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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Temporary Preserve Closure

UPDATE 4/16/14: Whitewater Preserve is now open daily from 8 am to 5 pm for visitation and hiking access. The one-day closure scheduled for Thursday, April 17, has been rescheduled to Friday, April 18. Please check back for updates.

Employment Opportunities

Full-time Ranger | Whitewater Preserve

Long-term Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Camp Host | Mission Creek Preserve

Upcoming Events and Activities

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

Oak Glen Preserve

Volunteer Days Held the second Saturday of the month from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Ages 12 and up.

  • April 12

Behold the Beauty - Art In Nature Held the third Saturday of the month at 1:30 pm. Great for all ages!

  • April 19
  • May 17

Night Walks Held the third Saturday of the month April through October from 7 to 9 pm, and November through March from 5 to 7 pm. Ages 8 and up.

  • April 19
  • May 17

Astronomy NightsJoin us for some stargazing with special guests San Bernardino Valley Astronomers and their telescopes!

  • Saturday, April 26 from 7:30 to 10 pm

Whitewater Preserve

Reservations are required for all programs at Whitewater Preserve. Contact the preserve at 760.325.7222 to reserve your space.

Mission Creek to Whitewater Preserve Hike from 9 am to 3 pm on Sunday, April 13. This is a great way to see two of our desert preserves and venture into the backcountry. The 6.5 mile moderate to strenuous hike begins at the Mission Creek Preserve gate and ends at Whitewater Preserve. Call Whitewater Preserve at 760.325.7222 to make a reservation and for important additional information.

Bird Walks on Tuesdays from 8 am to 10:30 am for all ages

  • April 22
  • May 13 & 27

Catch and Release Fishing for Kids two sessions on Saturdays at 9 and 10:30 am for ages 8 to 18

  • April 27
  • May 3

Canyon View Loop Hike from 9 to 11:30 am

  • Saturday, April 26
  • Sunday, May 4

Power Walk from 8:30 to 9:30 am

  • Saturday, May17

Pioneertown Mountains Preserve

Guided Hikes All hikes start at 9 am. Call Pioneertown Mountains Preserve at 760.369.7105 to find out more about hike distances and difficulty and to reserve your spot.

Geology Hike | Saturday, April 26th

Sawtooth Loop

  • Saturday, April 19

Wind Wolves Preserve

Guided Hikes In January and February these two-hour hikes take place on Saturday and Sunday at 9 am and 1 pm. Starting in March and April the hikes will be available on Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon.

Bird Hike the first Sunday of the month.

  • May 4 from 7 am to 12 noon

EarthArt from 10 am to 12noon

  • Sunday, April 19
  • Sunday, May 17

Mommy & Me held the second Sunday of the month from 1 to 3 pm

Night Hike

  • Saturday, May 17 from 6:45 to 9 pm

San Emigdio Canyon Hike Held the first Saturday of the month from 8 am to 3 pm.

Outdoor Survival Preparedness Held the second Saturday of the month from 1 to 3 pm in February and March and from 10 am to 12 noon in April and May.

Trash to Treasure

  • Sunday, April 20 from 10 to 12 noon
  • Sunday, May 18 from 10 to 12 noon