Free Family-Friendly Bird Walks

Birding at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Over 147 species of birds have been observed here at the Garden in Claremont. Join us for one of our free bird walks to learn more!

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September through June; First Sunday of each month, beginning at 8 a.m.

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.

Please call (909) 625-8767 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. The Pomona Valley Audubon Society’s newsletter “Chaparral Naturalist” is available at RSABG’s California Garden Shop.

 

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Lesser Goldfinch

Third Saturdays, beginning at 8 a.m.

Space is limited to 15 guests.

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.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. For more information about Wild Birds Unlimited, or to learn how to how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home, visit Wild Birds Unlimited of Claremont.

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For more information about birds and birding visit Pomona Valley Audubon Society and Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology's ebird.org.

Game of Thorns - Exhibition

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Game of Thorns: The Art & Armaments of Botanical Warfare

November 12, 2017 through Fall 2018

Game of Thorns, an outdoor exhibition at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, focuses on the art and armaments of botanical warfare. Over millions of years, endless duels between California native plants and their predators have given rise to the incredible thorns we see today. The exhibition features these living fortresses and showcases their weaponry through large-scale macro and microscope photography, gigantic sculptures, immersive exhibits and more. 

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When it comes to war, plants don’t retreat. Rooted to the ground like castles of old, plants have evolved an array of armaments to defend against their mortal enemies. This floral arms race has produced a stockpile of protrusions, from spines as sharp as samurai swords to insidious barbs that resemble  whaling harpoons. Perhaps all of us have experienced the unexpected wrath of a plant’s thorns, spines, needles, prickles or barbs. With anatomical names as diverse as the pained noises they can cause, plants have independently evolved these protrusions many times over. Barbed, hooked, serrated and envenomed, microscopic or massive, warningly poised in vivid color or stealthily hidden, the arsenal and qualities of botanical weapons are limitless.

Indeed, the botanical battlefield is a Game of Thorns.

 

The exhibition is open to the public daily, 8 am - 5 pm, in the Container Garden.  Admission to the exhibition is included with standard admission or membership.

Exhibition Sponsors: 

Linda and Paul Des Marais

Gagnier Margossian LLP

Historic Inns of Twentynine Palms: 29 Palms Inn | Campbell House

Randall and Janell Lewis at Casa Rosa

Northern Trust

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Game of Thorns: Grove of Thorns

Now through August 2018

Discover the weaponry of California native plants on massive scales in the Grove of Thorns! Part of the Game of Thorns exhibition, these giant crystalline thorns reveal the anatomy and eerie beauty of thorns, spines and prickles from battle-ready plants. Visit this surreal grove, free with general admission, now through August 2018. We thank our sponsors and community of Kickstarter backers that made this epic exhibition possible.

Game of Thorns, an outdoor exhibition at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, focuses on the art and armaments of botanical warfare. Over millions of years, endless duels between California native plants and their predators have given rise to the incredible thorns we see today. The exhibition features these living fortresses and showcases their weaponry through large-scale macro and microscope photography, gigantic sculptures, immersive exhibits and more. 

 

Exhibition Sponsors: 

Linda and Paul Des Marais

Braeger Construction Inc.

Gagnier Margossian LLP

Historic Inns of Twentynine Palms: 29 Palms Inn | Campbell House

Randall and Janell Lewis at Casa Rosa

Northern Trust

Yvonne Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kickstarter: Game of Thorns!

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This fall, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will unveil "Game of Thorns," an exhibition focused on the art and armaments of botanical warfare. Over the course of millennia, endless duels between native plants and their predators have given rise to the incredible thorns we see today. The exhibit will feature these living fortresses and will showcase the weaponry of California's great botanical "houses" that defend themselves with honor, chief among them: House Agave, House Cactaceae, House Legume, and House Rosa.

This project funded the creation of eight glass thorns - including one for each of the major houses. Each thorn measures 36" in height, is lofted off the ground and lit in spectacular fashion!

It is not too late to support this project! Help us make Game of Thorns legendary and inspire people to connect with their environment through art. Every additional $1,000 will allow us to create another thorn for the Garden's exhibition. Choose your side on the botanical battlefield! Join a house; sponsor a legend.

Reinforcement Backers

For a limited time the below rewards are available for Reinforcement Backers.

