Free Family Bird Walks sponsored by Pomona Valley Audubon Society

September through June; First Sunday of each month, beginning 8 a.m.  Western Bluebird. Photo by Grace Cho

Free reservation; CLICK HERE to make your free reservation.

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.

 

 

 

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

Garden Walking Club - Saturday Mornings

Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.

Relieve stress, boost energy levels, improve health, track progress and enjoy the beautiful scenery of California’s native garden on your own or with the group. Participation is free (Garden admission fees apply); register at the admission kiosk.

 "Although I have been visiting the garden for many years, the Saturday walks are the best experiences I've ever had here."

~Ruth Crandall, San Dimas

About the Garden Walking Club

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Walking Club was created to provide members and frequent visitors with the opportunity to participate in a safe, healthy and educational walking experience while enjoying social enrichment, community building, and the wonders of the Garden.

Walking club promotes:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Enjoyment and appreciation of our natural environment
  • Awareness of one's surroundings, as well as ourselves

Walking club is free to join and participate in; register at the admission kiosk. Garden admission fees apply if participants are not RSABG members.

Group walks take place every Saturday beginning at 8:00 a.m. and are approximately 1 hour long, meeting at the admission kiosk. Walking club participants may walk any day or time (during regular business hours), individually or as a group. Informal group scheduling is encouraged. Don’t forget to log your time, distances and observations at the admission kiosk. Specially themed walks will be scheduled and announced via email and posted at the admission kiosk. For more information send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (909) 625-8767.

Track your route and distances using the guide and map available at the admission kiosk, as well as trail markers located around the main pathways of the Garden.

The Garden is laid out in three distinct areas:

Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail: 0.5 mile around
(Or 0.7 mile total roundtrip distance from admission kiosk)

This loop trail highlights Indian Hill Mesa a large flat-topped hill of dense clay soils, heavily planted with mature cultivars and wild species of native plants. Traveling counter-clockwise along the trail you’ll pass the California Cultivar Garden, north mesa restrooms, Walter and Gracie Lantz Outdoor Classroom, California Natives Container Garden, Benjamin Pond and the California Garden Gift Shop and RSABG administration building.

East Alluvial Gardens Trail: 0.9 mile total roundtrip
(or 0.45 mile one direction)

This ‘out and back’ trail travels north from the admission kiosk along the East Alluvial Gardens found at the base of the eastern edge of the Indian Hill Mesa and includes the Desert Garden and the Coastal Dune and California Channel Islands collections. The trail passes the Tongva Village interpretive site and the Majestic Oak before terminating at the Plant Communities Loop Trail.

Plant Communities Loop Trail: 1.0 mile around
(Or 1.7 miles total roundtrip distance from the admission kiosk via the Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail) (Or 1.9 miles total roundtrip distance from the admission kiosk via the East Alluvial Gardens Trail)

This loop trail is accessible from either the Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail or the East Alluvial Gardens Trail. The northern 55 acres of the Garden are home to the Plant Communities with displays of some of our most impressive specimens in the entire collection. The large serene grove of Four-needle Pinyon, the spring-blooming California Flannel Bushes and distinctive jmlhua trees are found here.

 

John Svenson: For the Love of Wood

November 8, 2014-February 22, 2015Svenson Madonna - web

Presented by Claremont Museum of Art

Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Included with standard admission or membership. Claremont Museum of Art Members receive free Garden admission with proof of membership during the exhibit.

Over a lifetime of creating sculpture in many media, John Svenson's work in wood stands out and expresses his love for this living material. The exhibition John Svenson: For the Love of Wood begins with a one-day display at the Padua Hills Art Fiesta on November 2, then moves to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, opening November 8. John Edward Svenson's love of nature and mastery of his materials is evident throughout his large body of work, which ranges from small wood carvings to monumental public commissions. A native of the Pomona Valley, he studied art at Claremont Graduate School and worked for many years with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and numerous public works in California and Alaska.

Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, November 14, 5-7 p.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Artist John Svenson will be honored at the opening reception of the exhibition John Svenson: For the Love of Wood. Admission to RSABG will be free for this event. Public are welcome to attend.


About the Artist

Svenson - MaryJean owl3-4SM -webOver a lifetime of creating sculpture in many sizes and medium, John Edward Svenson has had a love affair with wood. "There is a direct connection to the material, one can observe the grain and understand the life of the tree. If I am lucky, I can express this life and create something of beauty" says Svenson. Understanding natural form through flora and fauna is at the core of his creations. John began working in wood as a child and never stopped. Unlike materials such as bronze, which require multiple processes, working in wood is time consuming but immediate. The act of carving wood is therapeutic and personal. John Svenson was born in Los Angeles in 1923 and grew up on a citrus grove in the Pomona Valley. After WWII, the GI Bill allowed him to attend Claremont Graduate School to study art at Scripps and Pomona College. For many years he worked with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and many public works in California and Alaska. His sculpture and medallic work are held in numerous public and private collections in national and international locations. Teacher Albert Stewart and mentor Paul Manship nominated Svenson to the National Sculpture Society in 1966 and he advanced to "Fellow" in 1971.

Luminaria Nights - December *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

Luminaria 2011 - photo by Marge RohrDec. *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20; 6 - 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday nights.

*Friday, December 5 is members-only night.

New, expanded loop trail route! Over a half-mile of luminaria-lit trails.

Illuminated evening walks featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lighting a half-mile, accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa.

Click here to purchase tickets online

PLEASE NOTE our cancellation information:  In the event of event cancellation due to inclement weather, pre-purchased tickets may be used for either: one admission to another scheduled Luminaria Night date in 2014 OR one free general admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (excluding special, ticketed events and expiring one year from ticketed event date). There are no refunds on sales of Luminaria Nights tickets. If weather is questionable, please check back on THIS page on the event date for status updates.

Luminaria Nights Live Musical Lineup

*Friday / December 5 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

*Friday, December 5 is members-only night. Members night includes tastings of jams, sauces, and dips in the Gift Shop, and 25% off all purchases in the Gift Shop that evening (6-9 p.m.). Cannot be combined with other discounts; Friday, December 5 only. Not a member? Become one today!

  • Windsong Canyon - Native American Flutes and world percussion
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"
  • Modal Tease Trio - award-winning old time string sounds servin' up sizzling hot slices of American Folk Tradition
  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Village Pipers - Recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites

Saturday / December 6 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist 
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"
  • Wally Rivas - Acoustic Guitar

[CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER and RAIN] Friday / December 12

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • The Village Pipers - Recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites
  • High Strung String Band
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"

Saturday / December 13 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Windsong Canyon - Native America Flute and World Percussion
  • Claremont Ukulele Club - The Defenders of Fun! (6-8 p.m.)
  • High Strung String Band
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"

Friday / December 19 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"
  • Remember Then - A blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll

Saturday / December 20 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Village Pipers – Recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites
  • Remember Then - A blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll

Ticket Information

RSABG Members: $5 per person (children under 3 free); purchase online with link above or at the Admissions Kiosk in advance or at the gate on the evening of the event.

Public: $5 per person.

Garden admission fees do not apply for this special ticketed event.