Nestled in the rolling hills of southeast Redlands sits Redlands Gateway Ranch, a 12-acre ranch in Live Oak Canyon with an old ranch house, outbuildings, barns, and pastures that connects the many trails of the inland area.
When complete, Gateway Ranch will include an outdoor education center, and a native plants demonstration garden, as well as the parking and access for the more than 20 miles of trails north and south of the ranch.
We’ve made tremendous progress, with the main house restoration nearing completion, and lots of weeding, brush clearing and cleanup already accomplished. But there’s lots more to do, and Redlands Conservancy needs your help to make the Ranch a reality.
WAYS TO HELP FINISH REDLANDS GATEWAY RANCH
GIFT LEVEL: MAJOR – $5,000 and more
Grand Oaks: $50,000
Wild Lilac: $15,000
California Poppy: $5,000
Please call Sherli Leonard at 909-782-6208, or send us an email to learn about becoming a major donor.
GIFT LEVEL: SPECIAL PROJECTS
Purchase a specific item or fund a specific need:
- CEEP Workshop – enclosed building for Canyon Environments Education Program activities and events
- Ranch equipment – tractor, 4-wheel drive ATV, mowers
- Watering Hole – backyard patio for gatherings and events
- Gateway Gardens – 3-acre Native Plant Demonstration Gardens
- Oak Grove & Pathways – pathway development through planted oak grove
Call Sherli Leonard at 909-782-6208, or send us an email if you’d like to fund one of these special projects.
GIFT LEVEL: $1,000 AND MORE
Stepping Stones on Gateway Garden Honor Trail.
With your gift, you can dedicate a Stepping Stone on the Gateway Garden Honor Trail to celebrate a special moment, express your gratitude, encourage a love of the land, or remember someone you loved.
To purchase a stepping stone, click here.
GIFT LEVEL: FRIEND OF GATEWAY RANCH
Any donation of $25 or more helps move Gateway Ranch closer to the finish line. You can mail your check, made payable to Redlands Conservancy with a notation in the memo line “Gateway Ranch”, to:
Redlands Conservancy, PO Box 855, Redlands, CA 92373 ATTN: Gateway.
Or, use the donation form below to use your credit card via PayPal.
THE VISION FOR GATEWAY RANCH
Our vision for the ranch is that it will become a regional hub for hikers, cyclists, equestrians, naturalists, ecologists, botanists and birders – for children and adults alike.
Young people and classes of students will come to the ranch to learn about the uses of native plants, to get their hands dirty planting and digging, to hear the stories of Native American culture on the site, to help survey plants and wildlife. They will develop specific skills that could lead to a career in habitat management. They will paint, draw, sculpt, write songs, and create poems, all leaning about the value and meaning of
Adults will come to the ranch for all of the above and to explore ways to create their own drought tolerant
They will all come there to picnic under the oaks, hike the rugged trails, and share quiet time together with family and friends.
Five specific proposed site uses will make all this happen.
A. Native Plant Nursery – to propagate a collection of native plants typical of this location to use in re-vegetation efforts on site and throughout the region.
B. Native Plant Re-vegetation – to use propagated native plants to restore the native vegetation on and around this site.
C. Drought Tolerant Plant Demonstration Garden – to illustrate the practical application of using drought tolerant vegetation in residential and commercial landscape projects.
D. Outdoor Education Center – to teach Redlands residents and visitors of all ages about regional ecosystems, the interconnectedness of the natural world and human world, and strategies large and small for stewarding the land and wildlife.
E. Trailhead – to provide a safe staging area for trail users and a safe and inviting access to public trails on City of Redlands’ Herngt ‘Aki’ Preserve and Regional Conservation Authority’s land south of Gateway Ranch.
But the ranch is not ready for prime-time public use yet. We must create the staging area, establish the native plant nursery, finish restoring the house for a permanent caretaker, develop the outbuildings into exploration stations, and construct ADA trails and facilities so everyone can relish in the wondrous outdoors.
Already, volunteers have spent many hours at the ranch cleaning out trash, clearing weeds, and prepping the house for restoration. Outdoor Education Coordinator Kathy Havert with Bettina McLeod and Outdoor Ambassador Joan Barger have been developing curricula for several outdoor programs and workshops, and several Canyon Environment Education Program sessions have already been held at the Ranch. Organic farmer Abby Harned is consulting about the native plant nursery.
Now, it’s time to get the ranch ready for the public. And you can help!
Projects in need of funding:
demonstration garden: $35,000
outdoor education center, outbuilding #1 indoors: $25,000
outdoor education center, outbuilding #2 restoration: $15,000
public restroom (renovation of outbuilding #3): $30,000
yardscape, patio: $15,000
outdoor kitchen: $20,000
ranch equipment: $35,000
parking area development: $50,000
We need in-kind donations:
Anything for the house, including contract work, furniture
Anything for the public restrooms
Tables and irrigation supplies for native plant nursery
Equipment and supplies for workshops and exploration sessions
Assistance in setting up internet connections
Tractor, with additional equipment
Work tables for exploration stations
Yard care equipment – hand tools and power tools
We need your volunteer time:
Help with the native plant nursery
Help with native plant re-vegetation
Building restoration work – painting and other work as guided
A temporary caretaker on site will monitor the premises, keeping equipment and supplies safe.
Redlands Gateway Ranch will be open for the public to enjoy as soon as the City of Redlands approves the improvements, and that can happen as soon as the improvements are made. The more help and money and donations we receive, the sooner everyone will be able to come to the ranch, Redlands Gateway Ranch.
Call (909) 782-6208 or contact us using our secure contact form.
The Redlands Gateway Ranch site at 31313 Live Oak Canyon Road had been the Otis Hudson Family ranch since the 1950s. 167 acres in total, the property was purchased with grants from the Wildlife Conservation Board (state agency), Regional Conservation Authority (Riverside County agency), Rivers and Lands Conservancy, and City of Redlands.
Official project statement: The Redlands Gateway Ranch project mission is “to instill in Redlands’ residents and visitors a sense of stewardship for Redlands’ wild places.” The mission advocates that we Protect Habitat (monitoring, barriers, patrols), Restore Habitat (education, research, native plant management), and Steward Habitat (trails, education, native plant management). We will expand residents’ and visitors’ understanding of and enthusiasm for native vegetation, wildlife habitat and corridors, and the synergistic relationship that exists between human life and wildlife on Redlands’ natural open spaces.