Poppy Reserve Volunteer Training 2019 - Saturday, February 2

12 new volunteers braved the wind and rain to attend day 1 of this year's training. Congratulations to all! Look forward to seeing you next week to meet returning volunteers and enjoy a potluck lunch!
7th Annual First Day Hike

More than 90 hikers joined us for the 7th annual First Day Hike at Saddleback Butte State Park. Despite record cold temperatures, all three hikes were very well attended! Thank you to all participants and hike leaders! Photos below: Group that made it to the peak of Saddleback Butte (9 am hike), 10 am hike to Little Butte, and 11 am family hike.

Poppy Reserve Volunteer Training for 2019 Wildflower Season


The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve’s two-day volunteer training for the 2019 spring wildflower season will be held on Saturdays February 2nd and 9th.  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 13 (Mother’s Day), and a minimum average of 8 hours per month is required (scheduling is flexible).  Call (661) 946-6900 or emailJean.Rhyne@parks.ca.gov for more information or to sign up for the training.


When:  9 am – 3 pm, Saturdays February 2nd and 9th (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.

Public Lands Day at Saddleback Butte State Park

Thank you to everyone volunteered on October 6 to celebrate National Public Lands Day 2018 with a  habitat cleanup!

More than 20 volunteers braved the wind advisory and picked up 16 huge bags of trash, leaving our park much more beautiful and natural!

A California Grizzly found a $100 bill!  Full disclosure: it was movie prop money from all the filming they do in the area!

Volunteer Elaine won the prize for most trash collected by one person!

All participants were rewarded with a local State Park day use pass, a Litter Getter magnet, and a Saddleback Butte patch or water bottle... and knowing they made a big impact on our park.

April 2018 Poker Ride at Saddleback
Thank you to all of the guests, volunteers and state park staff who participated in this year's "Poker Ride" on Saturday, April 28 at Saddleback Butte State Park. Ranger Kevin was this year's chef!