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Parent and Me Time at the Shipley Nature Center

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COME ENJOY STORY TIME

CRAFTS AND BEAUTIFUL NATURE TRAILS

When:   Wednesdays

Where:  Shipley Info Center

Time:     11:00 AM

Cost:      $3.00 Per Parent

Shipley Nature center has an Interpretive Center with a children’s corner, nature trails, water wise gardens as well as weekly children’s actives on Saturday’s, composting classes and native plant sales.

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Shipley Nature Center includes 4,000 feet of well-maintained trails that meander through several habitats, including oak woodlands, Torrey pines, meadows, and Blackbird Pond, a natural freshwater wetland with mature willows and sycamores.  Within the Nature Center is a 1,500 sq. ft. Interpretive Building with exhibits on local wildlife and ecology.

Upcoming Events

There is no charge for admission; however, donations are encouraged to assist in keeping the gates open and the habitat safe.

Hours

Monday – Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday* 9:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday Closed
Closed on Sundays and all major holidays:
New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day,Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day
* August and September

 

 

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Discover Nature at the Natural History Museum

We visited the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles this past weekend. I was excited about my girls seeing the traditional exhibits that the museum has to offer.

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  Even more excited when we saw the new dinosaur area (it’s been awhile since my last visit) with the interactive displays that my 4 year loved tinkering with.

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But then, we reached the nature gardens labs. WOW, I fell in love with this area of the museum. There are several different garden areas: The Pond, The Erika J. Glazer Family Edible Garden, The Get Dirty Zone and the Pollinator Garden.

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I snapped so many pictures of the garden, my phone had lost it’s power by the time we reached the nature lab so I was only able to take a few pictures. If you’ve never been to the Garden & Nature Lab, I encourage you to visit. It is spectacular! The gardens are gorgeous and the edible garden (my favorite) is beautiful. You are encouraged to pick and eat the fruit and veggies. The Nature Lab is incredible. They have so many interactive displays, microscopes, and a living rat community simulating a sewer system. It’s bright and alive and full of learning opportunities.

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ADDRESS

900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 763-DINO

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HOURS + ADMISSIONS

9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily

Members FREE
Children 2 and under FREE
School Groups FREE
California Teachers* FREE
Children 3 – 12 $5.00
Youth 13 – 17 $9.00
College Students w/ ID $9.00
Seniors (62+) $9.00
Adults $12.00
*Grades PreK-12 with valid school ID or paystub

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Fullerton Arbortetum

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Last Saturday we visited the Fullerton Arboretum, this very tranquil place is located  just off the 57 frwy in Fullerton on the Cal State University Fullerton campus.

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 As we walked  along the dirt path we were greeted by glorious sunflowers and a waterfall. The waterfall leads to a stream that flows throughout one side of the arboretum and into two ponds. The ponds are hosts to ducks, fish, turtles and cranes. The stream instantly inspired my daughter to draw and write in her journal.

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There is a small nature center for the kids (with binoculars for the kids to use during their visit), a fruit orchard, a children’s garden, a community garden, walking trails (one with redwood trees) and a plant store called the “Potting Shed” that sells plants which reflect the Arboretum’s Garden Collections: Cultivated, Desert, Mediterranean, and Woodland.

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They have guided tours of the Heritage House. This Eastlake style home was the home of Dr. Clark, one of the most highly regarded individuals in early Fullerton. The home was relocated to the Arboretum in 1972. The interior is fully restored and refurbished with furniture and medical equipment of that era. A suggested donation of $3.00 is encouraged be not required.

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The Farm Stand is open every Sunday and sells vegetable grown at the arboretum. They offer educational opportunities for adults such as Yoga in the Garden, Composting and an Eating in the Yard Series. They also hold an ongoing children’s series called Bug-Safaris, There are plenty of walking trails and benches to sit and enjoy the views and a quick snack.

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Bring your water and be advised that picnicking is not allowed inside the Arboretum, there are however picnic tables just before the entrance. Parking is free on a dirt lot. A  donation of $5.00 to visit the arboretum is suggested but not required. For a complete list of events check their calendar. In addition to the Family Fun to be had here, places like this are a great addition to your Summer Educational Series. Here’s a list of botanical gardens and arboretums in the United States.

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