Hours, Admission, Parking & Policies

Open Days and Hours

Tuesday from 9 am – 1 pm

Wednesday from 9 am – 1 pm

Fridays from 9 am – 1 pm

Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm

Beginning April 5, 2024, the nature center will have extended hours, 9 am – 6 pm, on  the first  Friday of each month.

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

Closed on These Major Holidays

New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving,  Christmas Day Eve and Christmas Day.


Entry to the nature center is free.  Please consider a donation to support our work – suggested donation is $3 per person.  Donations are accepted through our account at PayPal.

Restrooms are available on-site, including a refrigerated-filtered water station.

The grounds are great for kids for an easy stroll for their discoveries in a safe environment.

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Main Parking Lot: 17851 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, California 92647
Alternate Parking Lot:  6741 Central Park West, Huntington Beach, California 92647

Shipley Nature Center is located North of the intersection of Goldenwest and Talbert.

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Visitor Policies

Please do only walk along the wood-chipped trails.  In this way, you can respect the ecological-sensitive fauna and flora.  If you can walk and speak quietly, then listen and hear much more wildlife.

Decomposed granite trails meander throughout the campus and demonstration garden area.

Gathering areas for seating are interspersed through the nature center.  Picnic lunching is prohibited.

ADA Service Animals only are permitted.  Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are NOT considered Service Animals under the ADA and are not permitted.