Several of our preserves are accessible only via docent led walks and special volunteer events.

Black Lake Preserve (Nipomo Dunes) –

This preserve in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes offers views of Black Lake, birding opportunities, and boasts a display of Monarch butterflies each spring. It is also an active restoration area for dune scrub habitat. See our events calendar for tour dates.

Octagon Barn Center (SLO) –

Call our office at 544-9096 to arrange a tour of San Luis Obispo’s historic Octagon Barn. Restoration of the structure has recently been completed, and the area is now poised to become a cultural hub in the coming years.

Filipponi Ecological Area (SLO) –

Owned by the City of San Luis Obispo, this unique 80-acre property has been restored over the last decade by The Land Conservancy. We occasionally lead educational expeditions into this area.

Turley Vineyards (Paso Robles) –

This historic and resource-rich landscape is permanently protected with a donated conservation easement, meaning the land will forever remain in working agriculture. Visit the tasting room and be sure to thank owners Larry & Suzanne Turley for donating the land for conservation.

Hidden Springs Christmas Tree Farm (Atascadero) –

When you need a Christmas tree, consider buying it from The Frank Family in Atascadero. The Franks have been farming the land for four generations and donated a conservation easement to forever protect the rolling hills, sturdy oaks and clear waters that surround their tree farm.

Future preserves

We expect to bring access to additional preserves over the next few years.

Black Lake Canyon Preserve (Nipomo) –

This site will be opened with a trail following some habitat restoration, additional land conservation, and construction of a trail.

Lower San Luis Obispo Creek Floodplain Preserve –

This preserve will, one day, be part of the Bob Jones City to the Sea Trail that joins San Luis Obispo with Avila Beach. The Land Conservancy owns 1.5 miles of the future route.