire in 1999, however the recovery has been steady during the last several years, including brilliant spring wildflower displays.
The priority for this preserve is to maintain its pristine natural habitat. Though the preserve is open to the public, it’s difficult to find, which is ultimately a benefit to its preservation. The Conservancy offers a guided walk of the preserve each year for those who would like to visit. There are also trail-clearing volunteer days which anyone can join. Check our calendar for dates or send us an email to let us know you would like to be notified.