Nature Nights

Come join us every Wednesday from June 20 to August 15 as we meet experts from a variety of natural fields. Each evening begins with a twilight walk at 7:00 p.m. led by our staff naturalists, followed by a formal presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Nature Nights will not be held Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Admission Details


Admission is free, but a $5 donation per family is suggested.

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Check out photos from past Nature Nights events.
Nature Nights Presentation

June 20: Journeys to the Past
Jacque Nunez is a Master storyteller and award winning educator. She will captivate you, and every family member. Journey with her back in time and be captivated by her stories, songs and engaging use of ancient instruments!

June 27: Journeys to the West
Come experience the "gold rush," the hands on work style of the pioneers and the Native Americans.  Pan for gold, wash clothes, shave the ole' fashion way, make an arrowhead, make Indian rope, make a beaded necklace, rope a steer and more. Designed by Award Winning Acjachemen Educator Jacque Nunez and conducted by her sons. 

July 11: Reptiles From Around the World
Dr. Tom Greek from Greek & Associates Veterinary Hospital 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.

July 18: 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.

July 25: 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.”

August 1: Spectacular Scat

Animals leave behind many types of clues for us to discover while out on the trails. Some clues can be smelly, slimy and gooey poop – that’s some spectacular scat! Join OC Parks’ Resource Specialist Kelley Brugmann as we become scat experts and examine the smelly side of what animals leave behind in our parks.

August 8: 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.

August 15: Annual Flashlight Walk
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!