Is there a fee for entrance?
We don't charge for admission, but we appreciate donations. You can make a donation here.
How do I check-in??
The preserve has transitioned to a digital check-in system. After you park and enter the pavilion you will see a check-in station to your left with QR check-in signs. Most devices have an automatic QR scanner in your phone's camera. If your device does not, you can also download a QR scanner from your app store. If neither of these solutions work for you, you may click the following link to check-in. When you choose to check-in you allow us to better serve the public and better inform funders of our impact. Thank you.
What should I bring for my visit?
Bring plenty of water, sturdy shoes, and comfortable attire appropriate for the weather. There are restrooms located in the pavilion. Remember to leave the preserve cleaner than you found it.
What is there to do at the preserve?
The preserve has a primary walking trail that's a little over a mile, it loops around the playa lake. There are many areas to explore including the butterfly garden and outdoor classroom. While you discover all the preserve has to offer, consider documenting your experience using our iNaturalist project. You can also participate in our education and wellness programs or sign up to be a volunteer. You can also check our calendar for an upcoming events.
Can I bring food to the preserve?
Food and picnics are not allowed. Your cooperation will help us keep the preserve clean and safe for visitors and wildlife.
Are dogs allowed?
For the safety of visitors, wildlife, and your pets we ask that you leave your pets at home. Service animals are welcome, an outfitted animal is appreciated but not required.
Is there fishing at the preserve?
At the preserve we focus on the conservation of wildlife, we ask that you do not fish.
Can I bring my bicycle to the preserve?
To better share the trails with all visitors, we ask that you leave your bikes at home.
I found an abandoned or wounded wild animal. Can the preserve take it in?
The preserve is not set up for wild animal care or rehabilitation. The animal will be best cared for by contacting a local veterinarian or nearby wildlife rehabilitation center.
Is the preserve accessible for all needs?
The preserve was designed in compliance with ADA standards. We perform routine maintenance, it is possible for a trail to become temporarily inaccessible due to fallen branches or erosion. If you notice an inaccessible trail please contact us here, so we can work to correct it.
When is the preserve open?
The preserve is open Tuesday-Sunday (closed on Monday).
Summer hours: 8am-8pm
Winter hours: 8am-5:30pm
Our gates are managed by our dedicated volunteers and we ask that you plan to leave the preserve 15 minutes before closing.