Green Monster

Nature & Gardens

El Dorado Nature Center

Long Beach – Family and kids’ workshops, art and science classes, family night walks, 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.Read More

Balboa Park

San Diego – A 1,200-acre historic urban cultural park boasts 17 museums and cultural institutions with a diversity of collections. The park also provides a variety of fun and entertaining activities for kids. Read More

Bolsa Chica Wetlands

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

Descanso Gardens

La Cañada Flintridge – Collections include California native plants, a five-acre Rose Garden, Japanese Garden with a koi-filled stream and teahouse, Camellia collection, Oak Forest, an Ancient Forest with plants from the days of dinosaurs and much more. 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 – 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- A26-acre botanical garden that provides a fun, free place for all to learn about wildlife conservation and research. Special events such as harvest sales and classes offered throughout the year.Read More

Japanese Friendship Garden

San Diego – An expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama, and illustrating two cultures to create an immersive experience into Japanese culture. Offers educational programs, festivals, and exhibits.Read More

Niguel Botanical Preserve

Laguna Niguel – An 18-acre botanical garden situated above the amphitheater within Crown Valley Community Park. The preserve features 12 garden areas, 2000 plant species, and four miles of walking trails. 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 – A 2-acre botanical garden and living laboratory featuring a tropical conservatory with koi fishes and turtles, carnivorous plants, and themed gardens.Read More

Shipley Nature Center

Huntington Beach – 18-acre non-profit organization formed to manage the nature center as an ecological sanctuary for California native plants and wildlife and to provide environmental education. 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. Check out their newest exhibits: SOAR Butterfly Habitat, Flamboyance and Hide and Seek. Read More

Turtle Rock Nature Center

Irvine – Visitors can explore the nature center at their leisure, take a self-guided trail tour and enjoy the native plant garden, and follow the path in the labyrinth. Read More

Upper Newport Bay Preserve

Newport Beach – 135 acres and includes an 10,000 square-foot interpretive center with exhibits and interactive displays. Enjoy hiking trails, bike trails, special events, and more. Read More

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