Looking for some nature in the heart of the city? El Dorado Nature Center, located between the San Gabriel River and the 605 Freeway, is a natural habitat oasis that allows visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
The 105-acre Nature Center grounds serve as a haven for animals and plant life. A 14-mile paved track and two miles of dirt trails wrap around two lakes, a creek, and forested regions. Cross the wooden bridge that spans the lake at the entry to arrive on a small island that contains the Visitor Center, which includes educational displays, an art gallery, and a small gift store selling ecologically related literature and items.
PARENT & ME WORKSHOPS
Age range: 2 to 5 years. $10 per class from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Bring your spirit of adventure and imagination as you and your kid celebrate the changing of the seasons with a special morning of storytelling, nature play, and outdoor discovery. Explore the amazing, ever-changing natural world with your child, encountering creatures huge and small.
Come hang out with us! Ice and snow will be the inspiration for our beautiful art and exciting winter games.
On a cold winter day, we need to find a pleasant, warm spot. Let us take a cue from the animals and construct our own shelters.
WAY TO GO
Put on your wings and fly to the Nature Center. Let us travel with these beautiful animals, from tiny insects to large birds.
Bird Walk in the Morning
Join volunteers and staff for a morning stroll at the Nature Center, whether you’re a beginning birder or want to hone your abilities.
THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
For a day, pretend you’re a scientist! Help us count our feathered neighbors and learn why they are so important. The information gathered assists scientists in learning more about bird populations and movement. No prior experience is required. Everyone of all ages
Explore the natural beauties with your class!
TOUR FOR YOUNG EXPLORERS
Do you want to learn more about nature or obtain an environmental badge? Sign up your group for a naturalist-led tour of the Nature Center’s various ecosystems. 1 12 hour program Each person pays $6.
Join us for a sensory, hands-on exploration of nature. We’ll use our “owl eyes,” “rabbit ears,” and “coyote noses” to discover the various patterns, textures, shapes, and colors that surround us. Ages 3-5. 1 12 hour program Each person pays $5.
Teachers, take your kids on a naturalist-guided tour of the Nature Center paths. You will learn through hands-on investigation and activities that are designed to satisfy the Academic Content Standards for your grade level. A two-hour program. $7 per person in grades K-4. $8 per person in grade 5.
EXPLORE THE SHORE – 5TH GRADE TOUR
El Dorado Nature Center and the City of Long Beach’s Adopt-A-Beach program sponsored the event. Students will utilize scientific tools and devices to explore how water sustains all life on Earth, as well as how the water cycle forms our local watershed and affects the marine ecology, in this two-hour hands-on session. Granada Beach and Cherry Beach are both options. A two-hour program. Each person pays $8.
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