Coastal dunes, one of the threatened California ecosystems, found at Moss Landing, California, north of Monterey.
Moss Landing Coastal dunes, one of the threatened California ecosystems, found at Moss Landing, California, north of Monterey. © Kiliii Yuyan

Legacy Club

California & Nevada Legacy Club Field Trips

Our Legacy Club field trips provide a behind-the-scenes look at our work, access to TNC staff and a chance to meet fellow Legacy Club members.

The Nature Conservancy is committed to the health and safety of our valued supporters and staff. Due to the ongoing development of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and recommendations by the CDC and WHO, field trips through May 1 have been canceled.

We will determine the status of the Field Trips to Sierra Valley and Dangermond Preserve on April 1st, 2020. We appreciate your understanding as we work to navigate this unprecedented situation and take prudent steps to ensure our community stays safe. We look forward to continuing these experiences once we are in healthier times.

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Consumnes River Preserve—Sacramento County, CA

Wednesday, January 29, 2020  |  A major stop on the Pacific Flyway, this 50,000-acre preserve hosts thousands of resident and migratory birds, including lesser and greater sandhill cranes. See TNC’s agricultural water management and habitat restoration strategies in action. The trip culminates with a viewing of sandhill cranes at sunset.


Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve and Rainbow Canyon—Riverside County, CA

Thursday, March 26, 2020  |  Hike through shady oak woodlands and chaparral at this 4,344-acre reserve in the Santa Ana Mountains. See our 73-acre Rainbow Canyon property to learn how TNC and our partners are combating development and fragmented habitats by creating networks of connected natural lands here and across the state.


7J Ranch—Nye County, NV

Saturday, April 4, 2020  |  This 900-acre ranch is dotted with springs and naturally irrigated meadows that harbor native fish, amphibians and spring snails found nowhere else in the world. Join us to learn how TNC is conserving this important landscape at the headwaters of the Amargosa River.


Gabilan Ranch—Monterey County, CA

Wednesday, April 22, 2020  |  Minimally developed and sheltered by Fremont Peak to the north, this 11,000-acre ranch explodes with wildflowers each spring. Spend Earth Day on this working cattle ranch and learn firsthand how TNC uses conservation easements to permanently protect landscapes and preserve a cultural heritage of land management and ranching.


Kern River Preserve—Kern County, CA

Friday, May 1, 2020  |  Located in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of Isabella Lake, this 3,000-acre preserve is one of California’s finest remaining riparian forests and accommodates an unusual mix of wildlife, plants and more than 300 species of birds. Join us for a springtime hike when songbirds are migrating and wildflowers are in bloom.


Sierra Valley—Nevada County, CA

Friday, May 15, 2020  |  Explore the beautiful Sierra Valley by foot and watercraft.* The valley supports the greatest concentration and variety of birds in the Sierra. Discover how TNC is deploying innovative strategies to preserve the valley and other large-scale natural lands in the U.S. and abroad.
*Watercraft rental and fee ($40/person) only applicable if paddling conditions allow.


Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve—Santa Barbara County, CA

Thursday, June 4 or Friday, June 5, 2020  |  This 24,500-acre preserve is an active cattle ranch located at Point Conception—a critical juncture between Northern and Southern California—and stitches together a network of protected areas covering 125,000 acres of ecologically important, climate-resilient habitat. Join us for a tour* of this magnificent coastal property and hear about our plans for its future.
*Nonrefundable, $25/person fee for shuttle service on the preserve.


Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve—Moss Landing, Monterey County, CA

Friday, September 18, 2020  |  The 7-mile-long Elkhorn Slough provides critical habitat for more than 100 species of fish, thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds, and California’s densest concentration of southern sea otters. Explore the reserve on foot and learn firsthand about TNC’s efforts to conserve coastal habitats in the face of sea-level rise.


Ring Mountain Preserve—Marin County, CA

Wednesday, September 23, 2020  |  This preserve is renowned for its unique geology, rare plant species and stunning 360-degree vista of the San Francisco Bay Area. Enjoy an afternoon hike and find out how TNC’s work on the preserve is helping species adapt to climate change and how TNC is driving conservation in other urban areas throughout California.


Point Arena-Stornetta—Mendocino County, CA

Saturday, October 3, 2020  |  Part of the California Coastal National Monument, this stunning property boasts spectacular views of coastal bluffs and the estuary of the Garcia River, where we are in the early phases of a restoration project. Explore a rarely visited part of the California coastline while learning about our current work in the area: protecting endangered coho salmon and researching the impacts of sea-level rise.


Los Angeles River—Los Angeles County, CA

Friday, October 23, 2020  |  Los Angeles is one of the most populous cities in the world and many of its waterways have been paved and channelized, but nature still manages to flourish in these conditions! Visit the LA River and see how TNC’s urban restoration work benefits both nature and human communities.

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