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.
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
- Thursday, February 28th at 7:30 pm. Two grant awardees from Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, Maria Jesus and Glen Morison, will present their research.
- Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00pm.
"Shawnte Salabert tells about her adventure, "Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in Southern California ". See https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q000002C1knAAC for program details.
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY PLANT WALK
- Sunday, March 8th at 9am.
Meet in the front of the Nature Center.
EATON CANYON GARDENING GROUP
- Sunday, March 8th, at 10am.
Meet in the Native Plant Garden.
AUDUBON BIRD WALK
- Sunday, March 15th, at 8am. Meet leader Hill Penfold in front of the Nature Center. more ...
- Sunday, March 15th from 10am to noon.
Meet leader Annabelle Aylmer at the picnic tables by the pond.
- Wednesday, March 18th at 7:30pm. "The Journey of Birds Across Space and Time" presented by Dr. Morgan Tingley.
EATON CANYON CONSERVATION WORK DAY
- Saturday, March 21th from 9am to noon.
RSVP required. For more information
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
- Thursday, March 26th at 7:30 pm. Orchid Black will speak on fire resistent land scaping.
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.
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.
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 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.