The Shipley Nature Center is open to public walk-in visitors on TuesdaysFridays 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).  

The City of Huntington Beach is applying for a grant from the State to improve the trails in the nature center, including restoring the trail in the northeast corner of the nature center that was flooded by Blackbird Pond.  As part of the grant application process, we are seeking the public’s feedback about the trails at Shipley, and your input is most valuable.  Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey about the trails at Shipley Nature Center.

Link to On Line Survey

Print Page and Write Survey

We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.

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 at PayPal.


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

INSTAGRAM TheShipleyNatureCenter 


Attention schools:  For information about school field trip’s held at Shipley Nature Center, please call/email Inside the Outdoors directly   (714) 708-3885 / insidetheoutdoors@ocde.us

Opportunities to Get Involved at 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

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