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Ojai Wild!

Sunday, April 19, 2015
2:30 – 5:30

at The Thacher School’s picturesque Diamond Hitch Camp
along the foothills of the Los Padres National Forest
5025 Thacher Road, Ojai (directions)
Map to Diamond Hitch from Campus

Gather with family and friends to celebrate a decade of conservation victories at our Eighth Annual celebration at Diamond Hitch Camp, a picturesque site near Thacher Creek along the foothills of the Los Padres National Forest! Enjoy a gourmet barbeque supper under the oaks, live music, nature walks, and a silent auction followed by a spirited live auction. Join us in celebrating the coming of Spring and our region’s wild places and wildlife. See you at Diamond Hitch!


Nature Hikes

Our naturalists will take you on an adventurous trek through the foothills of Diamond Hitch Camp, sharing stories about local plants and wildlife and the surrounding terrain. These hikes begin at 1:00pm and conclude in plenty of time to attend Ojai Wild! at 2:30.


Benefit Auction

Join together with family and friends and get ready to bid on a unique and exciting collection of items that will be offered at this year’s live and silent auction. View our premier live auction item and silent auction contributors – and check back often as more items are added in the days and weeks ahead.


Supper & Spirits

Delicious hors d’oeuvres served with brews from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., white wine from Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, and red wine from Martian Ranch and Vineyard, Casa Barranca, and Harrison Clarke Wines, followed by a gourmet barbeque under the oaks prepared with local and organic ingredients and a delicious dessert all provided by Chef Richard Maxwell and his crew. Vegetarian options available. See the menu here!


Live Music

We’re excited to host funky-folk band, Blue Suede Sus, as this year’s live music performance!  This fun and exciting band is fronted by vocalist and guitarist, Sus Corez. Supporting her are Meiners Oaks residents, Barney Tower on guitar and mandolin, and Rosie Tower on bass, both of whom have played with just about everyone including the Restless Hillfillies. Last but not least, the band is rounded out by the accomplished violin player, Bob Ryman from Ventura.


We are proud to offer a sustainably-produced event with recycling and composting provided by The Thacher School, and green power provided by California Solar Electric. All event materials printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper to protect the environment.


General Admission: $95, Reserved VIP tables: $800. Reservations are required, as space is limited and this event will sell out. To make your reservation or for more information, please call us at (805) 617-4610 ext.2, email info@LPFW.org, or purchase your tickets online. All proceeds benefit Los Padres ForestWatch and our ongoing efforts to protect wildlife habitat and wilderness landscapes. Thanks for your support!




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 Griffin & Rachael Barkley
Ruth Lasell & Robert Bonewitz
Dick & Marilyn Mazess
Steve & Sharon Metsch
Michael Mulligan & Joy Sawyer-Mulligan
Allan S. Morton & Peet Steinmetz
Nancy Even & Joel Ohlgren
Jon & Erin Ohlgren
Gail Osherenko & Oran Young
Russ & Barbara Radom
Bill & Jill Shanbrom
Richard & Paula Whited
Richard & Frederica Welch


More being added daily!

Bear Vault
Beckmen Vineyards
Black Diamond
Bragg Live Foods
Cachuma Press
Castoro Cellars
Channel Islands Sportfishing Center
Circle Bar B Guest Ranch
Condor’s Hope Wines
Eagle Creek
Halper Fine Art
Island Packers
Island Seed and Feed
Lanny Kaufer
Marcia Burtt Studios
Martian Ranch & Vineyard
Ojai Alisal Vineyard
Ojai Valley Athletic Club
Santa Barbara Frame Shop
Santa Barbara Yoga Center
Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
Saucelito Canyon Vineyard & Winery
Su Nido Inn
Ventana Wildlife Society
Ventura Marriott



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punta mita 0015 Nights and 6 Days at Casa Puesta del Sol
Valued at $9,000

Experience the pleasures of paradise for 5 nights and 6 days at Casa Puesta del Sol, located on the beach in Punta Mita, a picturesque fishing village nestled on México’s Riviera Nayarit thirty minutes north of Puerto Vallarta.

This beautiful traditional hacienda-style home offers 6 bedrooms which sleep 12 total, a private pool, and chef and maid service. It is situated on an acre of land, surrounded on three sides by tropical foliage on a bluff overlooking the ocean, beautiful white-sand beaches, and turquoise waters that boast some of the best snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, surfing, and whale-watching in the world. Steps lead down to the beach from the house, and the surf spot is over a reef. Depending on the direction of the swell it can be a really good surf break.

This exclusive villa is minutes from several authentic Mexican villages with restaurants and shopping, and ten minutes from two world-class Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses featuring the world’s only natural island green. Click here for more photos.

Enjoy incredible beaches, lush jungles, and an authentic taste of rural Mexico. The Punta Mita area is old México, the laid-back beach town surfers and off-the-beaten-track visitors have been seeking out since the 1960s. The village is tiny, with a handful of casually charming beachfront restaurants.

punta mita aerialThe shoreline is fringed by nine miles of pristine white sand and rugged lava rock formations. Rising in the background are the jungle peaks of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The Marieta Islands – a national park – are a 15 minute boat ride from Punta Mita, and are one of the most important places for marine bird watching in México and the eastern Pacific tropics, as well as being a shelter for countless varieties of marine species. The surrounding Bahía de Banderas, one of the world’s largest natural bays, is the calving grounds for countless humpback whales that come here each year.

Just 30 minutes away, downtown Puerto Vallarta offers all the amenities of a resort city, with its heart the famed Malecón, a long pedestrian promenade flanked by the beach on one side and endless shops and restaurants on the other.