Green Monster

Nature, Gardens, & Farms

El Dorado Nature Center

Long Beach – Covering 105 acres with two miles of dirt trails and a 1/4 mile paved trail wind around two lakes, a stream and forested areas. Special events, workshops, and educational programs offered throughout the year. Read More

Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Huntington Beach – Five miles of trails to explore, plus interpretive center, tours, public service days, Scout visits, educational programs, events and Summer Wetlands Explorer Program (grades K-7). Read More

Children’s Nature Retreat

Alpine – This 20-acre farm, animal sanctuary, and nature reserve has over 130+ domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world. See horses, goats, alpacas, miniature horses, zebra, cattle, bison, camels, tortoises, barnyard animals, and birds. Read More

Descanso Gardens

La Cañada Flintridge – 150-acre urban retreat of botanical collections and seasonal horticultural displays. The Enchanted Railroad, Sturt Haaga Gallery (contemporary art), historic Boddy House, and Descanso Café are also on site. Read More

Environmental Nature Center

Newport Beach – The center features 15 native California ecosystems, a Nature Museum, seasonal butterfly habitat, Mini and Little Naturalist programs, after-school and vacation-break camps, plus a Nature Preschool, Scout and homeschool programs and “bearthday” parties. Read More

Fullerton Arboretum

Fullerton- A 26-acre botanical garden at CSUF. The site includes the Heritage House and O.C. Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum. Visit their website for tour availability, and events and classes scheduled throughout the year.  Read More

Los Angeles County Arboretum

Arcadia – A 127-acre botanical garden and historical site. Parent/child classes, family yoga, school-break camps, Scout programs, and more are offered. Try their new educational reality app (download before you visit) to enhance your visit. Read More

Nix Nature Center

Laguna Beach – Located in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, the Nix Nature Center offers exhibits and wildlife viewing area portals. Visit their website for information about family activities (that include a scavenger hunt) and tours. Read More

Oak Canyon Nature Center

Anaheim – A 58-acre natural park with four miles of hiking trails. Check website for tours, family nature programs, and summer camps. Read More

San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Irvine – Wetlands cover 300 acres and is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, crustaceans, and other creatures native to the San Joaquin Valley.  Visitors can walk along 12 miles of trails and watch the more than 200 bird species that visit the marsh. Read More

Sherman Library & Gardens

Corona Del Mar – The 2.2 acre botanical garden offers a place to relax and explore horticulture, art and history. Classes, festivals and family-friendly events offered throughout the year. Read More

Shipley Nature Center

Huntington Beach – This 18-acre nature preserve features native plants and animals, plus self-guided trails. Interpretive Center on site; special events held throughout the year. Read More

South Coast Botanic Garden

Palos Verdes Peninsula – This 87-acres garden features a small lake, Children’s Garden and Children’s Discovery Garden. Visit website for kids classes and family events. Read More

Turtle Rock Nature Center

Irvine – Explore the nature center, take a self-guided tour of the nature trail, enjoy the native plant garden, and get lost in the labyrinth at Turtle Rock. Read More