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, evening campfires, 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. Vehicle entry fee, $5-8. 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach.


Environmental Nature Center (949) 645-8489
1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.


Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center (310) 782-3989
3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance


Nix Nature Center (949) 923-2235
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.


Oak Canyon Nature Center (714) 998-8380
6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim Hills


San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary (949) 261-7963
5 Riparian View, Irvine.


Shipley Nature Center (714) 842-4772
Parent and Me Time, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. $3 per parent. Donations welcome. Closed Sundays. 17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach.


Turtle Rock Nature Center (949) 724-6738
1 Sunnyhill Drive, Irvine


Upper Newport Bay Preserve (949) 923-2290
Toddler programs also offered. 2301 N. University Drive, Newport Beach.