What We Do

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (Conservancy) is to “preserve land and restore habitat for the education and enjoyment of all.”

The Conservancy preserves undeveloped land as open space for historical, educational, ecological, recreational and scenic purposes. Since its founding in 1988, the Conservancy has successfully preserved 1,600 acres of open space on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Conservancy works with the four cities in which the preserved lands are located: Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, and San Pedro (City of Los Angeles).

The Conservancy’s vision is the creation and management of large blocks of natural open space where visitors may enjoy peaceful solitude, where children and adults can learn about the natural environment, and where native plants and animals can thrive.


Since it was founded in 1988, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has preserved more than 1,600 acres of open spaces on the Peninsula. The spectacular views and precious habitat not only contribute to the quality of human life on the peninsula, but provide valuable refuges and wildlife corridors for rare local animals and plants.



Stewardship staff and crew, with the support of hundreds of volunteers year-round, restore native habitat on these open spaces to support rare and threatened native species such as the California gnatcatcher and Palos Verdes blue butterfly.



We connect our community to these special landscapes through both public and school-based programming. Over 4,000 students a year, many from Title I schools, are brought out to the Preserves and engaged in conservation education tied to the California state standards for science curriculum. Programming is offered in the two nature centers along with dozens of docent-led walks each year.



The nature preserves on the Palos Verdes Peninsula host more than 42 miles of trails, providing a wealth of recreational opportunities, including hiking, horseback riding and biking. We work to enhance the visitors’ experience by maintaining the trail system, providing key access portals, trail guides and wayfinding signage. Volunteer naturalists, historians and geologists lead monthly guided nature walks.