Welcome to Shipley Nature Center, 18-acres of California Native Habitat located in Huntington Beach Central Park. The Friends of Shipley Nature Center, a nonprofit organization, manage this lovely site as an example of native habitat, water conservation and wildlife refuge.
Named after former Huntington Beach Mayor, Donald D. Shipley, the nature center was opened in 1974. Dr. Shipley’s vision was to have a place which reflected what California was 100 years ago. The restoration process created several early California habitats, so that children would be able to see what Huntington Beach may have been like before intense development began, wiping out native habitats.
We are located on Goldenwest Street at Talbert, just across from the Huntington Beach Central Library. The Center is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday and on the second Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Volunteers staff the center, manage the grounds and tend the nursery. Visitors are encouraged to learn about the history of the area; explore the plant and animal life; attend programs that are age appropriate; walk the pathways or rest in a peaceful, calming environment. There is no charge for admission; however, we do encourage donations to assist us in keeping the gates open and the habitat safe.