Prime Desert Woodland Preserve

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43201 35th St. West (Avenue K-8 & 35th St. West)

PDW-SunsetFirst proposed in 1985, the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve is the result of the efforts of many local residents and the Lancaster City Council. This scenic location nestled within an urban area has been established to provide visitors an opportunity to learn about the animals, plants and the region in which we live, as well as a place to simply relax and enjoy nature. 

New this year is the interpretive center project, designed by the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), the first stage of a multi-phase improvement initiative which will include the development of an additional twenty acres of walking trails, as well as infrastructure and signage to the preserve.

The new exhibition explores each of the major areas the center has traditionally included such as fauna, flora, geology, native peoples, and historical figures -- while increasing audience engagement through a more interactive experience.

New to the interpretive center is a petroglyph and pictograph wall where visitors are invited to make their own pictographs in chalk. In addition, the preserve now offers an excavation station which includes replica bones, artifacts, and genuine geodes; an expanded library and reading area for children and adults; a reimagined touch table where guests can have a hands-on experience with real animal hides, horns, and antlers; and regular workshops inspired by the landscape.


 The Preserve has an area of about 120 acres with over three miles of trails.

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Trails of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
The trails are normally open from 6:00 a.m. to sunset seven days a week. The exceptions would be times of heavy rain or snow. 

The Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center
Also located in the Preserve is the Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center

Interpretive Center Hours: 
Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center phone number is (661) 723-6230. When the Center is closed, please call the Park Ranger Station at (661) 723-5928. 

Exterior View of Elyze Clifford Interpretive CenterTOURS
If you are looking for a guided nature walk for your group, please email

In your email, please have the following information: The number of persons participating & whether they are adults or children. If the participants are primarily children, their approximate age or grade in school should be given in addition to the number of adults accompanying them.

The Antelope Valley subchapter of the San Fernando Audubon Society meets quarterly on the first Tuesday of March, June, September & December at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve Interpretive Center. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

Conditions of Use:
• Please stay on the trails.
• No dogs are allowed on the trails (not even on a leash).
• No smoking on the Preserve grounds.
• No alcoholic beverages allowed.
• No wheeled vehicles except wheelchairs or baby strollers. This means no bicycles, motor bikes, skates, skate boards or scooters.

For more information, please read all signs upon arrival.

All events are one hour long and held on Saturdays (unless otherwise noted).

RANGER OUTREACH PROGRAM | August-May (School Calendar) | Free
Park Rangers visit local schools and share facts on local wildlife and plant life. Students can see and touch deer antlers; turtle shells; rabbit, snake and coyote skins; and more. Age-appropriate programs are available for grades K-12. For more information, call 661-723-6257.

YOGA FOR "EVERY BODY" | Every Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. | $5 donation to instructor welcome
Re-energize your mind, body, and soul with our slow-flowing gentle yoga practice and meditation set in the serene and secluded pavilion at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve. This donation-based class is perfect for beginners or those who enjoy a slower more mindful-based practice. For more information, please call 723-6077.

KOKEDAMA WORKSHOP | May 19 @ 11 a.m. | Free | MOAH Staff
Kokedama (in English literally means "moss ball") is a ball of soil, covered with moss, on which an ornamental plant grows. The idea has its origins in Japan, where it is a combination of both nearai bonsai and kusamono planting styles. Today, Kokedama is very popular in Japanese gardens and is a fun DIY project for the entire family. 

MOON WALKS | $2 donation welcome.

Experience a magical night of nature and astronomy combined. Jeremy Amarant, Director of Palmdale School District’s SAGE Planetarium, will take you on a journey through the mysterious night sky, while teaching about the stars and constellations. Enjoy a one-mile guided tour of the Preserve. Weather permitting, AV Astronomy Club members will offer a look at the night sky through their telescopes. 

Spring & Summer 2018 Moon Walk Schedule:
June 2 @ 8:30 p.m.
July 28 @ 8:30 p.m.
August 25 @ 8 p.m.

REPTACULAR REPTILE SHOW | June 16 @ 11 a.m. | Free
Learn about the different planets of our solar system as Astronomist Stephanie Stawinski illustrates through pictures and diagrams how each planet is unique. Includes hands-on activities. 

MOON AND CRATERS | June 23 @ 7 p.m. | $3, ages 3 and younger Free  
Griffith Observatory Astronomist Stephanie Stawinski will deliver an amazing presentation of our closest celestial object: the Moon. Her visual representation of the Moon circling the Earth will include an interactive demonstration with flashlights and balls, followed by an activity exploring craters. Participants will create their own craters and simulate crater effects using marbles and sand boxes.

PLANETS | July 14 @ 7:30 p.m. | $3, ages 3 and younger Free
Learn about the different planets of our solar system as Astronomist Stephanie Stawinski illustrates through pictures and diagrams how each planet is unique. Includes hands-on activities.

WORLD RANGER DAY | July 28 @ 1 p.m. | Free 
Celebrate World Wide Ranger Day with games, food, and a chance to earn a Junior Park Ranger Badge! Learn about animals native to the Antelope Valley. See coyote, rabbit, and snake skins, as well as feathers from the red tail hawk, common crow, and birds of prey found at the Preserve. Join us in the Interpretive Center. 

VOLCANO PRESENTATION | August 4 @ 1 p.m. | $3, ages 3 and younger Free 
This hour with Richard Wade will offer volcanic explosions, historic information, and a deeper look into
the depths of and mystery of volcanos. Don’t miss this educational opportunity.

FREE GUIDED TOUR | May 19 and August 18 @ Noon | Free 

Park Rangers provide personal tours of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve's beautiful trail system. Following the tours, check out the exhibits in the Interpretive Center. Se habla español.

TINKERGARTEN | August 18 @ 11 p.m. | Free 
Katherine Stocking-Lopez’s expert-designed play scenario allows children 18 mos.-5 yrs. the chance to
explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together.

Fees to attend presentations will be collected at the door of the Interpretive Center on the day of each presentation. All presentations & walks last approximately one hour. Presentations are free for children three years & under. Meet at the Interpretive Center at posted times for all group walks. Call (661) 723-6230 for more information.

• Attendance is limited for events in the Interpretive Center.
• Meet at the Interpretive Center at posted times.

For questions or comments please email us at  


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