Near Lancaster in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
California Poppy Reserve
The Dream of a Poppy Park
In the 1940s Jane S. Pinheiro, a local resident and self-taught wildflower artist, became concerned that rapid growth in the Antelope Valley was endangering wildflower fields. Jane's dream was to have a "Poppy Park" to protect the official state flower of California, the California Poppy, as well as other native wildflowers. She shared her dream with the Lancaster Woman's Club of which she was a member. In 1963 Jane and other members of the club established the first springtime Antelope Valley Wildflower Center to foster public appreciation for area wildflower displays.
In the late 1960s a botanist from U.C.Davis came to the Wildflower Center and, after looking at Jane's paintings on display, declared they were so botanically correct that they could be used for identification purposes and should be protected. Soon after, the Lancaster Woman's Club formed the Wildflower Preservation Committee to raise funds to acquire a collection of Jane's paintings. Dorothy Bolt was appointed as the committee chairman to oversee fundraising efforts.
The committee agreed on an additional goal when Jane Pinheiro was sent
Jane's request was approved and Chairman Dorothy Bolt began the effort to purchase land by contacting the California State Parks Foundation. The foundation agreed to support the Wildflower Preservation Committee's quest for land acquisition and to act as trustees for the monies that were raised. They both worked with the California Department of Parks and Recreation. School children throughout California collected "Pennies for Poppies" to help create a Poppy Park. With this additional help, the Wildflower Preservation Committee was ultimately successful in achieving both goals. They were able to purchase 125 of Jane Pinheiro's wildflower paintings and in 1976 the Dream of a Poppy Park became a reality.
1976 - Poppy Park dedicated with 1,763 acres of purchased land.
Park officially becomes the "Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve".
1982 - Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center dedicated.
To support visitor services at the Poppy Reserve, local citizens form the "Poppy Reserve Interpretive Association" ("PRIA") with Grace Pickus as the first president.
1991 - Milt Stark's A Flower-Watchers Guide, featuring Antelope Valley Wildflowers, published.
1994 - "PRIA" becomes "PRMDIA" - the "Poppy Reserve Mojave Desert Interpretive Association" when the group expands its mission to include support for additional state parks.
Erected by Poppy Reserve / Mojave Desert Interpretive Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Features • Parks & Recreational Areas • Women.
Location. 34° 43.951′ N, 118° 23.635′ W. Marker is near Lancaster, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lancaster Road and 150th Street West, on the right when traveling west. The Poppy Reserve is 15 miles west of the 14 Freeway. The marker is 250 feet north of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster CA 93536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Butterfield Overland MailPower Plant No. 1 (approx. 10.7 miles away); Willow Springs (approx. 11.4 miles away); a different marker also named Willow Springs (approx. 11˝ miles away); Creosote (approx. 12.3 miles away); Lazy T (approx. 14.6 miles away); St. Francis Dam Disaster Site (approx. 15.6 miles away); St. Francis Dam (approx. 15.7 miles away).
Regarding California Poppy Reserve. The intensity of springtime colors varies from year to year, depending on the amount of rainfall. The best time to see blooms at their peak is during the first two weeks in April. Poppies do not open on cold windy days. Weekends can be very crowded.
Also see . . .
1. Poppy Reserve / Mojave Desert Interpretive Association. Supports five California State Parks: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve, Saddleback Butte State Park, Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park, Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park, and Providence Mountains State Recreation Area - Home of Mitchell Caverns. (Submitted on December 31, 2021.)
2. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve(Submitted on December 31, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 399 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 31, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 7. submitted on January 1, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.