• Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 07:30 AM · 5 rsvps
    Ventura Promenade

    Serve Beer at 2019 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon

    We are looking for 24 volunteers to help serve tasty Firestone Walker beer to thirsty marathoners near the finish line of the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon. For the 4th year running, M2B organizers have generously invited VLT to serve the beer and keep the profits. This one day brings in thousands in valuable funding for our organization!

    We are looking a total of 12 committed volunteers - four people working the taps during three 2-hour shifts. ALL VOLUNTEER SERVERS MUST BE RBS (Responsible Beverage Server) CERTIFIED.

    To become certified/recertified, you must attend the Project Safer online Responsible Beverage Server Class. Click here for more information.

    If you have taken the Project Safer class within the past two years, check your I.D. card to ensure that your certification is still valid. If it has expired, you must retake the class.

    This is a very fun volunteer event. Please RSVP and we will work with you on your shift assignment. Hope you can join us!

  • Saturday, June 01, 2019 at 08:00 AM · 17 rsvps
    Harmon Canyon in Ventura, CA

    National Trails Day at Harmon Canyon

    On the first Saturday of June, celebrate National Trails Day with Ventura Land Trust staff and volunteers to help build trails for future use at Harmon Canyon. This sneak peek of the preserve is your chance to come out and help build trails that will be used by the community for years to come. Ventura is lacking in public trails and we need your help to change that! 

    Ventura Land Trust is currently in the escrow for this fantastic preserve, this process could take over a year before we can purchase the property. In the meantime, there is plenty of work to be done! We will be working on clearing brush to reduce fire hazards and building trails for the public to enjoy once we have our grand opening.

    Please wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy closed-toe shoes (preferably hiking boots), sunscreen, hat, and reusable water bottle. We will bring gloves and tools, though you are welcome to bring your own if you have a particular preference. We will be starting early to try to avoid the mid-day heat.

    We provide the tools; you provide the enthusiasm!


    This property is currently CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC except for special volunteer restoration events.

    Trespassing could impact the purchase process, please don't take the risk! 

  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 09:00 AM · 4 rsvps
    Willoughby Preserve

    Trash cleanup and river restoration at Willoughby Preserve

    IMG_2209.JPGIn July, we need your help cleaning up trash at our Willoughby Preserve. Additionally, we will chop, pull, and lop non-native, invasive plant species that are wreaking havoc on our native riparian ecosystem! Our Willoughby Preserve has come a long way over the years, but it's up to us to keep it trash free and chalk full of native plants. 

    River Restoration events are a part of VLT's ongoing efforts to bring the Ventura River back to its natural state and make it more welcoming to human and wildlife visitors alike. Please wear pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, and don't forget sunscreen and water. We'll provide the tools, you provide the enthusiasm!
    Meet VHC staff at 9 a.m. next to the Main St. Bridge along the bike path near downtown Ventura (at Main St. & Peking Streets). We will gather next to the Land Trust's beautiful informational kiosk. Please wear pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, and don't forget sunscreen and water!
    Please note: River cleanup volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Due to the nature of tools used and bio-hazardous materials occasionally found in the river estuary, we do not encourage young children to participate in these events. Please see our Events Page for more family-friendly outings!River_Restoration_Logo.jpg
    Want to contribute more than sweat-equity? The Ventura Land Trust now offers affordable River Restoration Sponsorship opportunities. Environmentally-minded individuals and businesses are invited to support our habitat restoration work by financially contributing to the costs of cleaning, clearing and restoring the land. There's no better way to put your money to work!
  • Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 05:00 PM

    Community Event - 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

    Wild and Scenic Film FestivalTICKETS ON SALE NOW!


    This year's festival will be bigger, better, and even MORE FUN! We are thrilled to once again host our popular film festival at a beautiful outdoor venue on the campus of the Ventura County Credit Union. Bring your low-back chairs and blankets, and prepare for a night to remember!

    With live music, food trucks, outdoor games, and more, this year's festival will be one night of fun for the whole community to enjoy. Proceeds from this event support the projects and programs of Ventura Land Trust. 

    The Wild and Scenic Film Festival offers audiences the chance to enjoy a series of award-winning short films that celebrate the beauty and bounty of our natural world.  This popular festival, which sells out every year, helps to connect the Land Trust’s local work to similar environmental efforts around the globe. In addition to viewing films, attendees also enjoy live music, food, beer, wine and the chance to win high-end items in a raffle that includes original artwork, outdoor gear, dining-out certificates and much, much more.

    Doors Open at 5 PM, Films Begin at 8 PM, Fun Lasts All Night!


  • Thursday, September 05, 2019 at 05:00 PM through December 04, 2019
    Rincon Brewery

    Nature Photography Contest & Exhibit

    1st Annual Ventura Land Trust Juried Nature Contest and Exhibit.

    Photograph by Dan Holmes

    Ventura Land Trust wants to see your wildlife and nature photos. A nonprofit that advocates for the preservation of water, wildlife and wild places, Ventura Land Trust is sponsoring our inaugural juried wildlife and natural landscape photography contest and exhibit. This event encourages people to explore with a camera the natural world around them, whether that’s their own backyard, a local stream or a national park. All submitted photos must be of wildlife, landscapes or scenic beauty.

    This is an open call to all photographers, amateur and professional to submit 3 original digital images to be considered for inclusion in the Ventura Land Trust's Nature Photography Contest and Exhibit. Our panel of four esteemed judges will choose the winning photographs to be included in a 3-month Nature Photography Exhibit and Sale that will be hung on the walls of Rincon Brewery, 4100 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA 93003.


    Entry deadline: July 13, 2019

    Entry fee: Although not required, participating photographers are encouraged to donate 20% of any sale proceeds to support the Ventura Land Trust.$20 for all professional and non-professional photographers.

    Prizes: The top three winning photographs will win prizes comprised of bragging rights, gift certificates to local retailers and VLT merchandise.

    Submissions: Entries will be accepted until 7/13/19. Contestants must send their contact information and .jpg digital photos to Dan Holmes, lead judge:  Each person can submit up to 3 photos. There is a $20 fee to enter. Although not required, participating photographers are encouraged to donate 20% of any sale proceeds to support the Ventura Land Trust.

    Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions. Both winners and finalists will be displayed on the contest website along with the photographer's name and city/state/country.

    Exhibit: The winning photographs to be exhibited on the walls of Rincon Brewery, 4100 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA 93003, from September 5 - November 30, 2019.

    Copyright Policy: The copyright of submitted images remains with the photographer. By signing the entry form, the photographer agrees to allow Ventura Land Trust to publish the image on websites, social media and printed materials and to use the image in promotions for this and future contests without compensation.

    Image Usage Rights: Participation in the contest requires the contestant to give Ventura Land Trust permission to use the photographs without compensation on the Contest Website as well as on other VLT websites and in news releases which may appear in print or on third party websites for the purpose of publicizing the contest. VLT will always include the photographer’s name when using a photograph for any purpose.

    Publicity: The winning photographs will be posted on the Ventura Land Trust website as well as hung on the walls of Rincon Brewery. Winners will be named in a news release that is widely distributed to local media.

    The mission of the Ventura Land Trust is to permanently protect the land, water, wildlife and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for current and future generations.

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