**SPECIAL NOTICE: In accordance with the updated mandate by the State and County, all City of Lancaster parks are closed. This includes the PRIME DESERT WOODLAND PRESERVE. We remind everyone to please make good choices that will benefit our community and support us by #StoppingtheSpread. Please follow the City of Lancaster and sign-up for email updates at cityoflancasterca.org/coronavirus.**
First 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.
The new exhibition designed by the Lancaster Museum of Art and Histroy (MOAH), 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 Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center
Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center.
Hours: CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE including on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center phone number is (661) 723-6257. When the Center is closed, please call the Park Ranger Station at (661) 723-5928.
Trails of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
The trails are CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE including normal hours from 6:00 a.m. to sunset seven days a week. The exceptions would be times of heavy rain or snow. The Preserve has an area of about 120 acres with over three miles of trails.
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.
PARK RANGER OUTREACH PROGRAM | Free
City of Lancaster 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 661-723-6230 or email email@example.com.
For private tours or presentations 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.
YOGA FOR "EVERY BODY" | Every Wednesday, 5:30 p.m to 6:30 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. *Except on holidays.
UPCOMING EVENTS: CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Antelope Valley Chapter of the Audubon Society meets on the second Tuesday of every month (except in the Summer) at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve in the Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center. Meetings begin at 7 pm
ART ACTIVATION WITH DANI DODGE