Friday through Sunday, May 15-17
This is an RSABG Members-only opportunity (to view member options and become a member, click here)
Explore the largest contiguous expanse of private land in California. This exclusive trip is limited to just 10 RSABG members to ensure an intimate and unforgettable experience not available to the general public. We'll travel from Claremont to Tejon Ranch to explore this diverse landscape of mountains, canyons, forests and the myriad plant and animal species that call it home. Led by Nick Jensen and Eric Garton, you'll travel in style and be treated to wonderful accommodations, tasty food, and a personalized experience that only small-group travel can deliver. From our cozy 'Bed and Breakfast Basecamp', we'll strike out on day excursions onto the Ranch for themed outings that hghlight the plants, animals and relationships that exist within this vast environment. We'll end each day back at our Bed and Breakfast with our hosts and reminisce on the day's observations over a glass of wine.
- Roundtrip transportation from RSABG
- Two nights accommodations at The Old Bear Bed & Breakfast near Frazier Park, reserved exclusively for our group
- All meals, beverages and snacks
- An exclusive opportunity to visit Tejon Ranch, which is not open to the general public. We have been granted special permission to explore the highlights of the Ranch for this excursion.
- Personalized guest experience provided from RSABG expert staff and representatives of Tejon Ranch Conservancy
- A contribution to support RSABG's Educational Programming
- A contribution to Tejon Ranch Conservancy in support of their conservation mission
Trip will depart from RSABG at 10 a.m., Friday, May 15 / Estimated time of arrival back to RSABG on Sunday, May 17 is 6 p.m.
Trip Pricing: Prices listed are per person, double-occupancy. A Single Supplement may be purchased if you wish to have single room occupancy (see each room description for single supplement price). Price variation is due to pricing of unique guestrooms; please note the details of each and select your desired room/price when registering. Registration is first-come, first-served. This trip will fill quickly, don't miss your opportunity!
- [Booked] Bluebird Room - $375 total price per person - This cozy and charming upstairs room has one queen-sized bed and forest view; shares common bathroom with the other two upstairs rooms, the Pineview Room and Cowboy Room. Ideal for a couple. Single Supplement $125
- Pineview Room - $375 total price per person - This quiet and spacious upstairs room has one king-sized bed and antique furnishings; shares common bathroom with the other two upstairs rooms, the Bluebird Room and Cowboy Room. Ideal for a couple. Single Supplement $125
- Cowboy Room - $375 total price per person - With a western motif, this room overlooks the golf course and has both one queen-sized bed and one twin bed; shares common bathroom with the other two upstairs rooms, the Bluebird Room and Pineview Room. Perfect for friends traveling together. Single Supplement $125
- Garden Room - $360 total price per person - This downstairs room is private and secluded with one queen-sized bed and separate entrance from outdoors; has TV and shares common downstairs 1/2 bath (toilet and sink only). Ideal for a couple. Single Supplement $125
- Orion Room - $425 total price per person - This is an extra large, private ground floor room with private 3/4 bath, one king-sized bed and one queen-sized sofa bed, separate entrance, TV, and DVD player. Ideal for small group of friends traveling together or two couples. Single Supplement $175.
Your Hosts and Guides for the weekend:
Eric Garton; Director of Visitor Services and Education - Formally trained as a Wildlife Biologist with a B.S. emphasizing ecology and forestry from the University of Idaho, Eric began his career with the US Forest Service. Later in 2001 as Public Programs Manager with the Desert Botanical Garden, he was able to combine his knowledge and appreciation for natural systems with his passion for creating educational and unforgettable guest experiences. Over eight years he led hundreds of day and extended trips around the Southwest and Mexico. Eric has been with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden since 2010 and continues to enjoy providing memorable experiences for learners of all ages. (Photo: Eric Garton - On the Edge - Elegante Crater, Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, Sonora, Mexico)
Nick Jensen; Nick has been working as a horticulturist and professional botanist since 2000. His doctoral research at RSABG centers on the flora of Tejon Ranch, which is located primarily in the Tehachapi Mountains. Nick is also interested in gaining a greater understanding of the threats to California's plants, and relationships among southern California Streptanthus (jewelflowers), a new species of which was discovered by Nick on Tejon Ranch in 2013. Prior to his graduate career, Nick served as the Rare Plant Program Director for California Native Plant Society and has worked as a botanist for the US Forest Service, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the private consulting industry. His special insight and familiarity with Tejon Ranch really bring this trip to life! For more about Nick and his work on Tejon Ranch visit his website: Tejon Flora.org (Photo: Nick Jensen - Botanist on the Rocks - in the Hoover Wilderness northeast of Yosemite National Park)
Special Guest presenters TBD:
About Tejon Ranch
At nearly 270,000 acres, the historic Tejon Ranch is the largest contiguous expanse of private land in California. Its 422 square miles make it about as large as the City of Los Angeles and about 40% the size of Rhode Island. The property is located along Interstate 5, approximately 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Bakersfield.
Tejon Ranch was founded in 1843 as a Mexican land grant. In the decades that followed, the Ranch grew in size as additional land grants were purchased by Tejon's founder, General Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a historic figure in early California. Today, the 270,000-acre Ranch is the principal asset of Tejon Ranch Company, which was incorporated in 1936. The company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TRC.
Tejon Ranch is focused on carrying out its long-term vision of conservation, continued ranching and farming, and the creation of high-quality, environmentally sensitive communities on a small portion of its land. In May 2008, Tejon Ranch reached agreement with five of the nation's largest and most respected environmental resource organizations on a comprehensive ranch-wide conservation and land use plan. The agreement with Audubon California, Endangered Habitats League, Natural Resources Defense Council, California's Planning and Conservation League, and the Sierra Club, calls for the permanent conservation of up to 90% of the Ranch. It also establishes and provides the mechanism for funding the independent non-profit Tejon Ranch Conservancy that is working with Tejon Ranch Company to manage the conserved lands.
As part of the Agreement, the environmental organizations have also agreed not to challenge the Ranch's real estate efforts on the remaining ten percent of its property, which are focused on three separate master-planned communities: the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center, a 1,450-acre commercial/industrial center located at the junction of Interstate 5 and Highway 99; Centennial, a new town that is designed to served as a model of sustainable development for 21st century California; and Tejon Mountain Village, a world-class mountain resort community.
In addition to its ranching, farming and real estate activities, the Ranch also has hunting, mining and oil production operations. The diverse topography of Tejon also makes it a favorite location for the filming of movies, television programs and commercials.