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Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

What's Happening

The latest news from FFRP


•Annual Membership Renewal
•The Cambrian "Ranch Update" Articles
•Great Kitchens of Cambria Tour
•In Loving Memory of Alese Bell
•Upcoming Ranch Walks


It's that time of year again when we send out our FFRP membership renewal letters. We sincerely hope you will continue supporting, through your renewal and/or donation, all the ways in which we protect and care for the Ranch, offer educational Ranch Walks and the annual Wildflower Show, provide events to our community and visitors such as the annual Great Kitchens of Cambria Tour, A Gathering in the Gardens and Songs for the Season, as well as providing an office for public interface and to manage our myriad of operations.

If you are not yet a member but would like to become one, you may do so via credit card, by downloading a printable membership form for payment by check, or by stopping in at our office. Visit HERE to join or donate from our website.

In addition to memberships and donations, FFRP couldn't do what it does without all its volunteers. If you would like to support the Ranch by giving hands-on time, we would love to have you! Click HERE to download, fill out, and return to FFRP a Volunteer Participation form where you mark the specific areas in which you would like to volunteer. We will send email announcements when opportunities to volunteer arise in those specific areas.

Thank YOU for helping us support and protect the Ranch—for all of us now, and for future generations to come!

FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE, here are links to The Cambrian "Ranch Update" articles written by Jo Ellen Butler in March and June of 2015.

•'A passionate love of place' is crucial to preserving Fiscalini Ranch

•Weeding out Fiscalini invaders so indigenous flora can flourish

15th Annual
Self-Guided Tour & Traveling Luncheon
Saturday July 25, 11 am - 3 pm

Tickets are selling fast for this popular event - "An epic progressive feast of small plates including wine and beer...featuring six unique and wonderful kitchens." Be sure to get your ticket soon if you'd like to join us this year. We usually sell out before the day of the event. See information below for where and how to purchase tickets.

Many thanks from the 2015 Kitchen Tour Committee!

$40* Tickets Now Available Locally
  • FFRP Office - (805) 927-2856
    604 Main St., Cambria
  • Cambria Farmer's Market
    Friday's in July, 2:30 - 4:30
  • Cambria Chamber - (805) 927-3624
    767 Main St., Cambria
  • A Matter of Taste - (805) 927-0286
    4120 Burton Dr., Cambria
  • Forden's - (805) 543-1090
    857 Monterey, San Luis Obispo
  • Idler's - (805) 238-6020
    2361 Theatre Dr., Paso Robles
*$45 at the door the day of the event should any tickets remain.

Online sales are still open at or

If you prefer, you may also send a check made payable to FFRP. Please include your phone number and a SASE. Mail to P.O. Box 1664, Cambria CA 93428.
All tickets purchased online or by check and received after July 17th will be held at our WILL CALL location. Instructions will be given at time of purchase.

Click HERE to download a PDF event flyer.
FFRP Office Sign

FFRP Office
604 Main Street

West Village of Cambria
Next to Sandy's Deli

Our somewhat regular
open-to-the-public hours are:

Thursday 11 am - 2 pm
Friday 11 am - 2 pm
Saturday 11 am - 3 pm

Stop on by to get Ranch info from a docent, check out our large maps and images of the Ranch, pick up trail maps, join or donate to FFRP, or shop for shirts, caps, aprons, books, and greeting cards.
Alese Bell


This year's Great Kitchens of Cambria is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Alese Bell (Nov 1948 - May 2015). Alese, known as the "food and flower maven" of FFRP, was a staunch supporter of and fundraising queen for the Ranch since 1995. Alese's love for the Ranch—her dedication, commitment, and hard work—made the Ranch what it is today.

We will miss her greatly, but her memory lives on in our hearts and on the Ranch.

Donations to FFRP can be made in Alese's name. We will be adding a plaque with her name to our "Angel" bench.
Angel Bench Plaque


Forest Loop Trail Walk

Forest Loop
Trail Walk

Saturday July 18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Led by Stephen Beck
Reservations Required
Enjoy a two-hour FFRP Docent led walk, about 2.5 miles with very little elevation gain.

Learn about the plants, animals, human history and trails in this special part of Cambria.

Meet at 10 AM at the corner of Tipton St. and Warren Rd. in the Lodge Hill area of Cambria. Bring water, shoes that protect the toes, and wear long pants to help protect from poison oak. Children welcome with adult supervision.

For more information, call Stephen at 805-400-5366.
Insects on the Ranch

Insects at the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Saturday August 8
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Reservations Required
Join naturalist Al Normandin as we hunt down those creepy crawlers that are often hidden in plain sight. While identifying many of these creatures, the leader will discuss their unique lifestyle, diversity, and vital importance in the ecology of the forest. Although frequently overlooked due to their small size, these often forgotten creatures are everywhere and fascinating to all.
Bird Walk on the Ranch

A Bird Walk on the Fiscalini Ranch

September 19
9:00 am - 11:30 pm

(note the early time)
Reservations Required
Come walk with Jim Royer and learn about the remarkable birds living on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. We will listen to the songs of local birds while observing their daily activities. Bring a bird book and binoculars if you have them.
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