Nature Programs/ Special Events

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Ages: 18 months - 5 years. 10-11:30 a.m.  $20 per class. 
Bring your imagination and sense of adventure as you and your child celebrate the seasons with a special morning of crafts, stories, songs, and outdoor exploration.  Parent participation required. 

Winter Kaleidoscope
Winter is almost here!  Let’s go for a walk and find all the colors of the rainbow everywhere around us.  Filled with inspiration, we’ll work together and create a special handmade gift to take home, using natural and recycled items. 
December 11
Class #35811

Pinecone Quest
Join us as we search for all the different shapes, sizes and textures we can find!  We’ll get squirrely as we discover just how important these sappy seed carriers really are to the animals that love them.
January 8
Class #35812

We ♥ Bugs!
Join us for a walk on the trails investigating incredible insects! We’ll also make our very own nature inspired valentines for the love bugs in our lives. 
February 12
Class #35810

Ages: 18 months – 5 years, 10 – 11:30 a.m., $20 per class
Investigate the wonders of the nature center with your child while exploring the trails. Enjoy stories, songs and hands-on activities designed to build a love of the outdoors and a budding sense of stewardship.  Parent participation required.

Class #35822 January 22      Go wild for Ducks!
Class #35823 February 26    Skunk-O-Rama!

 NEW! See WINTERBREAK WORKSHOPS for FUNDAY MONDAYS, winter break Parent & Me workshops

Special Events

The Great Backyard Bird Count
Become a scientist for the day!  Help count our local feathery friends and discover why they are so important.  The data collected helps scientists understand more about bird populations and migration.  No experience necessary.  All ages. 

Saturday, February 15, 9 a.m. – noon.  Free Program 

El Dorado Audubon Society Meeting
Join us for intriguing presentations and discussions on the conservation of native birds and their habitats.

Thursday evenings, December 19, January 16, & February 20.  7:30pm. Free program. 

Audubon Bird Walk
Whether you’re a new birder or just want to sharpen your skills, join members of El Dorado Audubon for a morning walk through the Nature Center. 

Sundays, December 8, January 12, & February 9, 8am. Free program

Group Discovery Tours 

Pre-registration is required.  Call (562) 570-1745.

Young Explorers Tour
Looking to learn more about nature or earn an environment-themed badge?  Register your group for a naturalist-led exploration of the Nature Center’s diverse habitats.  1 ½ - hour program.  $6 per person.

Beetle Brigade
Join us for a hands-on, sensory exploration of nature.  We’ll use our “owl eyes,” “rabbit ears,” and “coyote noses” to experience the unique patterns, textures, shapes and colors around us.  Sing a song, listen to a story or make friends with a puppet.  Ages 3-5.  1 ½ - hour program.  $5 per person.  

Discovery Tours
Teachers, explore the Nature Center trails with your students on a naturalist-guided tour.  You’ll make discoveries through hands-on investigation and activities designed to support the Academic Content Standards at your grade level. 2-hour program.  Grades K-4, $7 per person.  Grade 5, $8 per person.

Explore the Shore - 5th Grade Tour
Sponsored by El Dorado Nature Center and the City of Long Beach’s Adopt-A-Beach program.

In this hands-on, two-hour program, students will use scientific tools and instruments to discover how water sustains all life on earth, and how the water cycle shapes our local watershed and affects the marine ecosystem. Available at Granada Beach or Cherry Beach. 2-hour program.  $8 per person.