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!

Bluebird. Photo by Grace Cho

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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

Garden Groove Summer Concerts: Thursdays, June 25-July 30

Thursday Evenings, June 25-July 30, 2015

Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking and food service by Gourmet Gourmet Catering. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Enjoy the cool evening air at the Garden with a picnic, great music and good friends.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the California Courtyard, adjacent to the Garden Gift Shop. Buy tickets online or at the gate. Ticket price includes parking and evening admission to the Garden. Limited tickets are available, advance ticket purchase is recommended. No refunds or ticket exchanges. Concert events are subject to change. In the event of cancellation due to weather, concert tickets are valid for one (1) complimentary admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden during regular business hours, expiring one year from concert date (not valid for special or ticketed events). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (909) 625-8767 for more information.

Click here to buy INDIVIDUAL concert tickets online

Individual event ticket pricing:

Members: $5 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)
**NEW** Gold Card & Acorn Level Members are FREE - Must show membership card at concert for complimentary admission.

Public: $8 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)

Click here to buy discounted SEASON tickets online 

Season ticket discount pricing:

Members: $25 for all six concerts (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)

Public: $40 for all six concerts (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)

 

Garden Groove 2015 Lineup
 
June 25: The Blue Breeze Band - Motown R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Blues
July 2: La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashe - Eclectic variety of danceable Salsa, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Merengue and more!
July 9: Remember Then A blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll
July 16: Rushingwind and The Native Groove - Contemporary Native American Jazz, Folk and Blues
July 23: Doc Rock-It - The best dance hits from the 50's to the present in a wide variety of styles including rock, soul, funk, R&B and jazz!
July 30: Louie Cruz Beltran - An extensive repertoire from Brazilian style and Afro-Cuban rhythms, to a blend of R&B, Salsa, Reggae, Latin, Rock and Jazz

Refreshments!

You can purchase food and beverages from Gourmet Gourmet Catering in the California Courtyard the evening of each show. Bert and Rocky's will be selling cool treats. Menu to come!

The 2015 Garden Groove concert series is sponsored, in part, by Golden State Water Company.

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.

 

Photo Contest - Through May 31, 2015

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Submissions Accepted Through May 31, 2015

Included with standard admission or membership. 

We know that many of our visitors are fine photographers, and we're giving you a chance to show off your images! Now through May 31, 2015, submit a photograph to our contest. We will select winners and display them, and several runners-up, in our gallery during the summer.

There will be one winner from each of the following categories:

  • Landscape Views
  • Plants
  • Creatures in the Garden
  • People's Choice

First Prize: The prize for each first place winner in each category is a one-year Family Membership to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG). If you are already a family or individual member, you may extend your expiration by a year or gift the membership to someone else. (Family Membership = two named adults, and their children/grandchildren 18 and younger.)

Runner-up: The prize for the runner-up in each category is a one-year Individual Membership to RSABG. If you are already an individual member, you may extend your expiration by a year or gift the membership to someone else.

All Chosen for Display in the Gallery: The photographer for the photograph(s) chosen for display in the Gallery will receive a re-usable admission pass for two valid during the exhibition, and two admission passes to give away. (One set pet per photographer.)

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How to submit your photo(s)

  1. Photographs must have been taken at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden anytime between May 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015.
  2. The photograph must be your own original work. 
  3. Include a photo subject release for each person whose face is recognizable in a photograph. (Recognizable is subject to interpretation by us, so if you have any doubt, please secure a release.)
  4. All submissions must be digital.
  5. All submissions should be suitable for 8" x 10" printing (e.g. 2800 x 3500 pixels).
  6. You may submit up to five (5) entries.
  7. Send your photograph(s) to photocontest[at]rsabg.org (replace the [at] with @) or on CD by midnight PST on May 31, 2015.

Important Fine Print

  1. Photographs must have been taken at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden between May 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015.
  2. You must observe the standard visitor guidelines while taking your photograph(s).
  3. Submissions become the property of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, for unrestricted use of the photograph without compensation (but with acknowledgement where possible).
  4. Photographs must be received by midnight PST, May 31, 2015. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is not responsible for transmission errors or for CDs that are lost or damaged in transit. 
  5. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden reserves the right to dismiss any entries not deemed by us to meet the contest guidelines. 
  6. Alas, RSABG staff may not participate in the contest.

Teacher Open House

Our annual Teacher Open House will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from  9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Free Registration, Click Here 

  • Free Garden admission for school teachers and administrators and their immediate family.
  • Explore school tour and program displays; complete your passport to be eligible for great prizes!
  • Reserve field trips. Spring reservations fill up quick. Bring your calendar to schedule a fun and educational trip for your students.
  • Stay an hour or stay all day
  • Great prizes and giveaways
  • Complimentary refreshments including continental breakfast.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden offers walking tours and programs that include activity stations to help educate students about the Golden State. Tours and programs convey the importance of native plants, cultures of indigenous people and natural history of California. RSABG tours and programs correlate with K - 8 Cross Curricular Common Core Standards for California public schools.

Read more about RSABG School Tours and Programs