Ten years ago, the future of Shipley Nature Center was threatened due to difficult economic times in the city of Huntington Beach. Faced with closure, a group of dedicated volunteers stepped forward to make sure that the gates of Shipley would remain open for the public to enjoy. Today, with more than 100 volunteers and more than 28,000 visitors per year, Shipley Nature Center is thriving and allowing the local population to enjoy and utilize the information and natural beauty that Shipley has to offer.
Established as a 501c(3) nonprofit in 2002, the Friends of Shipley Nature Center has been completely renovated due to the volunteer efforts of many local businesses and community volunteers. After the non-native plants had been largely removed, the gates and entry rebuilt — thanks to volunteers who specialize in ironworks and masonry — and new trails established, the shiny new gates opened to the public in 2005.