Park grounds and trails are open sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week
The John J. Collier Interpretive Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 a. m. - 3 p.m. & Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Parking lot gates and restrooms are locked at 5 p.m.
Entrance & Parking
There is no fee required to enter or park at the nature center. However, a $2 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 & 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, with the exception of service animals
No collecting of natural objects
No bicycles or skateboards
No smoking, cooking, or flame of any kind
Picnicking is welcome in our picnic area only, picnicking otherwise is prohibited inside the park
Stay on marked trails and do not approach the stream or take shortcuts
"Take only memories, leave only footprints"
Photography and Filming
All photography on Nature Center grounds, trails, or parking lot requires a permit. This includes engagement pictures, maternity pictures, headshots, and family pictures. Click here to obtain a photo permit, Call the Oak Canyon Nature Center office at (714) 998-8380 or via email with additional questions or assistance. Click here for more information.