City of Long Beach
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411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Since 1969, El Dorado Nature Center has provided an island of serenity in Long Beach. Thousands of school children have discovered the natural world on school field trips and at educational programs; residents have gotten up close and personal with turtles, reptiles, birds and butterflies; people have been inspired to become stewards of the environment at volunteer programs; and countless visitors have walked the trails to escape from urban stress. Now, the 105-acre Nature Center is turning 50 and celebrating with “50 ways to find your center.”
“Each year people of all ages come to El Dorado Nature Center to reconnect with nature and learn more about our local ecosystem,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This place is a wonderful asset for our city and I encourage residents to come out this summer to celebrate 50 great years.”
The centerpiece event will be a Summer Solstice Celebration on June 21 honoring the land and the people who have helped make El Dorado Nature Center special. It will be emceed by Laura Bosworth from the Long Beach Storytellers and feature performances by folk singer Shayna Adler as well as a dance performance by Sirena Serpentina. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets/chairs and a picnic.
“From what started as bean fields, El Dorado Nature Center has created amenities for visitors and supported habitat over the last 50 years,” said Councilman Daryl Supernaw, who represents the area. “I am excited for visitors to experience the great programs being offered to celebrate the Center’s 50th anniversary.”
Other special events throughout the summer include: artisan craft fairs, where visitors can shop for specialty items made by local artists; education stations, with interactive nature displays; outdoor concerts from in a variety of musical genres; and family nightlife walks and outdoor movies with stargazing. Family nightlife walks are $5 per person and require advanced registration at lbparks.org. Concerts are open to picnicking at 6:30 p.m. with music from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a $3 suggested donation to offset the cost of programming.
Every day during open hours, from now until August 31, visitors also can take part in a nature-inspired mural that will be displayed at the Center.
“50 Ways to Find Your Center”
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.
About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award four times. PRM provides leisure programs and services to residents and visitors, which improve the quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 171 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the City's Open Space Plan; provides recreational opportunities to meet diverse community needs; maintains public marinas; and provides for public safety and the humane treatment of animals.
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