Big Events for a Bright, Beautiful Spring

February 26, 2010

Here at SRT, we’re positively giddy about the bold beauty of spring that is about to dazzle our hillsides with vibrant life and color. As you’ve likely noticed, many trees are already blooming. And the green hills, freshly rained upon, glean a near iridescent green. Soon, the bright, young green oak leaves will begin to flourish upon sturdy branches that have stood as stark silhouettes against the winter sky. And of course, the radiant rainbow of wildflowers are preparing to make their annual appearance – brilliant purple bush lupine, radical orange poppies and coquettish yellow fiddlenecks, among many more.

For all of these reasons, ‘tis the season to celebrate nature.

And for all of these reasons, we have prepared a great menu of options to get you all outside to enjoy the season that makes our valley shine.

PHOTO CONTEST: “How do you view your landscape, through the seasons?”

SRT just launched a photography competition that asks all nature and/or photography enthusiasts to get out and express themselves through their own vision of the landscape.

We are interested in seeing the role that natural and agricultural spaces play in people’s lives. Each person has a different way of seeing the landscape, and we want photographs that exhibit your unique perspective. Ask yourself what you see when you look at an open field, an oak tree, a farm or a wild animal. What do you think about? What does that say about the role it plays in our community?

If this sounds fun and interesting to you, please send us an email at to receive a full list of contest details, rules and prizes. More importantly, you’ll be signing up to receive periodic updates about exclusive photography opportunities on SRT preserves and photography workshops. Don’t miss out on the spectacular season of spring wildflowers! However, we also encourage photographs taken from all four seasons of our ever-changing valley and foothill landscape, even photos you’ve previously taken.

Competition winners (22 in all) will have the privilege of seeing their photos displayed as part of the Arts Visalia exhibit in November 2010, in conjunction with the 2nd annual Kaweah Land & Arts Festival.

Please send us an email today to receive more info.

5K Earth Day Trail Run/Walk at Kaweah Oaks Preserve – 4/24/10

What better way to show your appreciation for your local landscape than to get outside and take a jog or a stroll along oak and sycamore-lined trails at Kaweah Oaks Preserve? Please join us for the first 5K Earth Day Trail Run at KOP. If you’ve been wanting to try out trail running, but were afraid of the hills, then this is the race for you. The 5K course will take you along two of the four flat dirt trails (Sycamore and Swamp Trail) that make up Kaweah Oaks Preserve’s 322-acre oak woodland. Along the way, don’t forget to say hello to the several species of birds and critters that happily make the preserve their home. The course is primarily flat and will be mostly single-track with some double-track trails. Medals will be awarded to all participants. Refreshments will be provided after the race. The race will take place rain or shine.

When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 8:00 a.m. The preserve will open at 6:45 a.m. for event-day registration.

How: Sign up by April 15 for early registration: $20. Early registration ensures that you will receive a commemorative KOP 5K Earth Day Trail Run t-shirt in your requested size, as well as a finisher’s medal.

Registration after April 15 and on event day: $25.

While supplies last, participants will receive a race t-shirt and a finisher’s medal. Age group winners will receive eco-friendly prizes made by local elementary school students.

Download your registration form today!

Who: Sequoia Riverlands Trust, in conjunction with local business sponsors and the Visalia Runners Club, is putting on this 5K fun run to celebrate the beautiful natural resources that define our little piece of Earth here in the southern San Joaquin Valley. If you’d like to promote your business or organization as a race sponsor (in the amount of $100, $250 or $500), please view this flyer and contact

Annual Wildflower Walk at Lewis Hill Preserve – 3/6/10

lewis hill wildflower walk

Join us for a Saturday stroll and wildflower immersion experience at Lewis Hill Preserve. We will be taking a guided tour of wildflowers including the rare striped adobe lily (Fritillaria striata), a wonderfully fragrant flower with one-inch, white to pink petals and narrow red stripes. This is a unique opportunity to access Lewis Hill Preserve, which is only open to the public once a year for this spectacular guided walk. Bring your friends, bring your family!

When: Saturday, March 6, 2010, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Who: Fletcher Linton, botanist for the Sequoia National Forest, will present this program about the unique geology that creates just the right conditions for the rare striped adobe lily.

Where: The preserve is located just north of Porterville. From Highway 190 in Porterville, exit at Plano, one-and-a-half miles east of Highway 65. Drive north four miles to the crest of the first hill. The preserve is on the west side of the road. Park along the roadway at the top of the hill. Carpooling is encouraged.

Bring: Water, snacks, layered clothing, sturdy walking shoes, sun screen, hat, binoculars, wildflower book (optional) and a friend. Dogs are not permitted at the preserve.

Cost: $10 for Sequoia Riverlands Trust members; $15 for non-members. Become a member that day and attend the walk for free! Memberships begin at $35 for an individual or $50 for a family.

More spring events can be found on our website. Stay tuned, we will be adding other exciting events!