Shipley Nature Center is an oasis nestled in the heart of Huntington Beach’s urban community.  Come discover the wonders of this  oasis containing southern California’s natural, coastal-chaparral native plant community throughout meandering trails around a fresh-water pond

The 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).  

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

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

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.


California Native Plant Sale

The Friends of Shipley Nature Center are raising funds to cover functional expenses and ensure that this beautiful natural space can continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Shipley Nature Center in partnership with The City of Huntington Beach Water Conservation will have hundreds of California native plants available for purchase. On the day of plant sale, we will set out mostly one-gallon size plants for the coastal, chaparral areas of Orange County. Vermiculture (worm castings) will be available in 10 lb bags.

We will be happy to answer your questions and suggest reading this resource CalScape Plant Information/

Date:    Saturday, November 4, 2023

Time:   9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Parking at 17851 Goldenwest St, Central Park Dr, and the Central Library

HB residents who attend will receive a voucher to: Buy a plant – Get one of equal or lesser value.  Limit of 5 free plants and one voucher per household.  Proof of residency required.

We accept all forms of credit card and app payments, including cash. If you wish, please ask us to assist with delivery of your purchased plants from the nature center to your vehicle.

Print PDF of Native Plant BOGO Sale at Shipley Nature Center 2023

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

FACEBOOK Friends of Shipley Nature Center

INSTAGRAM TheShipleyNatureCenter 


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