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Calendar of Events and Activities

Nature Center events and activities are listed on the calendar at www.sgm-conservancies.info.  Stop by to see what is going on that could be fun for you and your family.

brodiaeaFeatured Story | Pacific Southwest Region


Abundant winter rain this year ushered in a series of super-blooms in southern California, including the thread-leaved brodiaea in the foothills of the San Gabriel …

The Brodiaea has Bloomed!

For pictures of our SUPERBLOOM 2017 Brodiaea filifolia sightings, please visit www.glendoraconservancy.org/brodiaea.shtml.

Fall Planting

The Demonstration Garden (drought tolerant, water efficient examples) is an acre large with the completed companion Eagle Scout Project Nature Trail (adjacent) for comparisons of the existing ecology of Santa Fe Dam with a variety of examples selected for "making choices among drought tolerant and water efficient plant species" for Homes, Businesses, Schools, Churches, and Parks.

COME & SEE at the Workshop (flyer)!  On Saturday, November 4 at Santa Fe Dam Nature Center from 10 am to noon.  Cost is free.  Call the District at (626) 338-7301 ext. 203 or register at the District office.  Reservations required to receive a "Workshop Pass" for complimentary entrance to the park.

Wildflowers of the San Gabriel MountainsWildflowers of the San Gabriel Mountains

Readers of this user-friendly guide can swiftly and successfully identify the blooms with vibrant color photographs capturing both the plant in its full glory and the intricacies of each blossom.

The guide is available as an e-book from Amazon.
To order this guide and preview the first 20%
of the book, please visit the

The second edition of SGMRC's Wildflowers of the
San Gabriel Mountains is available from the SGMRC Store for $20 postpaid.

Watershed Workshops, Forums, Speakers, Presentations, Projects

If your neighborhood, group, or crew is interested in Watershed Workshops and/or Forums, as well as Water Conservation, Native Plant Gardens, and Habitat Restoration Projects, contact us to set up a Workshop or Training.  Registration is required for workshops of 10 - 15.

Contact us to schedule Wildflowers of the Local Trails speakers and presentations, as well as Wildflower Walks (plus Weed Walks and presentations too).

If you are one of the fortunate communities with a local conservancy or land trust, ask about the Regional Conservancies Roundtables & Projects Workshops by contacting director@sgmrc.org.

Galster Wilderness Nature CenterSanta Fe Dam and Galster Wilderness Nature Center education opportunities.  Please stop by both the Nature Center Network web page and the Galster Wilderness Nature Center web page for more information.

Welcome to the gateway to the San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy (SGMRC), a nonprofit public benefit corporation. SGMRC is devoted to watershed management and a great variety of other projects in the San Gabriel River Watershed of eastern Los Angeles County. Included in the region are the San Gabriel Mountains, River, Valley and related areas.

Our mission is to promote the preservation of land and/or buildings for historic, educational, ecological, recreational, or open space opportunities. You play a huge part in completing this mission.

Great headway has been made since 1997 when the SGMRC was established in developing numerous partnership activities and in grants and donations made to the conservancies and land trusts of the San Gabriel Valley. Among such recent planning efforts and transactions for preservation, more than 2,000 acres of open space have been strategically targeted to protect watershed, regional wildlife, open space corridors and mutual resource protection for multiple purposes. Your help is needed in many ways to assist in this mission and to protect the watershed of the San Gabriel River from its headwaters in the mountains to the Pacific Ocean at Seal Beach.  One third of the land, the water, and the people of Los Angeles are served by the San Gabriel River Watershed.  Celebrate with SGMRC - 15th Anniversary in 2012!

The backbone of the San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy is the many people who devote their time to the organization. There are a number of volunteer opportunities that may interest you as Docents, Trail Guides, Office Personnel, Program Presenters and Program Assistants at the Santa Fe Dam and Galster Wilderness Park Nature Center. There are committees being formed, coffee klatches being held and workshops scheduled to which you may be able to contribute.

Projects are underway through SGMRC that may be of particular interest to you and to which you could offer expertise and time. These include the Santa Fe Dam and Galster Wilderness Park Nature Center and adjoining Native Plant Garden Project, Environmental Roundtables, Mitigation Projects, Land Acquisition Planning and Projects, as well as the comprehensive San Gabriel River Watershed Management Plan. As you can see, there are many different interests that may match your own and we really need your input and assistance.

Donations, of course, are always welcome. Donations can be cash, in-kind donations, office space, a life insurance policy with SGMRC as the beneficiary, land and/or historic buildings. You could donate your historic home to the organization and continue to live there for your lifetime.

We would be happy to hear from local and regional agencies and organizations that offer grants for which we may apply that would assist in the acquisition and management of watershed properties.

Please explore this gateway at your leisure. Comments, suggestions, questions, donations and offers of assistance may be sent to:

P.O. Box 963
Glendora, CA 91740

or e-mailed to director@sgmrc.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

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