September 27, 2014, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A special event celebrating 50 years of the Wilderness Act! The California Wilderness Coalition, Angeles National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management, Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest, RSABG, and others are partnering for this event to celebrate our amazing wilderness areas.
There are two parts to the celebration: the Wilderness Fair, and Walk for the Wild. You can sign up to participate in the walk or just come enjoy the festival with partner booths, food trucks, Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, and more. It's also National Public Lands Day!
There is a registration fee for the walk that includes Garden admission; if you don't want to walk, the rest of the Wilderness Fair is free. Registration for the Walk for the Wild is $12 per person through Active.com through September 16. Registration increases to $20 on September 17.
Interested in photography? Submit an entry to our wilderness photo contest! Photos must be your own and taken in a designated wilderness area. See http://hostphotocontest.com/contest/wilderness50 for contest rules and information.
Check back often as we build this list of participants and activities.
The Green Truck to Go: http://greentruckonthego.com/
The Grilled Cheese Truck: http://www.thegrilledcheesetruck.com/
The Lobos Truck: http://www.thelobostruck.com/
Recess Ice Cream Truck: http://recesstruck.com/
Beer garden sponsors:
Angel City Brewing Company: http://angelcitybrewery.com/
Dale Bros.: http://dalebrosbrewery.com/
Sierra Nevada: http://www.sierranevada.com/
The Trapdoor Social: http://www.trapdoorsocial.com/
Ventucky String Band: http://ventuckystringband.com/
Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade: http://www.sugarmountainmamaserenade.com/
Festival participants & activity booths:
Angeles National Forest
Boy Scouts of America
Bureau of Land Management
California Wilderness Coalition
Conservation Lands Foundation
Grow Native Nursery
Joshua Tree National Park
Leave No Trace
The Mojave Desert Land Trust
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
Pacific Crest Trail Association
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
San Bernardino National Forest
San Dimas Mountain Rescue
San Gabriel Mountains Forever
San Gabriel Mountains Trail Builders
San Gorgonio Wilderness Association
Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
Sierra Club San Gorgonio Chapter
Southern California Mountains Foundation
Student Conservation Association
Wilderness Photo Contest
The Wilderness Society
Free Family Bird Walk, hosted by Wild Birds Unlimited
Saturday, October 25, 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.
September through June; First Sunday of each month, beginning 8 a.m.
Free reservation; CLICK HERE to make your free reservation.
Family Bird Walks are free to the public courtesy of our sponsor, Pomona Valley Audubon Society. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guide books you have and binoculars. Limited loaner binoculars may be available to use during the walk.
Take a leisurely walk through the Garden to see and hear the numerous bird species that migrate through the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. Beginning and experienced birders are welcome to help find birds in the Garden. Our collaborative efforts usually produce a good variety of local birds, and we always have a great time!
Family Bird Walks are sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. There are no admission fees, but a free reservation is encouraged. Visitors need not be an RSABG member to participate!
Also check out our popular Family Bird Festival held in February.
Saturday, September 20
Open-house style from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The day will feature FREE admission for Claremont residents who bring a recent Southern California Edison Electric bill or Southern California Gas Company bill (must present a bill to the admissions kiosk for free admission). Sustainable Claremont members will be on hand to assist you in getting signed up - or making progress on your entries - for the Cool California City Challenge [did we mention it's FREE, non-invasive, and FUN - - oh yea, and you can help Sustainable Claremont win a part of the $50,000 prize purse for our city's efforts! Currently we're in SECOND PLACE, narrowly behind Riverside - - YOUR participation will make the difference in earning enough points to take control of FIRST PLACE and a larger share of the prize. The challenge is nearly through, ending Monday, September 29th at 11:59 p.m. There is still time, we can win this!
Our Cool California City Challenge Party features complimentary refreshments on the Garden Shop patio, music, the chance to get registered on the spot if not already (we'll have laptops available and support standing by), as well as opportunities to learn more about the Cool California City Challenge and other local sustainability efforts, including representatives from local utilities.
If you'd like to get a headstart visit the Cool California City Challenge website (or enter this link into your browser: https://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/challenge/index.php?type=login)
Sponsored by Sustainable Claremont and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Read more in the Daily Bulletin Article
Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014, 5:30 until 9 p.m.
Friday, October 17 is RSABG members-only night!
Come to Things that Go Bump in the Night and meet the owls, opossums, spiders and plants who rule the Garden at night!
