Grab a pair of loppers and make some cuttings from native willow trees along the banks of the Ventura River! "Cuttings" are an amazing restoration tool, where a branch cut from an adult tree is soaked in water for a number of days, placed into the ground to form roots of its own, and eventually grows into a new tree! Using cuttings taken from existing trees, we will increase the number of trees on this beautiful property. Not only are willow trees beautiful to look at, they provide shade, they are the perfect nesting structure for birds and wildlife and they help to prevent soil erosion. VHC staff will demonstrate how to make a proper cutting from a willow tree to be planted at an upcoming volunteer event.
To get to the Big Rock Preserve, take Highway 33 toward Ojai and exit at Casitas Vista Road. Turn right and park under the highway overpass. Walk towards the bike path, take a left, and walk to the Big Rock Preserve trail entrance on the right hand side- it's about 220 yards down the bike path. Look for the VHC trailhead sign!
We will provide the hand loppers, buckets, and gloves, you provide the elbow grease and enthusiasm!
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.
This event is made possible thanks to generous funding provided by SoCalGas.