Urban Nature Projects
El Dorado Nature Center
For more than 30 years, the El Dorado Nature Center's 102.5 acres has been an oasis of greenery in the midst of Long Beach's busy urban landscape. Two lakes, a stream, 2 miles of dirt trails and a 1/4 mile paved trail wind through meadows, coastal sage scrub and woodlands offering visitors a serene getaway. The Center provides habitat for many wild animals and the museum has interactive hands-on exhibits and a mini zoo. Educational programs are provided monthly for adults and youth that focus on our natural world, and how to live a more sustainable life.
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine adopted "Riverlink", an integrated open space plan, to green the approaches to the Los Angeles River and make it more accessible to nearby neighborhoods which suffer from a deficit of open space. When fully implemented, RiverLink will comprise 263 acres of open space.
Wetlands restoration and preservation is continuing in Long Beach, including projects such as the Colorado Lagoon, Sims Pond, Dunster Reserve, Dominguez Gap and Deforest Park. The Colorado Lagoon park includes a Wetland and Marine Science Education Center and wetland tours, which provides critical education about the City's wetlands and habitats.
Long Beach Greenbelt
The site served for over half a century as a portion of the Pacific Electric Red Car line. In 1999, the City of Long Beach converted the land to recreational park lands, the Long Beach Greenbelt. One block on the right-of-way, between 7th and 8th streets, was set aside for native habitat restoration. Since then, the City has actively purchased all available Pacific Electric right-of-way area to be used as park or open space.
Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific provides a journey of discovery through the world's largest ocean where visitors can at the discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the North Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. The Aquarium also recently opened Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific, the new watershed environmental exhibition, classroom and native garden. The Aquarium also provides a traveling education center, the Aquarium on Wheels as part of their many educational programs.