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The Filoli Nature PreserveOverview

The Filoli Nature Preserve occupies most of the acreage beyond the House, Garden, orchard and parking area. It is an outstanding area for nature education, offering a variety of ecosystems within a compact area including mixed forests, redwood stands, chaparral, riparian, pond and cultivated grasslands.

The lower portion of the preserve is accessible only through docent-lead nature hikes on a network of trails and historic roads. The area straddles the San Andreas fault and has a variety of plants and animals. The preserve also contains historic Filoli sites such as the Bourn family cemetery, the Italian bachelor gardener dormitory (not open to the public), and old barns including one that has been converted to a nature museum.

Wildflowers typically are in bloom from February through early summer. While many of the animals are nocturnal or elusive, deer, banana slugs and lizards are regularly seen on hikes. Many of the birds and mammals found at Filoli are displayed at the Nature Center, which is accessible only on docent-led walks.

Filoli offers a variety of nature education programs for adults, families and elementary schools throughout the year.

For the general public, Filoli offers Saturday docent-led nature hikes. Reservations are required. Contact Visitor Services to make reservations.

For more information on Filoli’s Nature Education Docent Program, please email: natureed@filoli.org