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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Upcoming Events and Activities

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

Oak Glen Preserve


Volunteer Day Join Oak Glen Preserve staff on Saturday, December 13th from 9 am to 1 pm for a festive volunteer day! Hot cider for all who participate! All ages welcome.

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.

Special Events

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

  • 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.

  • Dec 6 & 28
  • Jan 11 & 31

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

  • December 7
  • January 4

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

Earth Art December 20 from 11 am to 1 pm

Mommy & Me December 14 from 11 am to 1 pm

Outdoor Survival Preparedness December 13 from 11 am to 1 pm

Movies in the Canyon December 12 from 4:30 to 7 pm

Backcountry Adventures December 13 from 8 to 10 am

Full Moon Night Hike December 6 from 4:15 to 6:15 pm

Winter Solstice Night Hike December 21 from 4:15 to 6:15 pm

El Camino Viejo Wilderness Hike December 7 from 8 am to 3 pm

Birding Hike December 7 from 8 to 11 am