Welcome to Oak Canyon Nature Center
Oak Canyon Nature Center is a 58-acre natural park nestled in the Anaheim Hills. A year-round stream meanders through the park. Consisting of three adjoining canyons, four miles of hiking trails traverse one of the few remaining areas of oak woodland and coastal sage scrub in our region. Native wildlife makes the canyon their home and is just waiting to be discovered. Also located on site is the John J. Collier Interpretive Center, a small museum with live animal and regional natural history exhibits.
The Nature Center is ideal for those who are just stepping into the wilderness for the first time or for those more experienced trekkers who are seeking a short hike.
Oak Canyon Nature Center - Trail Information and Map
Hours of Operation
Park grounds and trails are open sunrise to sunset, seven days a week
The John J. Collier Interpretive Center is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00am-4:00pm
Parking lot gates and restrooms locked at 5:00pm
The Oak Canyon Nature Center grounds and trails are closed to the public when Red Flag Warnings and Flash Flood Warnings are issued for our area. Trails may also be closed due to heavy rain or high winds. It is recommended that you call (714) 998-8380 during these times for current information.
Entrance and Parking
There is no fee required to enter or park at the nature center. However, a $2.00 donation is greatly appreciated! Parking at the nature center is limited and it is recommended that groups carpool. Parking at the nature center is available both in the parking lot at the bottom of Walnut Canyon Road as well as on the side of Walnut Canyon Road in designated areas. Please watch signs designating parking areas carefully.
Groups and Self-Guided Tours
Groups and classes must have reservations. Guided group tour information and packages can be found here . Please call at (714) 998-8380 for more information.
The Oak Canyon Nature Center has established operational guidelines which are designed to promote the conservation of the Nature Center's wildlife resources, as well as for the benefit and protection of park visitors. The guidelines include:
- No pets, dogs, or horses
- No collecting of natural objects
- No bicycles or skateboards
- No smoking, cooking, or flame of any kind
- No alcohol
- Picnicking is welcome in our picnic area only. Picnicking is prohibited inside the park
- Stay on marked trails. Do not approach the stream or take shortcuts
- "Take only memories, leave only footprints"
Photography and Filming
All photography or filming of persons on Nature Center grounds, trails, or parking lot requires a permit. This includes engagement pictures, maternity pictures, headshots, family pictures, and student films. Requests for permits should be made ten (10) days in advance to Program Specialist Libby McCarthy at (714) 998-8380 or LMcCarthy@anaheim.net. Please see the attached information sheet for regulations and fees.
Please note that you must make an in-person appointment in order to receive a photography or filming permit.
Looking for the perfect place to hold your next wedding, gala, or special event?
Discover one of Orange County’s best kept secrets! Share that special day with family and friends under a majestic canopy of coastal oaks, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of our year-round stream. Oak Canyon Nature Center offers a unique, picturesque venue for your wedding ceremony.
For more information on holding your event at the Oak Canyon Nature Center, please contact Program Specialist Gina Pedigo at (714) 998-8380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
***We are a ceremony only venue***
Anaheim Resident: $620.00 ♦ Non-Residents: $680.00
Available:Two times per day, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.
Includes: Four hour rental of the amphitheatre, use of our state-of-the-art sound system, two-hour rehearsal, indoor restrooms, and seating for up to 225 guests.
Wedding Fees Subject to Change Beginning September 1, 2015. All wedding reservations scheduled after this date will be required to pay the new approved rate.
A security/damage deposit of $125.00 is required in addition to the full payment of the fee above in order to reserve your date. Receptions cannot be booked at the Nature Center. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We accept and check
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Why a $2.00 Entrance Donation?
Your donation goes directly to the Oak Canyon Nature Center, allowing us to fund various projects throughout the park, including habitat restoration, trail improvements, museum exhibits, and more. Donations are tax deductible, and larger donations can be arranged through our office at (714)998-8380. Thank you for your support!
Interested in becoming a sponsor of the Nature Center? Contact us at (714) 998-8380 or email@example.com!
Both monetary and in-kind donations are welcomed by the nature center. To donate online, visit the Anaheim Community Foundation's website at http://www.anaheimcf.org/donate/. Be sure to specify that you want your donation to benefit the Oak Canyon Nature Center!
Explore and discover the Oak Canyon Nature Center like never before through an exciting Birthday Safari! Ages 4-12 will enjoy 2 hours of action-packed fun, including:
- ♦ A naturalist led hike
- ♦ Your choice of safari-themed craft
- ♦ Museum visit
- ♦ Special time for refreshments and gifts
- ♦ Live animal encounter with up close and personal interaction.
