Educational Activities

Nature Centers

Conservancy Managed Nature Centers

An array of activities inspire people of all ages to connect to nature.  Nature Walks and big moon hikes led by trained naturalists and docents guide you through protected coastal sage scrub habitat to discover a unique variety of wildlife that call the nature preserves home.  Monthly native plant sales with knowledgeable staff will guide you in how to create a beautiful drought-tolerant garden in your home for local pollinators. Nature Club for Families will provide a special way to explore nature together through science, art, music and much more.

George F Canyon Nature Center

Nature Center Hours: Fridays 1-4pm, Saturdays 10-3:30pm, Sundays 10-3:30pm
Trail Hours: Dawn until dusk, daily
Location: Corner of Palos Verdes Dr. North and Palos Verdes Dr. East in Rolling Hills Estates
Address: 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

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Contacts: Weekdays Tel: (310)541-7613 and Weekends Tel: (310)547-0862

The George F Canyon Nature Center in Rolling Hills Estates overlooks a restored native plant demonstration garden that boasts a rainbow of wildflowers in the spring. A 1.6 mile trail winds through shaded riparian woodland habitat and coastal sage scrubland. Inside the center, visitors can interact with exhibits to learn about the plants, animals, insects, geology and natural history of the canyon. The Nature Center also houses a small living animal collection to provide a close view of some the wildlife that lives in or near the canyon.

White Point Nature Education Center

White Point

Nature Center Hours: Wednesdays 10-3:30pm, Saturdays 10-3:30pm, Sundays 10-3:30pm
Trail Hours: Dawn until dusk, daily
Location: Access via Western Avenue only. Free parking lot.
Address: 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731

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Contacts: Weekdays (310)541-7613 and Weekends (310)561-0917

The White Point Nature Education Center is an educational facility located on a beautifully restored 102-acre preserve in San Pedro. It is housed in a renovated former military structure surrounded by a California native plant demonstration garden designed as an educational and interpretive model of the Peninsula’s local plant communities. Inside the Center, multimedia exhibits move visitors through a timeline of that tell the story of White Point’s cultural and natural history, spanning the Pleistocene age through the present. Noted muralists Robert Reid and Nelly Schouest from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in consultation with paleontologists, paleobotanists and entomologists created a mural depicting the area during the last ice age.