Murrieta Valley Unified partners with the Santa Rosa Plateau

SRPF logo Murrieta Valley Unified School District partners with the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation. The Foundation's mission is To educate and empower youth to appreciate, protect and preserve nature!
Parents and community members are encouraged to visit the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve or visit the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation website to learn more about upcoming events and hiking and visitor information.  
monet garden Annual Garden Tour and Party
Tenaja’s Treasures of Gardens and Art in Nature
Artist Garden
Saturday, April 25 10:00 - 5:00 
Featuring five fabulous and unique private gardens:
  • Boutique lavender garden and farm
  • Artist’s sanctuary nestled on a hillside oak grove
  • 16-acre Frisian horse farm with native plant landscaping and a masonry water feature 
  • Fontainebleau, reminiscent of a European estate featuring a stone chapel, rose-bordered pavilions, small lake with heart-shaped island, lava rock stream and waterfall, ancient oaks and terraced grassy alcoves.  
The garden party will take place at Fontainebleau, where lunch will be available from the Garden Café.  A Beer and Wine Garden will serve local wines and craft beers from Stone Brewing.  There will also be live entertainment, a Secret Garden Silent Auction and a Garden Market Place. UCR Master Gardeners will also be on hand with gardening tips.  
  • General admission garden tour tickets are $25 in advance or $35 on the day of the event. 
  • A $15.00 shuttle ticket provides transportation to the gardens in a San Francisco style, open air trolley 
  • General admission and trolley tickets may be purchased the day of the event at the Hidden Valley Trailhead, one mile south of the Visitor Center.  
  • Tickets may be purchased at:, the Santa Rosa Plateau Visitor Center or at the Farmstead Market, at the corner of Kalmia Road and Jefferson. 
  • For more information, call 800-369-4620.   

Advance purchase only: 

  • Garden Café lunch tickets $15.00.  
  • Combo tickets include the tour, garden party, lunch and trolley $50.00.  

Grasslands study The Santa Rosa Foundation provides transportation, curriculum and staffing for the Third Grade Outdoor Education Program and also provides support for MVUSD students to participate in a Seed Bank Study, Middle School Grassland Restoration and High School Habitat Studies.
Since 1994 the Santa Rosa Plateau Education Foundation has introduced approximately 80,000 third graders to the natural environment, local history and beauty of the 8,300 acre Santa Rosa Plateau. 
Santa Rosa Plateau
Each year third graders from Murrieta Valley Unified School District visit the Santa Rosa Plateau where docents lead the young explorers on trails in search of coyotes, lizard, squirrel, and woodpeckers, prairies, wetlands and native flora and fauna. A visit to the Santa Rosa Plateau opens young eyes to the wonders of the plateau's prairies and wetlands.  Science, History and Geology come alive as students see, touch, smell, and feel the plants, rocks, streams and animals and they learn about local history and the Native American influence on the Ecological Reserve. 
As educators prepare students to become responsible citizens in a global economy, the exposure to the Santa Rosa plateau provided by the Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation will ensure that they understand and appreciate the importance of conserving the Earths natural resources and the role they can play in those efforts.