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). During the month of August, we will close at 1 pm and re-open at 4:30 pm until 7:30 (or dusk).   

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

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Newsletter December 2021

The Friends of Shipley Nature Center 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.

Cool Summer Nights at Shipley Nature Center 2022

Each night the gates open at 4:30 pm and close at 7:30 pm (dusk).  Join us for presentations, performances or simply to walk the trails.  Pause and enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of the wildlife, trees and flowers.  Scavenger hunts and other activities available for kids and kids-at-heart.  Print Black & White PDF Flyer

The Friends of Shipley Nature Center actively sponsor the following programs and kid-friendly activities to promote awareness for conserving the natural habitats which supports 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