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, free tours, education programs and summer camps. 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 – Ride the Enchanted Railroad, visit the contemporary art gallery, see the historic Boddy House, enjoy the gardens, or grab lunch at the Descanso Café. Read More

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Long Beach- A Japanese garden on the campus of California State University, Long Beach where you can feed koi fish from the moon bridge or visit the Zen Garden and teahouse. Read More

Environmental Nature Center

Newport Beach – School break camps, Nature Preschool, Traveling Naturalist Program, Scout Programs, “bearthday” parties, plus walking paths, wildlife habitats, fresh water marsh and more. Read More

Fullerton Arboretum

Fullerton- A 26-acre botanical garden at CSUF. Tours offer a glimpse of life in the late 1800s and the contributions of the Japanese-American community and local pioneers. Read More

Los Angeles County Arboretum

Arcadia – A botanical garden and historical site. Try their new educational reality app (download before you visit), or enjoy one of their many classes, programs, or seasonal camps. Read More

Nix Nature Center

Laguna Beach – Exhibits, wildlife viewing area portals, scavenger hunts, and wildlife programs featuring live animals, Native American customs, craft projects, and more. Read More

Oak Canyon Nature Center

Anaheim – A 58-acre natural park with four miles of hiking trails. Families can enjoy naturalist-led hikes or take part in one of the many educational programs. 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-acres features native plants and animals, plus trails. Visit the Interpretive Center, or participate in Parent and Me programs, camps, or special events. 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