Events

  • Friday, March 03, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $20.00 USD · 121 rsvps
    Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura, CA

    2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Night 1: March 3, 2017

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    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 Conservancy’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.

    Click here to check out the film lineup for each night

    Don't miss out on your chance to attend Ventura County's most popular film event. Buy your Wild and Scenic Film Festival tickets today!

    Doors Open at 6PM, Films Begin at 7 PM

  • Saturday, March 04, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $20.00 USD · 142 rsvps
    Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura, CA

    2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Night 2: March 4, 2017

    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 Conservancy’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.

    Click here to check out the film lineup for each night

    Don't miss out on your chance to attend Ventura County's most popular film event.  Buy your Wild and Scenic Film Festival tickets today!

    Doors Open at 6 PM, Films Begin at 7 PM

     

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 2 rsvps
    Big Rock Preserve

    Discovery After Dark

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    Ever wondered what the Ventura River is like at night? Join naturalist Jessica Nikolai, VHC's Stewardship and Education Manager, on an easy, almost full moon hike at Big Rock Preserve on Saturday, March 11th from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Come enjoy the sights and sounds of croaking frogs, swooping bats, and fluttering moths for this family-friendly event. Bring a flashlight or headlamp and dress warmly!

    To get to Big Rock Preserve, take Highway 33 toward Ojai and exit at Casitas Vista Road. Turn right, park underneath the highway overpass and walk towards the bike path. Take a left at the bike path and meet at the Big Rock Preserve trail head a short way down on the right.

  • Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 09:00 AM
    Willoughby Nature Preserve in Ventura, , CA

    River Restoration Saturday at Willoughby Preserve

    MLK_Day_volunteers_in_action.jpgOn Saturday, March 18th, VHC staff, VHC volunteers and members of the California Conservation Corps. will join forces from 9 a.m.-12 noon to clean up trash and clear paths at the Willoughby Nature Preserve.  River Restoration Saturdays are a part of VHC's ongoing efforts to bring the Ventura River back to its natural state and make it more welcoming to human and wildlife visitors alike.

    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 Conservancy'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 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!

  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 18 rsvps

    Ethnobotany of Local Native Plants

    acorn_and_leaves.gifOn Thursday, March 23rd at 7 p.m., Angela Rockett Kirwin, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, will discuss the edible and pharmaceutical uses of a variety of local native wild plants. For thousands of years, the indigenous peoples of California sustainably gathered, managed and used local plants for food, cultural practices and environmental stewardship.  Join VHC staff and Conservancy supporters as we discover the rich history of some of the plants that cover Ventura’s beautiful hillsides.

    This free community lecture, a part of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s ongoing Environmental Speaker Series, will take place in the Santa Paula Room at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. Reservations are highly encouraged.

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 08:30 AM · 6 rsvps
    Big Rock Nature Preserve

    Monarch Madness Milkweed Planting

    On Saturday, April 29, from 8:30 am - 12 noon, join VHC for a fun family-friendly milkweed planting event at our Big Rock Nature Preserve along the Ventura River. Monarchs 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 VHC volunteers as we pitch in to provide essential habitat for the migrating Monarchs. We will bring the gloves, shovels and milkweed plants; you bring the enthusiasm!

    Meet VHC staff at 9 am at our Big Rock Preserve near Foster Park. We will escort you to the planting area where we will do a short Monarch presentation and provide a planting demonstration. Once planting is complete, we will lead a short nature hike along the shores of the Ventura River.

    Please wear sturdy shoes, long pants, a hat, sunscreen and bring a water bottle and shovel (hand or long-handled) if you've got one! We will have water on hand for refills.

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    This event is made possible thanks to generous funding provided by SoCalGas.

     


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