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    Lecture by FSCR Chair Jim Danza 
    “Unlocking the Santa Clara River: Trails, Access & Education”

    When: 6:30pm – 8:00pm  Thursday, January 30th, 2020

    Where: 2700 Seaglass Way – Oxnard, CA 93036

    Free event. Limited seating for this event!  To sign up and for more information, please visit REI Events.   More info:

    Jim Danza, Chair of Friends of the Santa Clara River and Professor of Geography and Environmental Science at Oxnard College, will entertain you as you learn about the current plans to engage people with walk/hike/bike trails and education facilities. Jim has been instrumental in bringing collaborative efforts to a multi-agency, multi-city project that will unify Santa Clara River, from Santa Paula to the river mouth at the Pacific Ocean.

    Additional dates will be posted on under events!


    Fillmore Fish Hatchery Ethnobotany Nature Trail Work 

    When: 9am – 12pm
    Feburary 15th, 2020
    March 21st, 2020

    Where: 612 E Telegraph Road – Fillmore, CA (map)

    Join REI employees along with Sierra Club and FSRC volunteers in helping to build the Sespe Cienega Ethnobotany Trail and wildlife habitat this Friday 29th November 9.30 am-12.30 pm. As always bring plenty of water to drink, closed toed shoes and a sun hat. Could be slightly muddy after rain. Tools provided and you’re welcome to bring your own. Lots of planting, mulching, trail building and seed collecting to do. To find us follow the sign to the Fillmore Fish Hatchery from the 126 Freeway. Some parking available, always cool to carpool. carpool!

    Additional dates will be posted on under events!


    Volunteer at the Hedrick Ranch
    Nature Preserve

    Saturday, February 1st
    Sunday, March 8th
    Saturday, April 4th

    Where: 20395 South Mountain Road – Santa Paula, CA 93060 (map). Directions: From the entrance on South Mountain Road, drive down the field road to the kiosk at the HRNA entrance.

    HRNA has been protected for wildlife and Santa Clara River restoration for many years and volunteer days are essential to help to maintain and continue the effort. Help nature whilst sharing a morning with the birds, plants and wildlife who call it home. Here is the monthly schedule, please note if the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday! Tools and gloves are available but you’re very welcome to bring your own. Please bring water to drink and clothes to work in vegetation that may have some poison oak and brambles.

    We will work in light rain but cancel if heavier. Please look out for updates prior to the day.

    Additional dates will be posted on under events!

    Santa Clara River Watershed;
    3 peaks, 3 county, two separate day hike series

    Join Sierra Club for watershed treks!  Jim Danza, Chair of Friends of the Santa Clara River, will be a guest educator providing fascinating natural history of the watershed and why it matters. Two separate day hikes will be offered. Weather and closures my result in locations changes or cancelation.  Go to for details and updates.

    MOUNT PACIFICO Loop Trail:  Saturday, February 8, 2020. 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Carpool meeting location:  Starbucks 650 Ventura St (also known as Hwy 126) · Fillmore, CA. Mount Pacifico Loop Trail is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palmdale, California that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as difficult. Guest speaker Jim Danza will be educating us on the watershed and why it is important. We will meet in Fillmore at Starbucks off the 126 to carpool up to the trailhead. Please bring 2-3L water, snacks, lunch, and a layer to change in and out of due to weather. We will be moving at a moderate pace, please be sure you can keep up.

    MOUNT PINOS AND SAWMILL PEAK  Saturday April 7.  Details will be posted on in advance.  Mount Pinos to Sawmill is roughly 10.8 mile trek roughly 1500 feet elevation gain. WINTER CONDITIONS EXPECTED.  BE SURE YOU ARE FIT FOR A WINTER TREK.  WINTER GEAR, SNOW SHOES, AND 10 ESSENTIALS REQUIRED.  The trail features a beautiful forest setting at high elevation.  Starting at the Chula Vista Trailhead in Los Padres National Forest, trekking to Mt Pinos (Ventura Co) and then Sawmill (Kern Co.).  We will be carpooling from Fillmore at 9am, Starbucks 650 W Ventura st. The drive is approximately 1.5 hours long and should be arriving at the trailhead at 10:30am. Please bring 2-3L water, lunch, snacks and appropriate attire for winter trek at 8,000 feet. LNT (Leave No Trace) We will be packing out everything we bring on the trail. Forest pass is needed per car.  To sign up and for the latest information and contact, go to


    Thursday April 23 2pm-8pm

    Oxnard College’s Event Series – OC Live!, Friends of the Santa Clara River, and some great partners and sponsors will present a great gathering our community centered on the river!
    The Santa Clara River is one of southern California’s largest rivers.  Mostly unknown to residents, the river remains an underutilized corridor ready for its next phase: A river parkway providing biological resources, recreation and education.  A sustainable coexistence must be struck with human needs, such as water supply, flood protection and land development, and habitat preservation and recreation.  The conference brings together Ventura County agencies, educators, students, and the public to hear from innovators who are leaders in sustainability.
    Oxnard College Performing Arts Building and Conference Center

    Conference Details and Registration Coming Soon!

    Friends of the Santa Clara River

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