During 2020 – 2021, we’re celebrating two decades of successful conservation and education. Join us!

From a small group of volunteers purchasing local open space, we’ve grown to a science-based land conservancy pursuing a rigorous, evidence-driven, regional strategy of acquiring and saving wild lands. We’re looking ahead to the next twenty years of creating sustainable, permanent habitat corridors connecting not just lands and wildlife, but people too.

2020 – 2021 Events

Due to Covid-19, our celebration has been postponed.  We plan to reschedule these events as soon as possible, keeping the health and safety of everyone at the center of everything we do.

20th Anniversary Opening Event, “Observation in the Foothills”

Carnegie Observatories; 813 Santa Barbara St., Pasadena, CA 91101.

Cocktail reception and program featuring the history and power of scientific observation in our area, both on the ground and in the skies. Program in partnership with Carnegie Observatories. By invitation only. See more.

Rosemont Vernal Equinox Night Hike

Rosemont Preserve

Hear AFC advisor & 14th-generation Native Californian Rich Toyon on the vernal (spring) equinox and the cultural significance of this annual event to Native American communities, followed by a night hike through the Rosemont Preserve. Sturdy shoes required. Free. Program in partnership with The Friends of Rosemont Preserve. Register here!

Join our 20th Anniversary conservation weekends full of free events highlighting conservation and the wonderful natural resources along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

LEARN 01: Climate Change & Pandemics

Bob Lucas Memorial Library

Our original program was to be a panel of experts discussing the impact of climate change on the natural world around us here in the foothills. The impact of Covid-19 and the questions it raises about the increased human impact on natural open space and correlation to new diseases has prompted us to create a new program focused on these topics. Program in partnership with the Altadena Library District.

MAKE 01: Plein-Air Nature Sketching

Millard Canyon

Join AFC board member and Disney imagineer Joe Rohde to learn how to sketch in the great outdoors. No artistic experience required or needed – this is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to spend time in nature and express what they see and feel. Sketching materials provided by the Altadena Library. Free; registration required & space is limited – sign up here! Program in partnership with the Altadena Library District.

EXPERIENCE 01: Bird Hike

Descanso Gardens

Come join this walk for birders of all levels and discover the secret world of birds in the gardens. Bring binoculars if you have them; a limited number will be available. Free with admission. Program in partnership with Pasadena Audubon Society & Descanso Gardens.

WATCH 01: The Leopard in the Land documentary film screening

Join AFC board member and Disney imagineer Joe Rohde as well as director and producer Jim McEachen for a screening of the documentary, The Leopard in the Land, followed by a Q&A with both. It tells the story of a month-long horseback expedition across the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia with the intention of painting large scale landscapes to raise funds for Snow Leopard conservation. Facing blizzards, rebellious camels and the rapidly approaching Mongolian winter, it is a pilgrimage that explores why we travel, how we interact with the world, and the monumental effect that has on everything else – including the elusive and enigmatic snow leopard. Free. Program in partnership with the Altadena Library District & Eliot Arts Magnet Academy.

Earth Day 2020: Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day

California Institute of Technology

Join Caltech, the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy, and performers from Earth Arts Collective for a celebration of Earth Day 2020. Featuring photography from AFC Advisor Denis Callet, as well as spoken word and music performances. Program in partnership with Caltech. Private event, by invitation only.



Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy works with urgency to identify, preserve, and steward the most important natural lands and wildlife corridors in and around the San Gabriel and Crescenta Valleys for wildlife, birds and other native animals and plants.

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AFC launched its remote wildlife camera program in 2014 to document wildlife on AFC properties, research potential passageways for wildlife and to engage folks who are unable to visit natural open space. These stunning images help convey our mission.

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AFC feels a strong responsibility to nurture the next generation of land stewards in order to ensure the protection of natural open space in our communities in perpetuity. To do that we have established a strong Conservation through Education Program.

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