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Photo Above: Jane Pinheiro at the dedication of the Poppy Reserve on April 14, 1976. Herbert Rhodes, Director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation is on the left and William Penn Mott Jr, President of the California State Parks Foundation is on the right.
Jane Pinheiro and the
History of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

"The story began when Jane Pinheiro (known as the "Poppy Lady" to many in the western Antelope Valley), a group of dedicated citizens, and the local Daughters of the Golden West had a dream. The dream envisioned establishing an area to protect and honor the California Poppy which has officially been the State Flower since 1903. Even as early as the 1950s it was apparent that urban development would endanger and destroy the vast local natural lands of the poppy along with the Joshua tree and other important wildflowers. It would be close to 30 years before the dream became reality."


Read more about artist and activist Jane Pinheiro and the story of the creation of the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve State Parks. Two memoirs are available to download below, courtesy of the Poppy Reserve Mojave Desert Interpretive Association.