The Shipley Nature Center is open to walk-in visitors on Fridays and Saturdays between 9 AM and 1 PM.  During the week, the nature center is only open to scheduled programs (school field trips, registered classes or group volunteers).

Please note before you head out to the nature center.  In the event of heavy rain or wind, the center might be closed.

The Friends of Shipley Nature Center are pleased to support the City of Huntington Beach with fundraising towards preserving, maintaining and operating Shipley Nature Center within Huntington Central Park – West.

Suggested walk-in donation is $3 per person.  Donations assist us in keeping the gates open and the habitat safe.  Donations are accepted through our account atPayPal.


READ TO A TREE  is a free activity at Shipley Nature Center presented in collaboration with the Huntington Beach Central Library.

Shipley Read to a Tree Brochure – Winter

Let’s read, enjoy nature, learn about native trees, and spend some time in the outdoors!  To participate in the Read to a Tree program at Shipley Nature, follow these steps:

  • Borrow a book from the Read to a Tree cabinet. Read through the information about this season’s featured tree and creature in the Read to a Tree binder.
  • Find this season’s tree using the map in the binder. This winter, we’re featuring the Toyon. Grab your chosen book and visit the tree. Read aloud as a family or silently on your own – the goal is to spend time in nature while reading!
  • Return any borrowed books to the cabinet.
  • Choose a leaf or animal cutout from the cabinet. Write your first name and the book you read. Place the cutout in the basket in the cabinet.
  • A Shipley volunteer will pin your cutout on the Shipley reading tree for all to see!
  • Fill out a drawing entry form, then place the completed form in the “Quarterly Drawing” box.
  • Each quarter, we’ll select one family to win a free one- hour docent-led tour of  Shipley Nature Center  for up to six people!

Shipley Read to a Tree Brochure – Winter


Shipley Parking is located at 17851 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach.  Additional parking is located at the Huntington Central Park West, 6741 Central Park Drive.


Contact Us by Phone:  (714) 842-4772      Email: info@shipleynature.org

FACEBOOK Friends of Shipley Nature Center

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Opportunities to Get Involved and join The Friends of Shipley Nature Center

  • We are actively seeking dedicated leaders with diverse perspectives to join both the FNSC Board and Committees of the Board.  Interested?
  • You are in a position to help a make impactful “investments” in education, wellness, conservation, which are among the most significant challenges that our society faces.
  • We actively sponsor environmental educational programs and kid-friendly activities to promote awareness for conserving the natural habitats that support a healthy ecosystem for humans and wildlife.

Watch “Hidden Huntington Beach” episode about Shipley Nature Center

Print Flyer – Looking for Volunteers

Support Shipley Nature Center Each Time You Shop Amazon

Each time you shop, please start with smile.amazon.com/ch/68-0517856.  AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchases to Friends of Shipley Nature Center at no cost to you.  Thank you!

Don’t Let It Loose, California!

  • Non-native invasive species- even exotic pets – may compete aggressively with California natives for survival and destroy the habitats.
  • Even though an animal may be native or endemic to your area, it may harm the existing gene pool if released.
  • Please read alternatives to releasing unwanted pets into the wild.
     California Dept of Fish and Wildlife  
  • Thank you for sustaining a healthy ecosystem with your responsible actions.

Coyote and Other Wildlife Information

Keep Me Wild – Feeding Wildlife is Dead Wrong by California Depart of Fish and Wildlife