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PRESERVE OPEN

Oak Glen Preserve is open as of October 10, 2020.




CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - 6/5/2020

OAK GLEN PRESERVE IS OPEN


Oak Glen Preserve and the Southern California Montane Botanic Garden and Children’s Outdoor Discovery Center trails are open.

Restrooms in the botanic garden are open.

Maintain a physical distance of at least 10 feet from visitors and other staff.

Stay local: Please do not travel from outside the local area to visit the Preserve.

For information call (909) 790-3698.


OAK GLEN PRESERVE

Nestled mile-high in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, within the historic farming community of Oak Glen, lies The Wildlands Conservancy’s Oak Glen Preserve. The 909-acre preserve is home to the Conservancy’s Southern California Montane Botanic Garden and Children’s Outdoor Discovery Center, and like TWC’s other preserves, is open to the public completely free of charge.

In 1996, The Wildlands Conservancy saved southern California’s largest historic apple ranch, Los Rios Rancho, from residential subdivision. The farm, surrounded by Oak Glen Preserve, is leased to third and fourth generation Oak Glen apple growers. Riley’s Frontier Events continues the property’s rich tradition of apple growing and historic entertainment.

In addition to the Botanic Garden, Discovery Center, and Los Rios Rancho, the Preserve includes the prominent Wilshire Peak (8,707 feet), acquired by the Conservancy to prevent exploitation of private lands within the San Bernardino National Forest and to promote the expansion of the San Gorgonio Wilderness.



In 2012, TWC celebrated Los Rios Rancho's 5,000,000th visitor since it rescued the historic property from residential subdivision.


CONSERVATION OUTCOMES

In referring to the largest apple ranch in Oak Glen, the Apple Growers Association has a saying: "So goes Los Rios, so goes Oak Glen!"

 

The Wildlands Conservancy rescued Los Rios Rancho when it was surrendered to a banker who marketed the ranch for residential subdivision.

 

TWC rescued Oak Glen a second time when the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power planned to condemn and shave off scenic peaks for 200-foot-tall, 500kv transmission towers. LADWP abandoned the project after TWC organized Oak Glen visitors to send over 50,000 postcards, letters and emails in protest.


FREE PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS



ALL PROGRAMS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER        NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Public Programs

All public programs offered at the preserve are free of charge! Certain programs require reservations in order to participate. Visit the preserve's program calendar for additional details and reservation information.

View Program Calendar & Reservations


Junior Ranger Program

Our Junior Ranger Program is a hands-on educational experience designed to inspire youth to discover the wonders of nature, learn the importance of conservation land stewardship, and inspire others to be active stewards of our wild spaces. This free program is geared for youth ages 7 to 16. Registration is required.

Junior Ranger Program is at capacity! New registrations are not available at this time.



Learn More!

Arts and Nature Festival

2020 Festival Canceled due to COVID-19 Pandemic

An all-day celebration of nature, art, music, and dance. Enjoy free workshops, art exhibitions, crafts, and shop for original items created by local artists. Fun for all ages!

View Festival Details


Volunteer at Oak Glen Preserve

Volunteering projects contribute to the development and maintenance of the Preserve and Botanic Garden. These projects vary monthly and are suitable for individuals, families, and established groups. Volunteer days are held on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am until 12 pm. No volunteer day in October.

THE COST OF CLIMATE DISRUPTION: OAK GLEN PRESERVE

Oak Glen Preserve has been hit hard by climate-related events. Check out this video to learn more and find out how you can help.
WATCH THE VIDEO


ADMISSION & HOURS

Admission is always free; donations are appreciated!

Open 7 days a week!

April - October
8:00 am to 5:30 pm

November - March
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

THINGS TO DO

AMENITIES

  • Free Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking Water
  • Shaded Picnic Areas
LOCATION

The preserve is located in the agricultural community of Oak Glen 8 miles east of Yucaipa on Oak Glen Road.


Get Driving Directions

RESOURCES
SAFETY CAUTIONS
  • Black Bears
  • Mountain Lions
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Stinging Nettle
COURTESY GUIDE

To enhance the quality of everyone's visit, please observe this summary of rules for your safety and protection of the preserve.

  • Stay on designated trails
  • Dogs on leash
  • Smoking prohibited
  • Alcohol prohibited
  • Hanging items in trees prohibited (including hammocks)
  • Drones prohibited
  • A person may not pick, cut, mutilate, or remove plants or other natural resources
  • Bicycles prohibited

CONTACT US

Oak Glen Preserve
39611 Oak Glen Road, Building 10
Oak Glen, CA 92399
(909) 790-3698
oakglenpreserve@twc-ca.org


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