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 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday 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.

acorns on oak branchEaton Canyon: Be Your Own Tour Guide

Have fun discovering the plants, geology, and some of the
animals (we hope!)
of the Eaton Canyon nature preserve.

fence lizard


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


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


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


Saturday Morning Programs on the Patio

9:00 am Family Nature Walk
10:00 Animal Ambassadors
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
      Nature Center Discovery
      Story Telling Time
      Ask A Naturalist
      Seasonal Nature Exhibit
      Nature Learning Activity Packet
      Fun Giveaways
12:00 pm Animal Ambassadors

- Every Wednesday at 9:30 am and second Sundays of the month at 10 am.
Current volunteers only. Meet by Nature Center garage door

- Two workdays are scheduled per month from 9 am to noon.
For more information and to RSVP contact:
RSVP required. For more information

- 4th Thursday of the month

- Meetings will restart in Steptember 2021

- 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 7pm

Family Nature Walk

Family Nature Walk

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.

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.

Contact Us

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena, CA 91107

entrance - view from Altadena Drive
View of Altadena Drive entrance

Park Hours:

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