Nature Discovery Tours are available for all ages and interests at Shipley Nature Center. Scheduled tours cost $3.00 per person. Call to schedule a tour with our trained volunteer docents who enjoy sharing the history of the area, our diverse habitats and unique nature aspects.
We offer field trips for schools, Scouts, garden clubs and other groups wishing to experience nature in an urban setting. School field trips are age-appropriate from preschool through college.
Scout tours focus on nature adventures or can meet requirements for merit badges. Garden club tours are given for adults interested in native plants and waterwise gardens.
Your tour will include walking the nature trails while learning about the flora and fauna of the Oak Woodland, Redwood, Coastal Sage Scrub, Riparian, Meadow and Blackbird Pond habitats. The Interpretive Building offers areas for creative, interactive learning for young children using puppets, books, and poetry for dramatic play. You will also find a diorama and taxidermy specimens of birds and animals that live at or visit Shipley. The history of the area is told through historical panels beginning with the Ice Age to present day Huntington Beach.
Some tours may include visiting the conservation yard to learn about composting, vermicomposting, water conservation and rainwater harvesting. Rain barrels, water hogs, composting bins, and a man-made stream are on display. Information regarding home use is available.