A "base camp" with tables and chairs will be set up for your party next to the Interpretive Center, overlooking the stream. At the end of their safari, children will receive an "explorer pack" filled with goodies and trinkets as a souvenir.
Safari Pricing: $240.00 for up to 15 participants
Additional participants:$12.00 per child
Programs, Events, & Tours
Nature Nights | “Cinema Under the Stars” Movie Nights |
Tiny Tots Academy | Discover Nature Family Program | Tours
Spring Fling and Eco-Fun Faire 2015
Thank you to all those who attended Oak Canyon Nature Center’s 2015 Spring Fling and Eco-Fun Faire event on Saturday, April 4, 2015! Your pictures taken with Mr. Bunny by City staff can be found here.
Come join us as we meet experts from a variety of natural fields. Each evening begins with a twilight walk at 7:00pm led by our staff naturalists, followed by a formal presentation at 7:30pm. Admission is free, but a $5.00 donation per family is suggested.
Wednesday, June 24th, 7:30pm: Twilight Walk
The 2015 Nature Nights Program begins with an introduction to Oak Canyon and a walk with Oak Canyon’s Naturalists as the sun begins to set. Several walks of varying ability levels will be offered. Be sure to bring your flashlight.
Wednesday, July 1st, 7:30pm: Animal Magic
Join Educator & Magician John Abrams for an evening learning, laughter and fun as he shares a variety of animals from around the world.
Wednesday, July 8th, 7:30pm: “Trapper” Dan Jundanian’s Insect Fair
Join us for an evening of learning and fun. Dan Jundanian, a former longtime Oak Canyon Naturalist, returns for his annual Nature Night presentation. Enjoy an evening of insect education as Dan displays exciting insects from around the world.
Wednesday, July 15th, 7:30pm: Wonders of Wildlife
Cheryl Rendes from Wonders of Wildlife will share a variety of animals from the savannas of Africa to the tropical regions of South America.
Wednesday, July 22nd, 7:30pm: Reptiles from Around the World
Dr. Tom Greek will bring along an exciting collection of reptiles including local and exotic snakes, lizards and more. Learn about the lifestyles of these unique reptiles and enjoy an opportunity to see and touch these animals up close.
Wednesday, July 29th, 7:30pm: Orange County Birds of Prey
Dr. Scott Weldy, Veterinarian and Director of the Orange County Birds of Prey Center, will share information on raptors and will bring a variety along for an audience “encounter.”
Wednesday, August 5th, 7:30pm: Our Solar System
Mike Beckage will introduce the challenging hobby of amateur astronomy through his breathtaking slide show. Then we will journey up the hill and view the night sky through telescopes aimed at the evening’s best features. *This program involves a strenuous uphill walk to reach the viewing area.
Wednesday, August 12th, 7:30pm Annual Flashlight Hike
While waiting for the sun to set, get an introduction to the “creatures of the night” then join Oak Canyon’s naturalists on a trek through the trails of the Nature Center. There will be several walks of varying abilities. Don’t forget your flashlight as we explore Oak Canyon at night!”
“Cinema Under the Stars” Movie Nights
COME SEE A MOVIE AT OAK CANYON NATURE CENTER! Each evening begins in the amphitheater with a twilight walk at 7:30pm led by our staff naturalists, followed by our feature presentation at 8:00pm. Blankets or jackets are suggested. Admission is free, but a $5.00 donation per family is suggested. And what would a movie be without the snacks? Visit the Oak Canyon Snack Bar during your movie to get all your movie favorites, including: popcorn, candy, water, and more! All proceeds go directly to the Nature Center.
Friday, July 17 The LEGO Movie
Friday, July 24 Paddington
Friday, July 31 Brave
Click here to download the flyer
Tiny Tots Academy
Is your child ready for kindergarten? The Tiny Tots Academy provides an educational environment for your child to foster a lifelong love of learning. The mission of Tiny Tots Academy is to prepare participants for kindergarten by encouraging self-confidence and an enthusiasm for learning.
Oak Canyon Nature Center offers classes for 3 to 5 year olds Monday-Friday inside the John J. Collier Interpretive Center. You have the option to sign up for a 2 day, 3 day or 5 day classes. Other sites are available throughout the City of Anaheim.
If you would like more information, to meet our leaders, or to schedule a tour please call 714-765-4980.
Discover Nature Family Program
Come join us weekend mornings for an hour long, naturalist-led hike through Oak Canyon and live animal demonstration themed to the Canyon's plants, animals, history, ecology, and more! Pre-registration is not required, although large groups must contact the nature center before hand to make reservations.
