Luminaria Nights - December *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

Luminaria 2011 - photo by Marge RohrDec. *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20; 6 - 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday nights.

*Friday, December 5 is members-only night.

New, expanded loop trail route! Over a half-mile of luminaria-lit trails.

Illuminated evening walks featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lighting a half-mile, accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa.

Click here to purchase tickets online

PLEASE NOTE our cancellation information:  In the event of event cancellation due to inclement weather, pre-purchased tickets may be used for either: one admission to another scheduled Luminaria Night date in 2014 OR one free general admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (excluding special, ticketed events and expiring one year from ticketed event date). There are no refunds on sales of Luminaria Nights tickets. If weather is questionable, please check back on THIS page on the event date for status updates.

Luminaria Nights Live Musical Lineup

*Friday / December 5 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

*Friday, December 5 is members-only night. Members night includes tastings of jams, sauces, and dips in the Gift Shop, and 25% off all purchases in the Gift Shop that evening (6-9 p.m.). Cannot be combined with other discounts; Friday, December 5 only. Not a member? Become one today!

  • Windsong Canyon - Native American Flutes and world percussion
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"
  • Modal Tease Trio - award-winning old time string sounds servin' up sizzling hot slices of American Folk Tradition
  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Village Pipers - Recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites

Saturday / December 6 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist 
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"
  • Wally Rivas - Acoustic Guitar

[CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER and RAIN] Friday / December 12

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • The Village Pipers - Recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites
  • High Strung String Band
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"

Saturday / December 13 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Windsong Canyon - Native America Flute and World Percussion
  • Claremont Ukulele Club - The Defenders of Fun! (6-8 p.m.)
  • High Strung String Band
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"

Friday / December 19 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"
  • Remember Then - A blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll

Saturday / December 20 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Village Pipers – Recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites
  • Remember Then - A blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll

Ticket Information

RSABG Members: $5 per person (children under 3 free); purchase online with link above or at the Admissions Kiosk in advance or at the gate on the evening of the event.

Public: $5 per person.

Garden admission fees do not apply for this special ticketed event.

Garden Walking Club - Saturday Mornings

Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.

Relieve stress, boost energy levels, improve health, track progress and enjoy the beautiful scenery of California’s native garden on your own or with the group. Participation is free (Garden admission fees apply); register at the admission kiosk.

 "Although I have been visiting the garden for many years, the Saturday walks are the best experiences I've ever had here."

~Ruth Crandall, San Dimas

About the Garden Walking Club

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Walking Club was created to provide members and frequent visitors with the opportunity to participate in a safe, healthy and educational walking experience while enjoying social enrichment, community building, and the wonders of the Garden.

Walking club promotes:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Enjoyment and appreciation of our natural environment
  • Awareness of one's surroundings, as well as ourselves

Walking club is free to join and participate in; register at the admission kiosk. Garden admission fees apply if participants are not RSABG members.

Group walks take place every Saturday beginning at 8:00 a.m. and are approximately 1 hour long, meeting at the admission kiosk. Walking club participants may walk any day or time (during regular business hours), individually or as a group. Informal group scheduling is encouraged. Don’t forget to log your time, distances and observations at the admission kiosk. Specially themed walks will be scheduled and announced via email and posted at the admission kiosk. For more information send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (909) 625-8767.

Track your route and distances using the guide and map available at the admission kiosk, as well as trail markers located around the main pathways of the Garden.

The Garden is laid out in three distinct areas:

Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail: 0.5 mile around
(Or 0.7 mile total roundtrip distance from admission kiosk)

This loop trail highlights Indian Hill Mesa a large flat-topped hill of dense clay soils, heavily planted with mature cultivars and wild species of native plants. Traveling counter-clockwise along the trail you’ll pass the California Cultivar Garden, north mesa restrooms, Walter and Gracie Lantz Outdoor Classroom, California Natives Container Garden, Benjamin Pond and the California Garden Gift Shop and RSABG administration building.

East Alluvial Gardens Trail: 0.9 mile total roundtrip
(or 0.45 mile one direction)

This ‘out and back’ trail travels north from the admission kiosk along the East Alluvial Gardens found at the base of the eastern edge of the Indian Hill Mesa and includes the Desert Garden and the Coastal Dune and California Channel Islands collections. The trail passes the Tongva Village interpretive site and the Majestic Oak before terminating at the Plant Communities Loop Trail.

Plant Communities Loop Trail: 1.0 mile around
(Or 1.7 miles total roundtrip distance from the admission kiosk via the Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail) (Or 1.9 miles total roundtrip distance from the admission kiosk via the East Alluvial Gardens Trail)

This loop trail is accessible from either the Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail or the East Alluvial Gardens Trail. The northern 55 acres of the Garden are home to the Plant Communities with displays of some of our most impressive specimens in the entire collection. The large serene grove of Four-needle Pinyon, the spring-blooming California Flannel Bushes and distinctive jmlhua trees are found here.

 

Family Bird Fest - February 15


Wild Wings of California with Great Horned OwlFebruary 15, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Free with Garden admission

Grab your binoculars for a fun day in the Garden learning about our feathered friends. An educational celebration of all kinds of birds, this annual event highlights the behaviors and physical traits that enable them to survive and thrive. Birdwatchers of all ages can flock to the Garden for a day filled with activities and information for both beginners and enthusiasts.

The Family Bird Fest features knowledgeable birding exhibitors including members of Pomona Valley Audubon Society and Wild Wings of California with live raptors, bird life displays and drop-in family activities, sponsored in part by Pomona Valley Audubon Society.

Visitors can help with the “Great Backyard Bird Count,” an international citizen-science project. The annual event engages people globally in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are throughout the world.

Audubon, Cornell Lab and Bird Studies Canada take a snapshot of the whereabouts of many hundreds of bird species during the "Great Backyard Bird Count." In the past, participants identified 596 species and submitted more than 92,000 checklists, helping scientists track changes in the numbers and movements of birds from year to year. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab, Audubon and Bird Studies Canada. Visit www.birdcount.org to read a summary of the findings.

barnowl wildlens350Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden provides an ideal setting to spot birds that live here or migrate to the region for warmer winter living. Step softly to see them nestled amid lovely ceanothus blossoms or high above in a cottonwood branch.


See photos from our 2011 Family Bird Fest.

For more information, please call (909) 625-8767.

Free Family Bird Walk - Third Saturdays, 8 a.m.

Lesser GoldfinchFree Family Bird Walk, hosted by Wild Birds Unlimited

Third Saturdays, Monthly, 8 a.m. (Walk lasts approximately 1.5-2 hours)

Space is limited to 15 guests.

Free Registration Required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Join Chris Verma of Claremont's Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guides you have and binoculars if you have them.

This special walk is provided by Wild Birds Unlimited of Claremont. There are no fees required to participate, however a free reservation is required.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. For more information about Wild Birds Unlimited, or to learn how to how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home, visit Wild Birds Unlimited of Claremont.