ECNCA

Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates

Upcoming Events

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.

The Eaton Canyon Nature Center

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.

Nature Center building
fence lizard

Animals

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.

Golden Poppy

Plants

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.

Canyon History

History

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

Eaton Canyon Events

Calendar

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.


ANIMAL PRESENTATION
- Every Saturday following Story Time.


SIERRA CLUB
- Wednesday, December 4. Benefit Dinner
See details at: Dinner details


CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY PLANT WALK
- Sunday, December 8 at 9am.

Meet in the front of the Nature Center.


EATON CANYON GARDENING GROUP
- Sunday, December 8, at 10am.

Meet in the Native Plant Garden.


AUDUBON SOCIETY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT PREP
- Wednesday, December 11, 7:30pm - 9pm.
The traditional pre-count meeting will introduce the Christmas Bird Count to newcomers and alums alike.


AUDUBON BIRD WALK
- Sunday, December 15, at 8am.
Meet leader Hill Penfold in front of the Nature Center. more ...


NATURE JOURNALING
- Sunday, December 15 from 10am to noon.

Meet at the picnic tables by the pond.


PASADENA AUDUBON SOCIETY,
SOUTHWESTERN HERPETOLOGISTS SOCIETY
- Thursday, December 19 at 7:30pm

Holiday Potluck! More Information


EATON CANYON CONSERVATION WORK DAY
- Saturday, December 21 from 9am to noon.

RSVP required. For more information


Family Nature Walk

Family Nature Walk

Every Saturday morning, weather permitting, from 9am to 11am.
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.

Nature Tails - Storybook Reading Time

"Nature Tails"
Storybook Reading Time

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.

Agent Woodrat

Kids: Become an Eaton Canyon Discovery Agent!

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.

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Bus Grant Committee

Please Help Us
Bring Students to the Canyon

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

Contact Us

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone:
626-398-5420
email: ecncag@gmail.com

entrance - view from Altadena Drive
View of Altadena Drive entrance

Park Hours:

Park & Trails: open daily from 7:30am to 5:00pm; 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.