Discover Nature Family Program is held both Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10:30am-11:30am. Participants should wear closed-toed shoes. Children of all ages welcome. Stroller and wheelchair accessible hikes are available.
Fee: $5.00 donation/ family
Group and School Tours
Looking for a great place to take your class, scout group, or other organization to delve deep into the natural world? Come to Oak Canyon Nature Center for a Group Tour! Each tour is led by a professional staff naturalist. Tours are 1.5 hours and include a nature hike, museum visit, and live animal demonstration.
A minimum of 20 children is required to reserve your spot, and there must be a ratio of 1 adult for every 10 children. Tours are available by reservation only, and are dependent upon staff availability. Please call the Nature Center at (714) 998-8380 to enquire about availability and reserve your spot.
Fee: $6.00 per participant
$4.00 per adult
Teachers and Instructors are FREE
O.A.K.S. Day Camp
ATTENTION ALL 5-12 YEAR OLDS! If you love to explore and discover nature, this program is for you! Each of these fun and challenging camp sessions will develop your outdoor awareness, knowledge, and skills. Not long ago, existence depended on the ability to live harmoniously with the plant and animal resources in the local environment. Hanta Yo! At O.A.K.S. Summer Day Camp, participants are introduced to Native American lifestyles through various program components. Each session will focus on a special nature topic and will include trail walks, art, nature, games, and Native American traditions.
After registering, don’t forget to complete the required camp forms below!
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6700 E. Walnut Canyon Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92807
Oak Canyon Nature Center
200 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
The Oak Canyon Nature Center is located in the heart of Anaheim Hills, adjacent to the Anaheim Hills Golf Course. For step-by-step directions from any location, please click here.
Roots N' Shoots
Like nature? Need community service hours? Grab your jeans and head down to OCNC! Come join us for 1.5 hours a week as we maintain trails and keep Oak Canyon looking good! Possible activities include: trail clearing, stream maintenance, non-native plant removal, and habitat restoration. All work materials provided. Groups should make reservations with nature center staff in advance. **Please note that the nature center cannot take volunteers who are referred by courts. Court referrals may volunteer with the Code Enforcement division.
When: Saturdays, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Ages: 12 & up
Bring: A good attitude, any forms you need filled out, and a guardian to sign waiver.
O.A.K.S. Day Camp
Oak Canyon Nature Center strives to provide quality programming to the community. Under close supervision, volunteers, ages 13-17, are needed to help supervise children ages 5-12 participating in day camp activities, in addition to assisting staff in instruction and preparation. To volunteer, you must go through an orientation process, which includes fingerprinting and criminal background check.
STEPS TO BECOMING A VOLUNTEEN
1. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE
2. Schedule an appointment with the Program Specialist to attend an orientation and/or have your fingerprints taken.
3. Return completed VolunTEEN application to during your appointment.
4. New and Returning VolunTEENs must attend an orientation with a parent or guardian.
5. First time applicants must have their fingerprints taken for a background check; this will be completed by the Program Specialist during your appointment. A PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED FOR FINGERPRINTING. A school ID, driver’s license, or passport is acceptable.
6. Submit proof of Tuberculosis (TB) Clearance, dated within the past two years.
7. Teens will be notified of acceptance and placement via mail.
8. Attend your program training as scheduled by your VolunTEEN supervisor.
9. Have fun, gain experience, and meet new friends!
ALTHOUGH THE INITIAL DEADLINE HAS PASSED, TEENS ARE WELCOME TO INQUIRE ABOUT AND APPLY FOR THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF VOLUNTEER POSITIONS THAT ARE STILL AVAILABLE.
Appointments for orientations and fingerprinting will be held at 200 S. Anaheim Blvd Ste. 433, Anaheim, CA 92805, in the Community Services Department (4th Floor) and can be scheduled between 10am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. For questions, additional information on which positions are available, or to make an appointment, please call the VolunTEEN Program Specialist at (714) 765-4994 OR email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eagle Scout Projects
A limited number of Eagle Scout projects may be available at Oak Canyon Nature Center. For more information, please contact the Nature Center at (714) 998-8380 or email@example.com.
Any staff or internship positions available at the Oak Canyon Nature Center are listed on the City of Anaheim's Job Seekers page at http://www.anaheim.net/jobs. Please visit the Job Seekers for more information regarding employment.
Are you an artist? Photographer? Contractor? If you have a unique skill or talent and would like to volunteer, a specialized project may be available. Please contact the Nature Center for details.