ECNCA

Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates

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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
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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.


NATURE CRAFTS
- 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.


NATURE JOURNALING
- Sunday, August 18 from 10am to noon.

Meet at the picnic tables by the pond.


Tabletop & Trailside NATURE DISCOVERIES
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.
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TWILIGHT PROGRAM
- Saturday, August 24 at 7pm in the auditorium.
Learn about some of our curiously amazing critters from Southern California. see flyer ...


SIERRA CLUB
- 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.


MOONLIGHT WALK
- 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:
http://www.swhs.org/


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


Family Fun Saturdays

Join us for fun Saturday activities for the whole family!

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 9:00 am - Family Nature Walk
10:30 am - Nature Tails Story Time
11:00 am - Animal presentation
11:30 am - Nature crafts

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Moonlight Walk

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.

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What on Earth...?!

Learn about some of our curiously amazing critters from Southern California.

Saturday August 24th, 7:00pm

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Tabletop & Trailside Nature Discoveries
Agents of Discovery

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 Donation

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 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.