Facilitated by the Mojave Sector of California State Parks in conjunction with these California State Park Cooperating Associations:
 PRMDIA, Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum
and/or the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association

December 7                       Holiday on the Homestead - Fund raiser for FAVIM

January 1                             First Day Hikes at Saddleback Butte and Red Rock Canyon State Parks 

January  22                         Support Saddleback Meeting 10 AM Saddleback Butte State Park

February 1                          Volunteer training for new Poppy Reserve volunteers*

February 8                           Volunteer training and potluck for all Poppy Reserve volunteers

March 1                              Poppy Reserve Visitor Center Opens for 2020 Season

April 4 and 11                    Volunteer Training for Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park*


*New volunteers are encouraged to contact Jean Rhyne: or 946-6900  prior to the training

#OptOutside on Green Friday Hike at Red Rock Canyon State Park

 Turn "Black Friday" into "Green Friday" on a hike in your California State Parks! As an alternative to stress and consumerism on Black Friday (the day after thanksgiving), invite someone to join you in choosing the outdoors over fighting it out in the aisles.

For “Green Friday,” Red Rock Canyon State Park is offering a challenging guided 7.5-mile hike through the unique and beautiful rocky and sandy terrain of Hagen Canyon, Whistler Ridge, Red Rooster and Mushroom Rock Wash, including a short stretch of serious rock scrambling. The route is for moderate to advanced hikers; there will be opportunities along the route to return on your own to the parking area. 

 Meet hike leader Alice at the Hagen Canyon parking lot at 9 a.m., on Abbott Drive just off of Highway 14 (pay the $6/vehicle parking fee at the visitor center kiosk before meeting up). Lots of water, snacks, lunch, layered clothing, sun protection, and shoes with good traction are necessary. Gloves for rock scrambling areas (gardening gloves are adequate) and trekking poles are recommended. No dogs are allowed on this guided hike, and only heavy rain will cancel.

 REI has celebrated Green Friday with #OptOutside since 2015. This year they’re doing more, with a nationwide day of action—kicking off a year of change. Here’s how to start: Continue to act with 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it.

 For questions about the Green Friday hike at Red Rock Canyon State Park, contact hike leader Alice at For more information about Red Rock Canyon State Park, visit or

When: Friday, November 29, at 9 a.m.Where:  Red Rock Canyon State Park, 37749 Abbott Drive, Cantil (22 miles north of Mojave on Hwy 14, near California City)




Make Fresh Garland and Help Decorate

Antelope Valley Indian Museum for the Holidays

 Volunteers are needed to help make fresh garland and vintage-style decorations for the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, so it looks and smells festive for Holidays on the Homestead!

 All ages and experience levels are invited to help. Museum decorating days are Tuesday December 3rd and Friday December 6th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday December 4th from 1-5 p.m. (this is a great project for student volunteering requirements). Come any time during the activity hours and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, and holiday music while you work! You may also take home your own small creation made from the extra tree trimmings. After 3 hours of service, volunteers will receive a free pass for the December 7th Holidays on the Homestead event.

 Email to RSVP for park entrance authorization, or for more information about the activity. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit!



Chili, Crafters, and Cowboy Songs at

“Holidays on the Homestead”

 Chili heads and crafters: spots are available for the chili cook-off and craft boutique!

Email for applications and info! 

The Antelope Valley Indian Museum will host the 9th annual Holidays on the Homestead celebration on Saturday, December 7th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.  Originally a 1930’s homestead, the museum’s historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style and feature live acoustic music around a campfire, a chili cook-off, tours of the grounds, a country craft boutique, real cowboy coffee brewed over the fire, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids! Explore the unique hand-built museum and whimsical grounds at night, with soft lighting and the smell of fresh greenery, and the wintery sky sparkling over the desert.

 Stay warm around the blazing campfire while cowboy-singer Michael Tcherkassky, “The Saddle Serenader”, croons the romantic poetry about life on the range that cattlemen composed by day during their journeys across the old west, and then shared around the campfire when the sun went down. Michael has performed traditional cowboy songs and poetry for many years at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country.

 The country craft boutique features unique gift ideas, made by local artists. The crafters carry on the artistic tradition of Howard Arden Edwards, who built the Indian Museum to display his collection of American Indian artifacts. The Craftsman-style building is decorated with his colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture. 

 Rose Edwards was known for her tasty rib-sticking chili and cornbread feasts at their holiday celebrations. Try the chili cook-off entries and Rose’s original 1930 Christmas Chili recipe, complemented by delicious cornbread generously provided by The Lemon Leaf Café. 

 Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are free.

 The Antelope Valley Indian Museum is located at 15701 East Avenue M in Lancaster, near Lake Los Angeles. Information can be found at and, or call (661) 946-3055 (711, TTY relay service). Please come out for this special holiday event, rain or shine, and support the museum!

 When: Saturday, December 7 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Rain or Shine!

Where: Antelope Valley Indian Museum, 15701 East Avenue M, Lancaster (near Lake Los Angeles)

From Hwy 14, take Avenue K east, turn right on 150th Street East, and left on East Avenue M. The museum is on the left.





Poppy Reserve Volunteer Training for 2020 Wildflower Season

 The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve’s two-day volunteer training for the 2020 spring wildflower season will be held on Saturdays February 1st and 8th.  Learn about the wildflowers, wildlife, history and volunteer duties at the training, and then meet people from around the world that have come to see our beautiful wildflowers! Volunteer opportunities include staffing the visitor center and gift shop, walking the trails, and/or leading tours. 

 Volunteers may range in age from student to senior citizen, and no experience or prior knowledge is required. Volunteers must be interested in learning, and have a positive, friendly attitude. New volunteers must attend both training days and pass a background check. The active season is from March 1-May 10 (Mother’s Day), and a minimum average of 8 hours per month is required (scheduling is flexible).  Call (661) 946-6900 or email for more information or to sign up for the training.

 When:  9 am – 3 pm, Saturdays February 1 and 8 (new volunteers must attend both days)

 Where: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, 15101 Lancaster Road, Lancaster.

Directions:  From Hwy 14, go west off the Avenue I exit and continue 15 miles.  Avenue I turns into Lancaster Road; the reserve is on the right. 

From Hwy 138, go south on 170th Street West and left on Lancaster Road.  The reserve is on the left.




Volunteer Training for

Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park

 Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park in Tehachapi needs volunteers! California State Parks is offering a training for volunteers to assist with any of the following activities: leading tours, promoting the park at festival booths, presenting school group programs, archaeological site monitoring, assisting at special events, and other duties. Learn about the culture and life ways of the Kawaiisu Indians, wildflowers of the Tehachapi Mountains, wildlife, the region’s colorful history, and volunteer duties at the 2-day training. 

 No experience or prior knowledge is necessary, and all ages are welcome.  Volunteers must be interested in learning, and have a positive, friendly attitude.  Activities and schedules are flexible, based on abilities and interests. Applicants must complete the training and a background check before beginning volunteer work.  Call (661) 946-6900 or email for more information, or to sign up for the training. 

 When:  9 am – 3 pm, Saturdays April 4th and 11th (must attend both training dates)

Where: Training sessions will be held at Tehachapi Community Congregational Church’s Friendship Hall, 100 East E Street, Tehachapi (park in lot on the east side of the building)