Behold the Beauty

none Take a trip with The Wildlands Conservancy’s new book, “Behold the Beauty,” as it tells the story of TWC’s crucial conservation projects, majestic preserves, and award-winning programs through beautiful photography and heartfelt words.

More than 75 full-page photos of remarkable and important landscapes in California will inspire you to visit these unique places and to help protect them so they will inspire future generations.

Copies of "Behold the Beauty" are available ONLINE!

You can also pick up a copy at select TWC preserves including Oak Glen, Whitewater and Wind Wolves.

The Wildlands Conservancy

The Wildlands Conservancy owns and operates California's largest nonprofit nature preserve system. This preserve system includes 12 magnificent landscapes spanning over 145,000 acres of diverse mountain, valley, desert, river and ocean front properties. The Wildlands Conservancy also funded the largest conservation land gift to the American people in U.S. history - over 560,000 acres.

Operating exclusively with private funding, TWC purchases and restores landscapes and builds national park quality visitor facilities that are open to the public at no cost. Over the past ten years, TWC has been California's nonprofit leader in providing free outdoor education programs for school children.

Our Dual Mission

To preserve the beauty and biodiversity of the earth and to provide programs so that children may know the wonder and joy of nature.

Featuring California's Largest Preserve System

Over the past decade, there has been a growing demand for nonprofit organizations to become land stewards and for more individuals to become citizen conservationists, docents, and restoration volunteers.

The Wildlands Conservancy's overarching goal is to call people back to the beauty, wonder, and inspiration of the natural world and to encourage people to be participants in saving our magnificent landscapes and restoring California's rich biological diversity.

Since incorporating in 1995, The Wildlands Conservancy (TWC) has continued to expand its model of land based conservation through our nonprofit preserve system. This system now includes:

  • The west coast's largest nonprofit-owned preserve at Wind Wolves;
  • California's largest nonprofit-owned wilderness at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve;
  • California's longest stretch of nonprofit-owned coastline at Sounding Seas Reserve, and;
  • The largest nonprofit owned river estuary at Eel River Estuary Preserve.

Expanding the Vision

To continue and expand the preservation of California's remarkable and unique landscapes, The Wildlands Conservancy is offering naming opportunities to endow its preserves. An example of this is the Irving and Jean Stone Sounding Seas Reserve. These endowments will enable TWC to build capacity for expansion during challenging economic times.

What better legacy for a corporation or memorial for an individual than to endow the preservation of the beauty and rich biodiversity of a magnificent landscape for public inspiration and enjoyment, now and for generations to come.

To learn how you or your organization can join the legacy of preserving California's remarkable and unique landscapes, contact The Wildlands Conservancy's Executive Office at 909.797.8507.

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Employment Opportunities

Part-time Temporary Naturalist | Wind Wolves Preserve

Long-term Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Camp Host | Mission Creek Preserve

Upcoming Events and Activities

Click on the link the the preserve for more information about specific activities and events.

Oak Glen Preserve

Behold the Beauty - Art In Nature held the third Saturday of the month at 1:30 pm. Great for all ages!

Night Walks held the third Saturday of the month April through October from 7 to 9 pm, and from 5 to 7 pm in November and December (No night walks January, February or March). Ages 8 and up.

Whitewater Preserve

Reservations are required for all programs at Whitewater Preserve. Contact the preserve at 760.325.7222 to reserve your space.

UPDATE: The Stargazing Program scheduled for October 11 from 7 to 10 pm at Whitewater Preserve has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Special Events

none Don't miss Wildlife Weekend at Whitewater Preserve! Enjoy guest speakers on topics of wildlife and research in the local area.

Pacific Crest Trail: Up Close and Personal | October 12th from 2 to 3:30 pm Former TWC ranger, Jamie Haney hiked the Pacific Crest Trail last year. Jamie will share her epic 2600 plus-mile adventure through a presentation with stories and photos. She will bring her backpack, gear and copies of great guide books she used on the trail. Get inspired to do your own day, section, or thru hike, or come because you are curious about the PCT.

Geology with Joe Migliore | December 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 am Part 2 of a Three-part lecture series: “Geology and Landforms of the West” This presentation uses colorful illustrations and animations to demonstrate the inexorable processes of geologic creation and change within Whitewater Canyon. The program will be followed by a short interactive walk to observe visible geologic formations within the canyon. * bring a sack lunch. Ages 12 and up.

Stargazing | December 13 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm Bring your family. Join us in the canyon for an evening under the stars. Learn stargazing tips, how to use a star chart with binoculars, or peer through a telescope into deep space. Bring a chair or blanket, binoculars, and fixin’s for s’mores (campfire subject to weather and fire danger).

Regularly Scheduled Activities

Bird Walks on Tuesdays from 8 am to 10:30 am for all ages

  • Oct 14 & 28
  • Dec 9 & 23
  • Jan 13 & 27

Youth Catch & Release Fishing Two sessions per day starting at 9 am and 10:30 am, held on select Saturdays and Sundays in Fall and Winter. Ages 8 to 18. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

  • Oct 18
  • Dec 6 & 28
  • Jan 11 & 31

Volunteer Projects Volunteer projects start at 9 am. Ages 15 and up.

  • October 5
  • December 7
  • January 4

Red Dome Hike A four-mile round-trip hike with a 50' elevation gain. 9 am to 12 noon on October 19.

Canyon View Loop Hike A 3.5 mile round-trip hike with a 500' elevation gain. 9 am to 11:30 pm on January 17.

Mission Creek to Whitewater Preserve Hike A 6.5 mile moderate to strenuous hike. Hikers will meet at Mission Creek Preserve at 9 am on December 21. Hike concludes around 3 pm.

Pioneertown Mountains Preserve

Guided Hikes All hikes start from the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve Ranger Station at 9 am. Call (760) 369-7105 for reservations.

  • October 11 | Up Canyon to Olsen Ruins
  • October 18 | Chaparrosa Peak
  • October 25 | Up Canyon to Olsen Ruins

To schedule a docent-led hike on Sawtooth Loop call (760) 369-7105

Wind Wolves Preserve

Guided Hikes Take a themed hike this summer! Hikes are held Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 to 10:30 am

Bird Hike the first Sunday of the month from 8 to 11 am

EarthArt held the third Saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 noon

Mommy & Me held the second Sunday of the month from 10 am to 12 noon

Full Moon Night Hike

  • Saturday, July 12 from 7:45 to 9:45 pm
  • Saturday, August 9 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Saturday, September 6 from 6:45 to 8:45 pm

Black Out Night Hike

  • Saturday, July 26 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 23 from 7 to 9 pm
  • Saturday, September 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Outdoor Survival Preparedness held the second Saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 noon

Trash to Treasure held the third Sunday for the month from 10 am to 12 noon