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.
Have fun discovering the plants, geology, and some of the
animals (we hope!)
of the Eaton Canyon nature preserve.
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
9:00am Saturday Docent-Led Family Nature Walk
Meet in front of the Nature Center. No dogs please.
10:00am & noon Animal Ambassadors
10:30am Nature Tails Story Hour
Stories and activities for children.
10:30am & 12:30 Nature Discovery Tables:
Nature Knowledge Nights
Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday Drop-in. Look for us in
the Patio or Lobby 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
EATON CANYON GARDENING GROUP
Every Wednesday at 9:30 am and second Sundays of the month
at 10 am. Current volunteers only.
Meet by Nature Center garage door.
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at
7:30 pm via Zoom.
Monthly program meetings are held on most third Wednesdays of
each month at 7:00 pm
Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
Every Saturday morning, weather permitting, from 9am to 10am.
Join us outdoors for a guided walk in Eaton Canyon Natural Area. This walk is geared to families, including small children, and everyone is welcome. Walking shoes, sunscreen, water, and a hat are recommended. The walk is free to the public. Meet in front of the building. No Dogs, please.
Every Saturday Morning at 10:30 am
Nature Tails is a program to read animal and nature stories to children visiting the Nature Center. The program is free to the public. Meet in the Children's Corner in the mueseum.
Summer Park Hours ( March 01 to Oct 31)
Park and Nature Center are open Tuesday to Sunday.
Closed on Mondays, Christmas and New Year
Parking Lot Hours 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Nature Center is open 10:30 am to 7:30 pm