February 14, 2016, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Included with Garden admission
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. Wild Wings will be on site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be bird life displays, child-friendly crafts, and drop-in family activities. This year we are happy to feature Mrs. Nelsons Book Fair, selling a wide selection of books chosen with the Family Bird Festival in mind.
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.
Rancho 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 ceanothus blossoms or high above in a cottonwood branch.
The 2016 Family Bird Festival is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited Claremont.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Join us for free admission in honor of spring, with a 20% off sale at Grow Native Nursery Claremont. Light refreshments will be served in the morning at Grow Native Nursery.
The Garden is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 4:30).
A special RSABG member reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of the Flow exhibit in the gallery.
April 16-18 Annual Wildflower Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 18 Wildflower Show Senior Day
Free Garden admission, complimentary walking and tram tours for guests over the age of 65.
Our Annual Wildflower Show centers around an amazing display of California Wildflowers gathered and on display in the East Classroom, featuring:
Southern California wildflowers gently collected and brought indoors for an intimate viewing at the Wildflower Show, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Intimate educational experiences within the wildflower display room from the experts, featuring plant families and collection sites.
Research projects underway by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden graduate students and scientists to document the rich flora of Southern California.
The Garden wildflowers. From Fay's Wildflower Meadow to Ceanothus and Salvia across Indian Hill Mesa, the Garden is in full bloom.
A tradition since the early 1930s, the Wildflower Festival is Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's longest-running seasonal event and coincides with our state-recognized California Native Plant Week, (the third week of April each year)
Over the years, the show has offered an opportunity for visitors to view flowers of species that they may not have otherwise been able to see. Flowers are gently prepared, carefully identified and exhibited indoors.
The week proceeding the show, teams of RSABG staff, volunteers and research associates undertake spring collecting trips to sites where studies to document the flora are underway, adding to scientific knowledge of these poorly known places and sharing the beauty of California wildflowers with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden visitors. The geographically-diverse approach offers a diverse variety of species gathered and creates a beautiful and educational display.
The flower species collected are dependent upon many factors, including seasonal rainfall. This variability produces a tremendous variety of flower species every year. After the wildflower show, many of the specimens are made available for research and education for RSABG staff and students, others are offered to local botany classes for study and the flowers in suitable condition may be preserved in a collection for future generations to learn from and enjoy.
And as a reminder, we hope you are able to take the time to visit local wildflower habitats, but please do not collect plants from the wild.