Eaton Canyon Natural Area is a 190-acre zoological, botanical, and geological nature preserve situated at the base of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains. Visitors can enjoy its hiking trails, equestrian trails with a staging area, picnic areas, seasonal stream, rocks and minerals, various natural habitats, native plants, and wildlife.
was reopened in November of 1998, replacing the old one which burned in the Altadena fire of October 27, 1993. The 7,600 square-foot building contains many fascinating displays, live animals, offices, classrooms, an auditorium, restrooms, and an information desk/gift shop.
The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, during which time a staff member is present to assist you. Feel free to come inside and look around. You will find information about hiking trails, animals, plants, geology, history of the canyon, ecology, and docent-guided tours.
Remember when visiting Eaton Canyon or any other natural area, take your camera or binoculars with you
into the canyon, but please LOOK ONLY - touching or even trying to touch the wildlife can stress them
and cause illness or death, upsetting the balance of nature.
As you walk through the Canyon, pay close attention and you will see and hear many interesting things. The coast live oak is the most prevalent tree in Eaton Canyon and in Southern California. We also have sages, buckwheat, monkeyflowers, prickly pear cactus, sycamore trees, and hundreds more.
The beautiful San Gabriel Mountains have a rugged, steep southern ridge and a taller northern ridge, the two being separated from one another by a series of east-west canyons. They run along the San Gabriel Fault, once a main part of the San Andreas Fault, and contain the east and west forks of the San Gabriel River
DOCENT-LED FAMILY NATURE WALKS
- Every Saturday at 9am. Meet in front of the Nature Center. No Dogs, please. more ...
NATURE TAILS STORY HOUR
- Every Saturday at 10:30am. Nature Tails is a program in which we read animal and nature stories to children visiting the Nature Center. Meet in the Children’s Corner in the museum.
- Every Saturday following Story Time.
- Every Saturday at 11:30am. (Weather permitting)
Join us as we learn about nature and our surroundings through fun, child-friendly activities and crafts. Everyone is welcome. Meet in the Nature Center Patio. $2 donation suggested.
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY PLANT WALK
- Walks resume in the fall.
- Sunday, August 18 from 10am to noon.
Meet at the picnic tables by the pond.
Tabletop & Trailside
Drop in Sunday, August 18th anytime between 1pm to 4pm. "Trail Litter". Stop by in the Nature Center patio.
SEEDLab YOUTH & FAMILY WORKSHOP
Saturday, August 24, 10am to 12pm. Registration Required. see flyer ...
- Saturday, August 24 at 7pm in the auditorium. Learn about some of our curiously amazing critters from Southern California. see flyer ...
- Wednesday, September 4, at 7pm. "Citizen Scientist: Climate Change on a Tabletop" --- Misinformation on climate change is everywhere. How can you learn what's right and what's not? Fortunately, the science of climate change is accessible to everyone. In fact, it was figured out in the 1800s! In only 30 minutes, you can follow the same path as early scientists to understand why climate change is happening. Join Professor Austin Minnich as he shows you the processes at work on our planet with live experiments. See program details
EATON CANYON GARDENING GROUP
- Sunday, September 8, at 9am.
Meet in the Native Plant Garden.
- Friday, September 13 meet in Nature Center lobby at 7:15pm. Groups of 10 or more must make a reservation. see flyer ...
AUDUBON BIRD WALK
- Sunday, September 15, at 8am. Meet leader Hill Penfold in front of the Nature Center. more ...
PASADENA AUDUBON SOCIETY
- Wednesday, September 18 AT 7:30pm.
Mickey and Jon's Bird Id Quiz
We’ll usher in our fall season of meetings with Mickey Long and Jon Fisher hosting a fast-paced evening of bird identification puzzlers. http://www.pasadenaaudubon.org/?q=meetings
SOUTHWESTERN HERPETOLOGISTS SOCIETY
- Thursday, September 19 at 7:30pm
See website for information:
EATON CANYON CONSERVATION WORK DAY
- Saturday, September 21 from 9am to noon.
RSVP required. For more information
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
- Thursday, September 26.
6:30pm - Pot luck supper and Art Display
7:30pm - poetry reading
7:45pm - Members' side show
See program details
9:00 am - Family Nature Walk
10:30 am - Nature Tails Story Time
11:00 am - Animal presentation
11:30 am - Nature crafts
Moonlight Walks are held in the Spring and Summer on Friday nights, usually closest to the full moon.
Join us on September 13th at 7:15pm.
SoCal Explorer Program. Download the Agents of Discovery App to your smartphone and go on a special mission in Eaton Canyon. After completing your mission come to the Nature Center Information Desk to receive your patch.see flyer
Last year we raised money to bring over 1,350 children to Eaton Canyon. For many of the students it is often their initial exposure to plants and animals that are native to the area foothills.Bus Grant
Park & Trails: open daily from 7:30am to 7:00pm; closed Christmas & New Year's
Equestrian Staging Area: open daily 8-7; closed Christmas & New Year's
Nature Center & Museum: open daily from 9-5 except: Mondays, Christmas Day, and New Year's, but open on other Monday holidays.