What is the Ojai Adventure Club?
We are a group of outdoor adventurers who care about our natural world.
We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization supported by sponsorships, donations, membership dues and other socially-conscious fundraising events.
We use educational, guided back-country tours on foot, on horseback, by motorcycle and in 4WD vehicles,
to protect wilderness and wildlife in four regions of California, as well as in selected foreign countries.
The Ojai Adventure Club promotes respectful use of existing roads, trails and public lands.
We work to safeguard public access and we have a great time doing it!
Carrizo Plain National Monument
Sespe River Wilderness
Sierra Nevada Mountains
Los Padres National Forest
A POSITIVE MISSION
The Ojai Adventure Club is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization
supported by sponsorships, donations and other socially-conscious fundraising events.
Under one umbrella, four distinct backcountry/outdoors clubs run excursions and events to carry out our mission:
To benefit wildlife conservation and habitat preservation by providing educational, guided backpacking, equine packing,
motorcycle and 4-wheel backcountry tours, while promoting, protecting and maintaining the safe, respectful use
of existing roads, trails and public lands.
What Does the
Ojai Adventure Club Do?
Assists Government Agencies
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Bureau of Land Management
Assists other Non-Profit Organizations
Los Padres Forest Watch
Los Padres Forest Association
Keep Sespe Wild
Elephant Nature Park Thailand
Documents & Monitors
Populations of deer, bear, mountain lion, fox, raptors, etc
Acres populated by native species
Acres populated by invasive species
Locating trash dumps and illegal grow sites
Photographing and videotaping wildlife
Installing and maintaining cameras
Repair and Maintenance of trails and back-country roads
- We strive to educate outdoor enthusiasts about sensitive environmental areas, ensuring that they stay on roads and trails as designated and not wander, ride or drive anywhere else.
- In areas classified as “Wilderness” use is restricted to non-mechanized access such as backpacking and equine packing. Still, we believe it’s important for people to understand the importance of staying on designated trails anywhere.
- To identify and catalog both the native wildlife species and non-native plants in the areas we frequent.
Working from existing data bases and our own surveys, we plan to document animals from badgers to bighorn sheep and mountain lions, as well as invasive plant life such as Spanish Broom and Black Mustard.
- Consulting with experts at universities and public agencies, we are determining the optimal numbers of various wildlife species in the areas we frequent and how many acres of invasive plant life there are that should be cleaned up, in order to preserve these regions as natural habitats for our indigenous wildlife.
President of the Board
“When I am not involved in organizational work you will find me tending to my olive orchard and grass-fed herd of cattle; traveling to experience foreign flora, fauna & cultures; keeping a close watch on my beloved Carrizo Plain; or just sitting…”
“I feel that traveling overland on a motorcycle is like a modern-day form of horseback riding. One really connects with the environment on a much more intimate level through the smells, sights, sounds and feelings. The discovery of new regions …”
“In life, I always look for the adventure. Traveling to new places, meeting new people and introducing my son to the world is what keeps me happy and engaged in life. Making meaningful connections with people brings me great joy…”
“There is nothing like spending long hours in gorgeous wilderness, on the back of a horse. It is where I feel truly and completely alive. I am wholly grateful for every moment I spend on trail with my horse. In my personal and professional worlds I strive…”
Deon de Wet
“I find it fascinating how something mechanical, like a motorcycle, can be so useful and effective as a vehicle/device for accessing some states of enlightenment that are so similar to those that one could strive for on a more formal spiritual path…”
From the Founder, Deon de Wet:
Looking back on a lifetime of worldwide backcountry adventure travel and almost two decades of practicing and teaching Yoga & Mindfulness, I feel truly blessed to have so many fond memories. A native of South Africa who has lived in California for 30+ years, I have come to understand that spending time off the beaten track is a spiritual experience that brings us in harmony with nature and allows us to interact with a region’s particular animal and plant life. For myself, as for many others, there is added meaning in giving back, by making a positive contribution to the health and vitality of the habitats with which we interact.
The Ojai Adventure Club offers four different ways of venturing into the backcountry in our part of Central California, and also in a few other countries where we have sufficient concern, knowledge and access to warrant our constructive involvement.
Through each of the four activity clubs, we provide social events and excursions that are free to the community at large, as well as premium eco-tours that are mainly staffed and supported by the membership.
By facilitating responsible adventure in the wilderness, our organization helps people to get more educated about their natural environment – ideally leading them to make more valuable contributions to wildlife conservation, habitat preservation and the maintenance of appropriate access to public lands, trails, etc.