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Nature & Gardens

Children’s Nature Retreat

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

El Dorado Nature Center

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. At the entrance, cross over the wooden bridge that spans the lake and you’ll find yourself on a small island that houses the Visitor Center, containing educational displays, art gallery and… View Article

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, an Ancient Forest with plants from the days of dinosaurs, and more! Ride the Enchanted Railroad, visit the Sturt Haaga Gallery full of contemporary art, see the historic Boddy House, or grab lunch at the Descanso Café. 

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 Zen Garden and teahouse.

Environmental Nature Center

A 5 acre landscape for learning and preservation with a fresh water marsh, wildlife habitats, walking trails, a sustainably-designed learning center, and a Butterfly House.

Fullerton Arboretum

A 26-acre botanical garden with a collection of plants from around the world, located on the northeast corner of California State University, Fullerton.

Los Angeles County Arboretum

A botanical garden and historical site with Native American, Rancho Period, and late 19th century treasures. Try their new educational augmented reality app, or enjoy one of their many classes, programs, or seasonal camps.

Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center

A 43-acre seasonal wetland thought to be one of the last remaining vernal freshwater marshes in LA County. The preserve is a mix of several micro-habitats that are home or migration stops for hundreds of species.

Nix Nature Center

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

Oak Canyon Nature Center

A 58-acre natural park consisting of three adjoining canyons and four miles of hiking trails located in the Anaheim Hills. Families can enjoy naturalist-led hikes or take part in one of the many educational programs.

Shipley Nature Center

This 18-acre nature preserve features native plants and animals, plus trails. Visit the Interpretive Center to see a diorama of animals and exhibit panels

South Coast Botanic Garden

This 87-acre Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants. Popular features include a small lake, rose garden, cactus garden, Japanese garden and more.

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.