Events

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 09:00 AM · 117 rsvps

    VLT and Surfrider Foundation's Annual Ventura River to the Sea Cleanup

    Ventura Land Trust, the Ventura Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, and Runners For Public Lands are teaming up to host the our Annual Ventura River to the Sea Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers from both organizations are invited to join us as we clean up trash from Emma Wood Group Camp and the Ventura River Estuary. 

    We will gather together at 9 am at the Emma Wood Group Camp. Look for the VLT pop-up near the bathrooms. After a brief safety meeting, we will break into groups and head to a few different trash sites that have been opened up through California State Park's invasive species removal project. Our goal is to clear out as much trash as possible from the lower Ventura river floodplain BEFORE the rainy season begins and washes the trash onto nearby beaches and into the ocean.

    All volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, close-toed shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Children younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. We will provide trash pickers, trash bags and supervision. You provide the stoke!

    All minors under age 18 must submit a volunteer agreement form signed by their parent prior to volunteering.

     

  • Monday, January 20, 2020 at 07:30 AM · 3 rsvps
    Harmon Canyon in Ventura, CA

    MLK Day of Service at Harmon Canyon

     

     

    Want to help prepare Harmon Canyon for public use? Love to run? Then this event is for you! Ventura Land Trust is teaming up with Runners For Public Lands on Martin Luther King Jr. day to connect runners of all abilities and anyone who is interested to open space preservation, outdoor recreation, and habitat restoration. 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.

    The event will start at 7:30 am with a run through the canyon (that is not yet open to the public outside of Ventura Land Trust led events) to preview the preserve that will go to 8:45 am. The volunteer work day will begin at 9:00 am where we will work on removing invasive plants, clearing and preparing trails, and restoring native habitats within Harmon Canyon. 

    For field work, we ask that you 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 provide the tools; you provide the enthusiasm! Please RSVP so we know how many tools to provide.

    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, February 15, 2020 at 09:00 AM · 1 rsvp
    Willoughby Preserve in Ventura , CA

    River Restoration and Trash Cleanup at Willoughby Preserve

    In February, we need your help chopping, pulling, and lopping non-native, invasive plant species that are wreaking havoc on our native riparian ecosystem at Willoughby Preserve! Additionally, we will be cleaning up trash across the preserve. 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 VLT 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 Ocean Friendly Garden. 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, March 14, 2020 at 09:00 AM · 3 rsvps
    Harmon Canyon Preserve in Ventura, CA

    Monarch Madness Pollinator Planting Party

    On Saturday, March 14th, from 9 am - 12 noon, join VLT for a fun family-friendly pollinator planting event at Harmon Canyon Preserve. This will be our first Monarch Madness event at Harmon Canyon, so come on out and be part of this historical event! We will plant pollinator plants, including milkweed, that attract butterflies.

    Monarch butterflies need milkweed plants to survive - their caterpillars only eat milkweed and Monarch moms lay their eggs on the milkweed plant. Milkweed habitat loss is the biggest short-term threat to the migration of Monarch butterflies.

    Join VLT volunteers as we pitch in to provide essential habitat for the migrating Monarchs and other insects, birds and mammals. We will bring the gloves, shovels and milkweed plants; you bring the enthusiasm!

    Park FREE at Missionary Church, immediately adjacent to Harmon Canyon. The event will kick off at 9AM with a short Monarch presentation and a quick planting demonstration.

    Please wear sturdy shoes, long pants, a hat, sunscreen and bring a water bottle. We will have water on hand for refills and provide fun for everyone!

     

     

  • Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 09:00 AM · 1 rsvp
    Harmon Canyon in Ventura, CA

    Earth Day 2020 at Harmon Canyon

    On Saturday, April 18th, all are invited to join the Ventura Land Trust to help prepare Harmon Canyon Preserve for future public use. From removing invasive species to building new trails, we can use your help to make Harmon Canyon the best nature preserve possible.

    Ventura Land Trust is currently in the escrow for this fantastic preserve. During this process, we would like to remind everyone that Harmon Canyon is currently CLOSED to the public. Any trespassing on the preserve could jeopardize the sale, so please respect the process and only access the preserve during scheduled volunteer events.  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.

    Park FREE at Missionary Church, immediately adjacent to Harmon Canyon. All volunteers should wear pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, and don't forget sunscreen and a water bottle! We will have water for refills available. 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, May 16, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    Willoughby Preserve in Ventura , CA

    River Restoration and Trash Cleanup at Willoughby Preserve

    In May, we need your help chopping, pulling, and lopping non-native, invasive plant species that are wreaking havoc on our native riparian ecosystem at Willoughby Preserve! Additionally, we will be cleaning up trash across the preserve. 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 VLT 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 Ocean Friendly Garden. 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, June 06, 2020 at 08:00 AM · 1 rsvp
    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. 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 18, 2020 at 09:00 AM · 1 rsvp
    Willoughby Preserve in Ventura , CA

    River Restoration and Trash Cleanup at Willoughby Preserve

    In July, we need your help chopping, pulling, and lopping non-native, invasive plant species that are wreaking havoc on our native riparian ecosystem at Willoughby Preserve! Additionally, we will be cleaning up trash across the preserve. 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 VLT 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 Ocean Friendly Garden. 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, September 19, 2020 at 09:00 AM · 1 rsvp
    Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura, CA

    2020 Coastal Clean-Up Day

    Ventura Land Trust is proud to do our part for the 2020 Ventura County Coastal Clean-up Day!

    VLT staff will lead the charge at the Emma Wood State Beach group camp area. Join us as we clean and clear cigarette butts, bottles, trash and plastics from the area so it doesn't end up polluting our ocean and wildlife.

    This beautiful area has been neglected in recent times, and we need the community's help to deal with large trash piles that build up from illegal camping. Multiple endangered species call Emma Wood State Beach home, and it's one of the last natural sand dune systems in Southern California. Let's work together and make it safe and clean for the plants and animals who live here!

    Please wear a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed-toe shoes (preferably hiking boots) to this event. There is thick brush and poison oak present around the work area. We will be out in the sun so make sure to wear a hat, sunscreen, and bring a reusable water bottle! Please remember, this cleanup will focus on trash removal from abandoned homeless encampments. Participants are likely to get dirty, so please dress appropriately.   

    Please note: Cleanup volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Due to the nature bio-hazardous materials occasionally found at cleanups, we do not encourage young children to participate in these events. Please see our Events Page for more family-friendly outings!

    Follow this link to see the Sponsors for the Ventura County Coastal Cleanup Day Events  www.vccoastcleanup.org 

  • Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 09:00 AM · 1 rsvp
    Harmon Canyon in Ventura, CA

    Harmon Canyon Restoration

    In October, we need your help wiht habitat restoration and trail building at Harmon Canyon. Help us remove those pesky invasive species, and continue work on multi-use trails at the preserve. This sneak peek of the preserve is your chance to come out and work on a nature preserve that will be enjoyed by the community for years to come. Ventura is lacking in public access open space and we need your help to change that! 

    Ventura Land Trust is currently in the escrow on this fantastic preserve. In the meantime, there is plenty of work to be done! We will be working on removing invasive species, 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 bring a reusable water bottle. We will provide gloves and tools, though you are welcome to bring your own if you have a particular preference.

    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! 

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