Green Monster

Nature & Gardens

Children’s Nature Retreat

The Children’s Nature Retreat is located on 20-acres. The farm, animal sanctuary and nature reserve has over 130+ domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world. Visitors can even “Be a Keeper for the Day.”

El Dorado Nature Center

Trails wind around two lakes, a stream, and forested areas. Family and kids’ workshops, art and science classes, family night walks (must pre-register), special events,  bird-watching, and educational programs offered throughout the year.

Sherman Library & Gardens

The 2.2 acre botanical garden offers families a place to explore horticulture, art and history, and invites you to enjoy their facility as a place for relaxation, exploration and discovery.

Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Five miles of trails to explore, plus interpretive center, free tours, education programs and summer camps.

Descanso Gardens

Garden areas include Japanese Garden with a koi-filled stream, and an Ancient Forest with plants from the days of dinosaurs, plus ride the Enchanted Railroad, a 1/8th-scale replica of a diesel train.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

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 raked gravel garden and teahouse.

Environmental Nature Center

A landscape for learning and preservation with fresh water marsh, wildlife habitats, walking trails, a sustainably-designed learning center, and a Butterfly House.

Fullerton Arboretum

A botanical garden with a collection of plants from around the world at California State University, Fullerton with Victorian-style architecture of the Heritage House.

Los Angeles County Arboretum

A botanical garden and historical site with Native American, Rancho Period, and late 19th century treasures plus a kids’ program with a new augmented reality educational app.

Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center

A wetland with micro-habitats including back dune, coastal prairie, alkali margin, and vernal pools where visitors can hike the marsh and listen for birds, look for frogs and learn about nature.

Nix Nature Center

The Nix Nature Center offers exhibits, wildlife viewing area portals, scavenger hunts, and lessons from wildlife programs featuring live animals, American Indian customs, craft projects, and more.

Oak Canyon Nature Center

A park with canyons, hiking trails, and a small museum with live animal and regional exhibits plus nature nights and a family program including a hike and live animal demonstration.

South Coast Botanic Garden

This botanic garden features a small lake, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and Children’s Discovery Garden which was developed around nursery rhymes with plants to match the stories. 

Turtle Rock Nature Center

The five-acre nature preserve is both a home for wildlife and an outdoor classroom where visitors and program participants learn to protect our natural environment.

Upper Newport Bay Preserve

Home to many bird species, this 135-acre park offers an interpretive center and hiking/biking trails.