Take the I-405 North for about 11 miles and then exit onto the I-605 North for about a mile. Exit East Willow Street from the I-605 and merge onto Katella Avenue. Continue onto Willow Street and turn right at Studebaker Road. Turn right at Spring Street.
Trails at the El Dorado Nature Center are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Nature Center offers various educational, adult, family and special events that range in price. Educational Badger Tours are $4 per person. The Beetle Brigade for ages 3 to 5 is $3 per person. Discovery tours are by reservation and are $4 per person. The adult nightlife walk is $3 per person. The Drawing in Nature – Spectacular Spring Program is $25 per class. Remaining adult programs range from $3 to $5 per person. Most special events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.
The El Dorado Nature Center offers a number of special events that excellent educational opportunities for parents and their children. Some upcoming events include:
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – The Turtle Show
May 10: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – International Migratory Bird Day
May 10: 10 a.m. to noon – Rollin Down the River bike tour of San Gabriel River
June 7: 7:30 p.m. – Liars, Thieves and Chocolate – An Evening of Storytelling ($5 donation)
The El Dorado Nature Center offers volunteer stewardship opportunities. The center offers training sessions to prepare persons to be a part of the Trail Stewards volunteer program. To become a steward one must complete the minimum three training sessions. Stewards then are involved in and help lead community service projects, coastal and wetland cleanups, meetings, and other hands-on activities. For more information, call Susan Ettinger at (562) 570-1749.
— Daniel Tedford