Conejo Valley Botanic Garden

Hours:  The Garden is open seven days a week from 7am to 5pm, but closed on Easter, The Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and during inclement weather.


On the day after Easter and the day after Thanksgiving, the Garden is open from noon to 5pm.


The Garden is open from 9am to 5pm on President’s Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day.


All gates close at the specified time.  There is no warning signal.


Kids’ Adventure Garden:  The KAG is open every Sunday from 11am to 3pm.  The KAG provides an exciting place for children to learn about nature and gardening.  The garden features a tree house, zoo garden, hydroponic pod and much more.  Admission is free.  Enter at 350 W. Gainsborough Road at Jeaunine Drive between Lynn Road and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks.


The mission of the Kid's Adventure Garden is to establish a place that will encourage children of all ages to run and play and learn about science as they discover the beauty and wonder of nature.

Highlights: The Botanic Garden encompasses 33 acres of unique terrain in Thousand Oaks, offering panoramic views of the Conejo Valley and abundant opportunities for education, conservation and recreation.  It features a Butterfly Garden, a Rare Fruit Garden, a Kids’ Adventure Garden, a Nature Trail and a hilltop with a spectacular 360° view of the entire Conejo Valley.  There is no charge for admission.


Similarities/Differences:  Trails in the Garden are wide and smooth, making them easily accessible for your parents and grandparents.  There are several plant communities not found at Rancho Alegre, featuring drought-resistant plants from the California desert, the Mediterranean and Australia.  But like Rancho Alegre, a significant portion of the Garden’s acreage is reserved to provide a natural habitat for birds and animals.



 


Nature Trail:  On the north and west sides of the Garden is the very special Nature Trail.  It leads hikers from the urban world into the world of nature.  The trail travels through an area of undisturbed habitat with a small picnic area as the only addition.


Enjoy a walk through native oaks and willows, around a chaparral hillside, and down along a streambed.  Each area has its own animal and plant life to explore.  Above the trail there are volcanic rock hideaways where coyotes and bobcats occasionally make their home.  There is even a granary - oak trees with hundreds of holes used by a colony of Acorn woodpeckers to store food.


Written trail guides are available to help you learn what the local area may have been like before modern cities sprang up.

Directions:  The Garden is located in the heart of Thousand Oaks, adjacent to the Conejo Community Park.


Exit the 101 Freeway at Lynn Road.  Go north .7 mile to Gainsborough Road.  Turn right and proceed ½ mile to the access drive on the right at 350 W. Gainsborough Road at Jeaunine Drive.  The headquarters and Kids' Adventure Garden are across from the parking lot.  The Garden is also accessible from the Conejo Community Park (Hendrix Ave. at Dover Ave. in Thousand Oaks). 

Credit:  The original site for the Garden can be found at www.conejogarden.org.