This trail starts at the north end of the Employee Parking Lot and winds around the area near the Nature Center. It is flat and well-suited for small children and people who are physically limited. The total distance is less than a quarter of a mile.
This trail was developed for small children in memory of Mary Shannon, who was a volunteer here at the nature center for many years and Past President of the Nature Center Associates. The Student Naturalists of Eaton Canyon refurbished it in 1999. Please encourage children to stop, look, and listen for birds and other wildlife on the trail.
There are numbered marker posts along the trail which can be used as reference points. Click here to download a trail guide (pdf) or you may pick up a complimentary trail guide in the Nature Center and take it with you. It will give you information about what you might expect to see at each stop, such as the pond, laurel sumac, California sagebrush, coast live oak, poison oak, prickly pear cactus, yucca, coffeeberry, white sage, black sage, scale-broom, rocks, birds, squirrels, rabbits, lizards, and snakes.