Events

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 05:30 PM · 15 rsvps
    Ambrosia by Caffrodite in Ventura, CA

    Green Drinks

    Join Ventura Land Trust at this fun networking event organized by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. Learn about the Chamber's Green Task Force (VLT is a proud member!), the City of Ventura’s Green Business Certification program and mix and mingle with Chamber members and VLT staff and board members. See old friends and make new ones!

    Enjoy beer, coffee and appetizers plus the chance to win a beautiful raffle prize basket filled with an array of valuable outdoor equipment and supplies.

    Ventura Land Trust is honored to be partner with the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and fellow green business, Ambrosia by Caffrodite, on the Green Drinks Mixer! Hope to see you there! 

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 09:00 AM · 134 rsvps
    Big Rock Nature Preserve

    Monarch Madness Pollinator Planting Party

    On Saturday, March 30th, from 9 am - 12 noon, join VLT for a fun family-friendly pollinator planting event at our Big Rock Preserve. 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 Foster Park, cross Casitas Vista Rd. at the entrance to the park and walk south about 1/4 along the bike path to get to Big Rock. Meet VLT staff at 9 am at the North Entrance of Big Rock Preserve next to the kiosk. We will escort you to the planting area where we will do a short Monarch presentation and provide a 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 13, 2019 at 09:00 AM · $20.00 USD · 3 rsvps
    Harmon Canyon Preserve

    Wildflower Walk at Harmon Canyon

    VLT Members-Only Wildflower Walk

    Wildflowers are gearing up to put on quite a show in Ventura's hillsides. Areas burned by the Thomas Fire have made an amazing comeback and thanks to this year's wonderful rains, our hills are about to burst forth with red, yellow and purple wildflowers. It'll be a beautiful display of nature's resiliency in action! 

    VLT members with current memberships are invited to join Ken Niessen, Botanist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, on Saturday, April 13, for an exclusive 2-mile round trip wildflower walk at the Harmon Canyon Preserve. At this event, an exclusive benefit for VLT's current members, Ken Niessen will lead participants up Harmon Canyon's main trail and identify and describe the variety of plants and flowers that live there. A $20 ticket is required to reserve your spot.

    Advance reservations are required, space is limited to 70 participants, no one person can purchase more than 2 tickets and tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis. Not a member yet, click here to join today!

    Not sure if your membership is up to date? Call the VLT office and we will check: (805) 643-8044.

  • Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 09:00 AM · 46 rsvps
    Harmon Canyon in Ventura, CA

    Earth Day 2019 Harmon Canyon Work Day

    On Saturday, April 20th, all are invited to join the Ventura Land Trust to help prepare the property for future public use. Harmon Canyon suffered significant fire damage and invasive grasses and forbes are trying to out compete the native species for the prime real-estate. 

    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.

    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, April 27, 2019 at 09:30 AM
    Harmon Canyon Preserve

    VPD Xtreme Mud Challenge

    On Saturday, April 27th, the 6th annual Ventura Eco Xtreme Mud Challenge will be presented by the Ventura Police Officers’ Association and hosted by Ventura Land Trust. This year, VPD and VLT are teaming up to present this family-fun event at a new location - Harmon Canyon Preserve.

    Although not yet open to the public, Eco Xtreme Mud Challenge participants will get a sneak peak of beautiful Harmon Canyon - the property that will soon become Ventura's premiere place to hike, bike, enjoy nature and (once a year) run through a muddy obstacle course!

    The goal of this event is to create a fun and challenging adventure while raising money for the Dee Dowell Foundation. Join us in this wild and crazy adventure at the new Harmon Canyon Preserve off Foothill Rd at Kimball Rd. 

    In addition to opening the preserve to the public for this special event, Ventura Land Trust also has coordinated the participation of food trucks and will have beer and soft drinks available for purchase after the race. Come for the challenge, stay awhile afterward and celebrate your success!

    Click here for race info and to register for the 6th Annual Eco Xtreme Mud Challenge!

     

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 04:00 PM
    Winchesters Grill

    VLT Fundraiser at Winchesters Grill & Saloon

    Join VLT for an evening of food, drink and "fun"raising at one of Ventura's favorite restaurants - Winchesters Grill & Saloon. Instead of a night in the kitchen, enjoy a night on the town in downtown Ventura. J.R. Ford, owner of Winchesters, generously supports a variety of Ventura County nonprofit organizations by hosting dining out nights and then giving back a portion of the proceeds to the charity. In April, he is extending his generosity to VLT!

    No tickets to buy, no flyer to bring - just come on down and enjoy a delicious dinner at Winchesters, the chance to hang with your favorite VLT friends and the opportunity to help raise money for open space preservation in the process. How easy is that? Hope to see you on April 30th!

  • Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 09:00 AM · 5 rsvps
    Willoughby Preserve in Ventura, CA

    Invasive plant removal and river restoration at Willoughby Preserve

    Invasive Plant Removal Ventura Land Trust

    Join VLT staff at the Ventura River estuary to help chop, pull, and lop non-native, invasive plant species and/or remove trash and refuse that are wreaking havoc on our native riparian ecosystem! In May, we will be working at the Willoughby Preserve.

    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 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!
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    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!
  • Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 07:30 AM
    Ventura Promenade

    Serve Beer at 2019 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon

    We are looking for 12 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 FREE Project Safer Special Event Training being held in Ventura on Wednesday, April 24th from 6 - 8 PM. RSVP to the class here.

    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. Hope you can join us!

  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 09:00 AM · 3 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 GO ON SALE SOON

    This year's festival will be bigger, better, and even MORE FUN! We are thrilled to once again host our popular film festival at an outdoor venue. 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. All proceeds from this event will help support the mission 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 work to similar environmental efforts around the globe. In addition to viewing films, attendees also enjoy live music, special guests, 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!

     

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