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.
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.
If you are looking for a guided nature walk for your group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 on the Second Tuesday of every moth (except Summer) at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve Interpretive Center. Meetings begin at 7:00 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.
FREE GUIDED TOURS | February 23rd @ Noon| Park Rangers will provide personal tours of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve’s beautiful trail system. Following the tours, check out the exhibits in the Interpretive Center.
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.
- 2019 Moon Walk Schedule:
January 12th @ 6 p.m
- February 23 @ 6:30 p.m
- March 23rd @ 7:30 p.m
- April 6th @ 8 p.m
- May 18th @ 8:30 p.m
- June 8th @ 8:30 p.m
- July 27th @ 8:30 p.m
BIRD WALKS | February 2nd @ 9 a.m. & March 2nd @ 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.
DINOSAUR PRESENTATION | March 16th @ 1 p.m| $3 Fee (ages 3 and under Free)| Dinosaur expert Richard Wade offers an interactive demonstration on the “Last Days of the Dinosaurs,” including a full-scale model of a T-Rex skull and a seven-foot model of a brachiosaurus bone. presentation.
PLANETS | February 2nd @ 6p.m | $3 Fee (ages 3 and under Free)| Astronomist Stephanie Stawinski will join us for an amazing presentation of the different planets of our solar system. Inside, we will show participants pictures or diagrams of the solar system, and learn how each planet has their own interesting trait and what makes each planet unique. Stephanie will have hands on activities for the kids and participants to enjoy. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Saturn and Jupiter in the Night Sky!
*NEW* SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY DAY| March 23rd @ 8a.m to 10 a.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 in our Pavilion to provide families with information regarding Early Intervention, IEP’s, ABA therapy, and community resources. In partnership with AV Seed and Grow/AV Cultivar y Crecer, Quality Behavior Solutions, Baby Steps and Family Focus Resource Center. Se Habla Español
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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