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: 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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MOON WALK | Saturdays | $2 donation welcome, ages 3 and under free
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.
2019 Moon Walk Schedule:
September 21st @ 7:30 p.m
October 19th @ 7:00 p.m
November 16th @ 5:30 p.m
December 14th @ 5:30 p.m
DEVILS PUNCHBOWL | August 31st, 1 p.m. | Free
Come and enjoy the Los Angeles County Park Rangers as they present on wild animals and reptiles and inform you of how these animals survive in the wild. They will discuss the importance for the protection of these animals and you can learn about the Wilderness Act of 1964.
BIRD WALK | September 7th, October 12th, November 9th, 9 a.m | Free
Don Goeschl, President of the Audubon Society, and the Rangers will lead you into the trails for an educational bird watching experience. The day will begin in the Interpretive Center with an informative description of the birds native to the Antelope Valley and their habitats, then continuing on to the trails of the preserve. Bring Binoculars.
REPTACULAR ANIMALS | September 7th, November 2nd, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Free
Reptacular Animals is coming back to the Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center! Come into contact with creatures and critters of all kinds while you discover teeming wildlife from all around the world. Experience a variety of animals. You can observe them, pet them, and even hold them if you want! Learn and ask questions about these live creatures to the knowledgeable animal caregiver.
SNAKE PRESENTATION WITH PARK RANGER RUPP | October 12th, 1:00 p.m | Free
Join City of Lancaster Park Ranger Rupp on an informative presentation on Native Reptiles in California. There will be an emphasis on the importance they serve to the habitat, which snakes can be found in California and distinguishing characteristics to help identify them. Come learn how the snakes survive in the Mojave desert.
PARK RANGER GUIDED TOUR | October 12th, November 30th, 9:00 a.m | Free
City of Lancaster Park Rangers provide personal tours of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve’s beautiful trail system. Following the tour, enjoy the exhibits in the interpretive center.
SCARY SCIENCE PRESENTATION | October 19th, 4:00 p.m | Free
Jeremy Amarant, "Mad Scientist" and Director of Palmdale School District's SAGE Planetarium, will dazzle kids and adults alike with this spectacular presentation of science and astronomy.
SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY DAY | November 2nd, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m | Free
Come join the City of Lancaster Park Rangers as we celebrate inclusion! The Park Rangers will be providing Free walking tours of our trails, and early access to the Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about our native animals and plants. Information booths will be set up to provide families with information regarding Early Intervention, IEP’s, ABA therapy, and community resources.Se habla Español.
MOONS AND CRATERS | December 28th, 7:30 p.m. | $3 Fee, ages 3 and under free.
Griffith Observatory Astronomer Stephanie Stawinski will deliver an amazing presentation of our closest celestial object: the moon. Her visual representation 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. No reservations Required. Fees will be collected at door.
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