Calendar of Friends’ and Audubon Walks at the SJWA

All walks are free and open to everyone. No reservations are needed. Children are welcome. Binoculars and birding books provided. To all walks, wear comfortable shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring water, snacks and binoculars, if you have them.

Updated April 2019

Butterfly Field Trip

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10am to 12 noon

Meet at SJWA Parking Lot. Sue Nash (909-228-6710)

Dr. Gordon Pratt will lead The Friends of the Northern San Jacinto Valley’s annual “BUTTERFLY FIELD TRIP” at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area. Dr. Pratt will meet us at 10 am at the SJWA parking lot and show preserved butterflies and insects that are observed in the local area. The purpose of the field trip will be to observe as many butterflies and other diurnal insects as possible on the San Jacinto Wildlife Refuge. Since this season has had a high rainfall, it is likely there will be butterflies that are not normally observed on the refuge. In addition to collecting and releasing butterflies observed, Dr. Pratt will be searching for caterpillars of local butterflies. Bring a butterfly net if you have one and a picnic lunch if you wish. F

FOR INFORMATION on all walks, call Sue Nash at (909) 228-6710. Our walks are free and open to all. Children are welcome and you do not need to be a member of the Friends to join us on any of our walks.

WHERE TO MEET: All nature walks meet at the appointed time in the parking lot of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area headquarters at 17050 Davis Road, Lakeview. There are picnic tables and restrooms available if you want to spend the day.

FOR ALL WALKS bring binoculars, camera (if you are interested), non-toxic insect repellent, sturdy walking shoes, hat, sun screen, plenty of water, lunch, snacks, and wear appropriate clothing for the weather.

WAIVER FORM: The Friends ask that all walk participants sign waiver of responsibility forms. Please be aware that minors (under 18) cannot sign the waiver. The signator must be a parent or other responsible adult. If you will not be with or are dropping off a minor at one of the Friends' nature walks, please contact Sue Nash at (909) 228-6710 or e-mail her at:

Hours: The wildlife area is open seven days a week from Dawn to Dusk. You are welcome to visit on your own at any time. There is an Information Kiosk on the east side of Davis Road adjacent to the parking lot. Please note the dates and times for fall hunting; wetlands and other areas may be closed to non-hunting public uses.

BEGINNING BIRD WALKS: San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society organizes and sponsors Beginning Bird Walks (BBW) at various locations in Riverside County. We are fortunate that a number of walks are held at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area. Please note that there is a new start time for the BBWs--8:00 a.m. Please check Audubon's web site at: for more information on dates and locations for all their Beginning Bird Walks. Or call Cathy Tobin at (951) 684-9613.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area, 17050 Davis Road, Lakeview. Telephone: (951) 928-0580.
Davis Road is closed from Moreno Valley. Please use one of the following routes to visit the San Jacinto Wildlife Area.

From Moreno Valley: Go south on Perris Boulevard to the Ramona Expressway; go east on the expressway to Davis Road in Lakeview; go north on Davis Road 2.3 miles to the headquarters. From Hemet/San Jacinto Area: take the Ramona Expressway west to Davis Road in Lakeview; go north on Davis Road 2.3 miles to the headquarters. From Highway 215: exit at the Ramona Expressway; take the Ramona Expressway east to Davis Road in Lakeview; go north on Davis Road 2.3 miles to the headquarters.

DURING THE RAINY SEASON please use extreme caution when driving on Davis Road if there have been recent rains. Do not drive on Davis Road if it is muddy or it is raining. During the rainy season, please call the wildlife area headquarters at (951) 928-0580 during regular work hours to ask about road conditions.

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