Nature Centers

Guided and self-guided tours, workshops and classes, family-friendly events and interpretive centers.
 
 
El Dorado Nature Center   (562) 570-1745
Family and kids’ workshops, art and science classes, and family night walks; must pre-register, call (562) 570-1745. Plus, museum, gift shop and bird-watching on a 102-acre site, with more than two miles of trails, two lakes and a stream featuring California native plants. Closed Mondays. Vehicle entry fee, $5-8. 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. www.longbeach.gov/naturecenter.
 
 
Environmental Nature Center    (949) 645-8489
1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. www.encenter.org
 
 
Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center    (310) 782-3989
3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com
 
 
Nix Nature Center    (949) 923-2235
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. www.ocparks.com/parks/lagunac
 
 
Oak Canyon Nature Center    (714) 998-8380
6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim Hills. www.anaheim.net/ocnc
 
 
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary   (949) 261-7963
5 Riparian View, Irvine. www.seaandsageaudubon.org
 
 
Shipley Nature Center    (714) 842-4772
Parent and Me Time on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. $3 per parent. Donations welcome. Closed Sundays. 17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. www.shipleynature.org
 
 
Turtle Rock Nature Center    (949) 724-6738
1 Sunnyhill Drive, Irvine
www.tinyurl.com/TurtleRockIrvine
 
 
Upper Newport Bay Preserve    (949) 923-2290
Toddler programs also offered. 2301 N. University Drive, Newport Beach. www.ocparks.com/parks/newport