Azusa Foothills Stewardship Workshops

Watershed Conservation Authority is offering a series of eight workshops held in the foothills overlooking Azusa.  Be prepared for an amazing view of Azusa and the San Gabriel River from the top of Glendora Ridge as you learn from our conversation leaders and share your own thoughts about how our Azusa public lands can benefit the public.

Saturday and Sunday events will involve a 1-mile hike up to public lands above Azusa on Glendora Ridge. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat and sunscreen.

Click here to RSVP (required). Space is limited! Meeting details will be sent to those who RSVP.


This series of workshops is part of the development of a stewardship plan for Azusa Foothills Lands funded by a Rivers and Mountains Conservancy grant for acquisition of land for public benefit in the Azusa foothills.

Thank you to our workshop leaders, and to Azusa Beautiful.



Saturday, Nov 5
7 – 10 a.m.

Bird Watching 101
and Bird Photography

Raul Roa, Azusa Beautiful

Are you curious to learn more about what birds use our foothills? Join this walking instructional workshop about birding and bird photography. You don’t have to be a photographer to join the fun. The only requirement is your curiosity and a pair of comfortable walking shoes (we’ll go at a leisurely pace).


Saturday, Nov 19
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Think River! 


Suzanne Avila, MA

Learn about the collection, movement, storage, and use of water in the San Gabriel River Watershed.


Sunday, Nov 20
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

We are Visible: Local Indigenous History of the Gabrieleño People and their Resilience  

Kevin and Nathan Nunez, Azusa Beautiful

Join us for an immersive journey into the lives of the Gabrieleño people as we retrace their stories, lived experiences, and cultural practices. Learn how they are working to preserve and protect the last remaining natural spaces of their people: The San Gabriel Mountains.
UPDATE: Full – RSVP to join the waitlist.


Saturday, Dec 3
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Hiking with California Native Plants
in the San Gabriel Mountains


Brenda Kyle and Michael Garcia, Azusa Beautiful

Join a Certified California Naturalist to learn about hiking tips, plants, wildlife, microclimates, and the ethics of hiking in the Urban Wildlands Interface.
UPDATE: Full – RSVP to join the waitlist.


Wednesday, Dec 7
6 – 8 p.m.

Canyon City Heritage:
Asuksa-gna to Present Day Azusa.

Suzanne Avila, MA

Explore the cultural geography of Azusa Canyon and the San Gabriel River.


Saturday, Dec 10
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Nature as a Wellbeing Intervention:
Caring for our Azusa Open Space
Can Care for You Too!


Elizabeth Renteria, LCSW

Join us for reflection and mindful awareness activities while we visit the Azusa Open Space. Gain a new appreciation for local biodiversity and learn how protecting the land and community wellness go hand in hand.


Saturday, Dec 17
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

La naturaleza como una intervención
de bienestar: ¡Cuidando a nuestro
espacio natural de Azusa puede ser
cuidado para usted también.

Elizabeth Renteria, LCSW

Venga a participar en actividades de reflexión y conciencia plena mientras vistamos la  área natural de Azusa.  Obtenga una nueva apreciación de la biodiversidad local y aprenda cómo protegiendo la tierra y el bienestar de la comunidad van de mano.


Saturday, Jan 7
1 – 4 p.m.

It's Still the Stone Age!


Suzanne Avila, MA

Learn about the past, present, and future of sand and gravel mining in the San Gabriel River Watershed and opportunities for change from mining to reclamation.