Member Trip: Tejon Ranch Overnight - May 14-15

Saturday through Sunday, May 14-15


Tejon Ranch - nick jensen 8 web

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 12 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 Bryce Kunzel, we will have two days to thoroughly explore the beauty of this rarely visited stretch of beautiful California landscape.

Pricing includes: 

  • Roundtrip transportation from RSABG.
  • One night stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Lebec, CA, just outside of Tejon Ranch. 
  • All meals, beverages and snacks provided by RSABG.
  • An exclusive opportunity to spend two days exploring 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 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 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 / Estimated time of arrival back to RSABG on Sunday, May 15 is 6 p.m.

Trip Pricing: The listed price is per person, double-occupancy per room. A Single Supplement may be purchased if you wish to reserve a room for single occupancy. All accommodations feature two queen beds or one king sized bed; please let us know which you would prefer. All transportation costed are included, as are drinks, snacks and end of the day refreshments. Registration is first-come, first-served. The trip fee includes donations made to the Tejon Ranch Conservation and to Rancho Santa Botanic Garden's Education Department. This trip will fill quickly, don't miss your opportunity!

  • Guest Room - $325 price per occupant - Rooms include either one king sized bed or two queen beds (please request which you would like), free high-speed, wireless Internet access, a 32-inch flat screen HDTV and a continental breakfast. Single Supplement +$100.  

To register or if you have questions about the trip, please contact:

Bryce Kunzel  (909) 625-8767 ext. 251, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Your Hosts and Guides for the weekend:


Bryce Kunzel; Manager of Education Programs (RSABG) - Bryce has a Botany degree with a minor in Forestry: Fire Ecology from Humboldt State University. While at HSU, he worked as field botanist for the National Parks Service on the Fire Effect Crew, based out of Redwood National Park but also working in four other parks in northern California and southern Oregon. He has over 15 years of plant related experience from retail and production nurseries to micropropagation and tissue labs. He has worked at Rancho Santa Botanic Garden for going on three years, starting in the nursery and now as the manager of education programs.

Nick in Hoover Wilderness


Nick Jensen; Ph.D candidate Claremont Graduate University - His doctoral research at RSABG centers on the flora of Tejon Ranch. 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


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 serve 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.