Throughout 2020, 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 Calendar of Events
20th Anniversary Opening Event, “Observation in the Foothills”
Carnegie Observatories; Thursday, March 12 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | 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; Saturday, March 28 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
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!
LEARN 01: Climate Change & the Natural World of the Foothills
Bob Lucas Memorial Library, 2659 Lincoln Ave., Altadena, CA 91001; Saturday, April 4 | 9:00am – 11:00am
Hear from a panel of experts discussing the impact of climate change on the natural world around us here in the foothills. Featuring Dana Stangel speaking on wildlife in our backyards, Dave Weeshof (San Gabriel Valley Audubon) on birds, and moderator Mickey Long. Free, no registration required. Program in partnership with the Altadena Library District.
MAKE 01: Plein-Air Nature Sketching
Millard Canyon; Saturday, April 4 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
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; Sunday, April 5 | 9:00am – 10:00am | Center Circle
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
Eliot Arts Magnet Academy; Sunday, April 5 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Auditorium
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; Wednesday, April 22 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Millikan Library, 9th floor
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.
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