Things that Go Bump in the Night is a fun evening family event to observe and learn about plants and animals that are most active at night. Visitors follow Garden paths with a passport to visit interactive stations exploring the nocturnal world and its amazing critters.
This year's highlights include:
Wild Wings of California with several raptors including live owls! Please note Wild Wings of California will be onsite until 8 p.m. each event evening.
Poppy the opposum and her wildlife rehabilitator Janet Chaney - Because, of course, 'possums are awesome!
The World Famous Spider Show - In this very entertaining comedic "bug" show, children of all ages learn all about how spiders have adapted to catch their prey in different ways. Then, the kids' acting skills will be tested as some of them will become the spider and prey in a hilarious group of interactive theatrical "skits." This is fun for the whole family.
Kimmi Kraus returns with Project Wildsong to dispel myths and misinformation by providing interpretation and education about their live wolves, Ambassador Wolf Damu and Ambassador Wolf Cael, inspiring visitors with their beauty and with the truth about wolves.
October 4, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Members only, 8 -10 a.m.
Buy beautiful California native plants at Grow Native Nursery’s season opening spectacular.
The Fall Planting Festival at Grow Native Nursery at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will showcase thousands of California native and water efficient plants, many propagated from our own collections and not available anywhere else. Proceeds support Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden programs.
The Fall Planting Festival features:
Enormous native plant selection
Seeds and bulbs
RSABG research plants
Decorated Grapevine wreaths (photo album)
Native plant experts table
Free Garden admission
Beer and wine available for purchase
Click here to > Download plant list availability (Coming soon!)
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden has been selling California native plants since 1978. Don’t miss this ideal opportunity to purchase hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind natives and to get your gardening questions answered by friendly, experienced botanic garden professionals and volunteers.
Free lectures & workshops!
10:00 a.m. Traditional and Medicinal Uses of Native Plants, Nicholas Hummingbird (20 min)
10:30 a.m. Garden Design Principles, Carol Bornstein (30 min)
11:30 a.m. TBA
Noon Life After Lawns, Molly Bogh (30 min)
1 p.m. Traditional and Medicinal Uses of Native Plants, Nicholas Hummingbird (20 min)
Live musical entertainment, artists to be announced
(8 a.m.-12 p.m.) and (12:30-3:30)
Gourmet food truck: Peaches' Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen
RSABG Acorn Members may purchase plants a day early!
A special "personal shopper" evening pre-sale with light refreshments on Friday, October 3, exclusively for Acorn members: stay tuned for your invitation, or become an Acorn member today!
Dec. *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.
November 15 and 16, 2013, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Native American dancers, singers, artisans and tribal leaders join us to celebrate our connections with California native plants. Fall is a time of harvest and festivities for Southern California Indians. The live oak (Quercus agrifolia) was an important and major food source.
This event is free with Garden admission. Some activities require a small materials fee.
Special offer for teachers! Free admission to the Garden on November 15 and 16. Current teachers who present a valid California I.D and a school ID or copy of a paystub within the last 30 days. This offer is valid for teachers currently teaching grades K through 12 and does not extend to family members or guests. Many of the activities of Acorn Festival are closely aligned with the Native Partners program at RSABG (read more about Native Partners).
Guided Tram Tours
Third Sunday of every month, 10 a.m.
First come, first served. Seating is limited.
Advance tickets may be purchased online - CLICK HERE
Tours are 60-90 minutes in length.
See the plant communities of the California coast and Mojave Desert in an hour! The RSABG Guided Tram Tour offers guided exploration of the Garden’s northern 55 acres and highlights the beautiful and amazing diversity of the California Floristic Province.
Tickets are available in person at the admissions kiosk or online. Tickets $5 per person; ticket required in addition to standard Garden admission or membership.
Cross Sections of a Landscape - a photographic series
Detail shots of native flora transformed into images of otherworldly, macro landscapes. Right: Hora de Oro (Golden Hour of Light) archival pigment print.
Burgess comments, "Intellectually, my work is located at the intersection of art, botany and conservation biology with a focus on drought-tolerant California native flora. Although not overtly political, my work raises questions about habitat conservation and water as the new black gold. I am deeply involved in the California native plant movement."
Exhibition runs August 2 through November 2, 2014
Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission to the gallery is included with standard admission or membership. The gallery is located just east of the Gift Shop in the main administration building. Click here to download the artist's statement.
Selected images from the exhibition are below.
Vermilion, archival pigment print
Orange Puff, archival pigment print
Crystalline, archival pigment print
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.
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.