$25 - Reinforcement Backer (you receive: thank you letter, one-time-use admission ticket for one person to the Garden to see the exhibit and one sticker (house of your choice)

$50 - Reinforcement Backer (you receive: thank you letter, one-time-use admission ticket for one person to the Garden to see the exhibit, suite of four stickers (one from each house).

$100 - Reinforcement Backer (you receive: thank you letter, two one-time-use admission tickets to the Garden to see the exhibit, suite of four stickers (one from each house).

$250 - Reinforcement Backer (you receive: thank you letter, two one-time-use admission tickets to the Garden to see the exhibit, suite of four stickers (one from each house), and invitation for two people to the VIP opening reception of Game of Thorns at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden).

$500 - Reinforcement Backer (you receive: thank you letter, two one-time-use admission tickets to the Garden to see the exhibit, suite of four stickers (one from each house), invitation for four people to the VIP opening reception of Game of Thorns at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and Game of Thorns t-shirt).

$1,000 - Reinforcement Backer (you receive: thank you letter, two one-time-use admission tickets to the Garden to see the exhibit, suite of four stickers (one from each house), invitation for four people to the VIP opening reception of Game of Thorns at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and Game of Thorns t-shirt).

 

Library Book Sale: January 29 - 31

 

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Monday, January 29

Tuesday, January 30

Wednesday, January 31

For Staff, Students &

Volunteers Only

For Everyone! For Everyone!

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Each Day

East Classroom

Get your hands on an amazing selection of books on botany, gardening, birds, insects, natural history and odds and ends. Payments can be made with cash, checks or credit cards.

Milford Zornes: The Claremont Years

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November 10 - February 22

10 am - 4 pm daily

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The Claremont Museum of Art presents paintings by Milford Zornes, a leader of the Califronia watercolor movement, with a focus on three decades when the artist lived and worked in Claremont. 

 

Curated by the Claremont Museum of Art | Sponsored by Curtis Real Estate

 

 

 

 

Spiked Fridays in the Grove of Thorns

 

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Friday Nights in March, 5:30 pm - 8 pm in the Grove of Thorns 

Spiked plants make fabulous spiked drinks - get even with the plants that cause you pain and enjoy wicked cocktails made with spiny botanicals. Sip away in the Grove of Thorns, an installation of gigantic spines, prickles and thorns - brilliantly lit on these magical evenings. The menu will include four dangerously delicious cocktails - representing the four epic houses of the Game of Thorns: Rosa, Agave, Cactaceae and Legume. Live music, unbeatable ambiance and spiked drinks will make these Friday nights too good to miss. 

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$15 per person (includes 1 cocktail or beverage). Must be 21+ to attend.

Additional cocktails are $8 each. Beer and wine are $4 per glass. 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Plant Sale & Free Admission Day - Saturday, March 3

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Grow Native Nusery Hours: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Garden Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate spring with great deals on a wide selection of California native plants at our Grow Native Nursery (GNN)! In addition, get inspiration for your yard or outdoor space with free admission to the Garden.

The Rules of the Game (of Thorns): How plants defend themselves and fight back!

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Saturday, March 31, 9 am -12 pm

Just think of it: You're a plant, rooted to the ground, and some hungry animal is headed your way. How do plants "know" when they are under attack, and how do they protect themselves?

In this workshop, Loraine Washburn, PhD, RSABG Laboratory Manager and Conservation Botanist, (and interpreter of the Game of Thorns exhibit), will introduce you to the many ways that plants defend themselves in the face of threats from all kingdoms of life: insects, mammals, fungi, and other plants.

With a special focus on the defenses featured in the Game of Thorns exhibit, this experiential and interactive workshop will invite you to closely examine and contemplate plants both as prey and as defensive living organisms. We will focus first on plants in the exhibit, and then also walk in the Garden to gain appreciation of the many evolutionary pathways that have allowed California native species to defend themselves from their enemies.

$20.00 Public, $15.00 RSABG Members and Students with ID

Please meet at the Game of Thorns Exhibit in the Container Garden. Registration is required.

 

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If you need special accommodations, please contact Community Education Coordinator, Diana Nightingale at least three days prior to the talk at (909)-625-8767 ext. 251 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.