Accomplishments

Our accomplishments towards preserving and promoting Conejo Open Space

Our mission is to promote and maintain the open space and trails of the Conejo Valley, and to educate people as to their roles as custodians and protectors of the open spaces and the environment. Towards that end, we collect funds from generous like-minded folks and help recruit volunteers. We are proud of our accomplishments, some of which are listed here.

To help us continue to improve the Conejo open space areas for everyone to enjoy, please consider making a charitable donation or volunteering some of your time to help. We give a hearty Thank-You to those who contribute towards making the Conejo Valley open spaces such wonderful places to visit!

Some of our accomplishments (View them all.)

Repeat Winner: Randy Wagner Takes ‘Where in the Conejo’ Grand Prize Again! (12/23/2022) - This year, COSF’s popular “Where in the Conejo” monthly contest featured 12 trails or trailside phenomena, challenging contestants to identify them correctly. The previous year, we created a Grand Prize for whoever got the most answers correct. Randy Wagner of Thousand Oaks, who was last year's Grand Prize winner, answered 11 out of 12 “Where” questions correctly this year, besting… (read more...)
Sage Publishling volunteers at Conejo Canyons Trailhead Newbury Park, CA with COSF and COSCA Sage Publishing Volunteers Clean Up the Conejo Canyons Trailhead (10/30/2022) - Nine volunteers from Sage Publishing joined COSF board members Anne and Tania and COSCA rangers Joe and Ryan to clean up the Conejo Canyons Trailhead in Newbury Park on October 20. A short walk from Sage’s offices on Conejo Spectrum St., the trailhead was in need of attention not only because of windblown food wrappers and other debris, but because… (read more...)
COSCA Fall Trailwork Day 2022 John Kross Wishbone Trail COSCA Fall Trail Work Day 2022 Fixes Up the Wishbone Trail (10/28/2022) - An enthusiastic crowd of 55 volunteers turned out early on a cool, overcast morning to work on the Wishbone Trail behind the Westlake Village Community Park on October 15. The trail, which was completed a mere three years ago and is the newest in the Conejo Open Space system, needed clean-up due to hillside sloughing, as well as reshaping in… (read more...)
Board members at the COSF booth at Native Plantpalooza & Eco Fest Inaugural Native Plantpalooza & Eco Fest Draws Crowds of Plant Enthusiasts (10/26/2022) - On Saturday, October 1, COSF launched a live event as part of its popular Speaker Series: Native Plantpalooza & Eco Fest at Conejo Creek North Park. The first-year, free event, which was blessed with mild, sunny weather, featured beekeepers, butterfly experts, master gardeners, naturalists, and others.  Attendees enjoyed presentations from a distinguished lineup including master gardener and herbalist Laura Pasetta… (read more...)
View the recording of Betina Loudermilk’s talk about the plight of the Western monarch butterflies and what you can do to help them survive (6/10/2022) - For COSF’s summer 2022 Speaker Series virtual presentation on June 8, butterfly educator Betina Loudermilk of Betina’s Little Farm & Butterfly Garden gave a fact-filled presentation about the East and West Coast monarch migrations and lifecycles. She discussed the mysterious resurgence of the Western monarchs and the grave threats they still face. Loudermilk detailed her own experiences creating a butterfly… (read more...)
Heidi Marusa and "Jag" show students how to approach a horse. Trails Education Days Makes a Comeback for 2022 (5/8/2022) - Trails Education Days returned to Wildwood Park April 25 to 28 after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the program is to instill youngsters with an appreciation and sense of stewardship of natural open space. It provides lessons on open space for Conejo Valley Unified School District 4th grade students every spring. The Trails Education… (read more...)
COSF produces a new video for Trails Education Days (5/7/2022) - COSF has produced an new high-definition video that Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) fourth grade students watch to get valuable preparation and background information for Trails Education Days. The video that has been in use since 2008 has been retired. The new video takes advantage of state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to engage and entertain the students.  Professor David… (read more...)
Ojai high school student Alessandra Lucchesi Ojai and Newbury Park High School Seniors Win 2022 COSF Scholarships (4/5/2022) - Two Ventura County high school seniors, Alessandra Lucchesi of Nordhoff High School in Ojai, and Molly McNulty of Newbury Park High School, are the second set of recipients of Conejo Open Space Foundation scholarships. The $1,000 annual scholarships support students pursuing environmental-studies-related majors at two- or four-year colleges or universities for an award of as much as $4,000 in total,… (read more...)
Conejo Spring Trail Work Day – What a Success! (3/21/2022) - On Saturday March 19 about 130 volunteers came to help restore the Santa Rosa Trail above Wildwood Mesa to like-new condition! There were enough volunteers that crews also worked on the Teepee, Moonridge and Stagecoach Bluff Trails. The photos in the gallery below are from workers on the Santa Rosa Trail switchbacks, and of noontime lunch at the staging area.… (read more...)
View Dr. Sean Anderson’s talk about the impact of ‘global weirding’ in the Conejo Valley and what you can do to slow it (3/5/2022) - For COSF’s first 2022 Speaker Series virtual presentation on March 2, conservation ecologist Dr. Sean Anderson examined the multiple threats posed to the Conejo Valley by global warming—or “global weirding,” as he calls it because of the bizarre weather events it causes. Dr. Anderson, who chairs the Environmental Science and Resource Management Program at California State University Channel Islands, observes,… (read more...)