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El Dorado Nature Center, Long Beach

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El Dorado Nature Center

Photography Policy

Due to the sensitive habitat at El Dorado Nature Center, and to protect the integrity of the trail system, only informal “vacation style” photography and videography is allowed.

Any photography/videography that is staged, posed, uses props, lights, reflectors or costumes is prohibited inside the Nature Center.

Visitors photographing off trails, in trees, lakes or stream, or blocking the trail from general patron use, will be asked to stop and possibly leave the Center.

Thank You,

Nature Center Staff

Paid Professional Photography is allowed across the

street in the Regional Park, within the guidelines of

City Ordinance 16.16.060 (B)

16.16.060 (B) Sale or Solicitation Permit

No person shall offer, provide, sell, rent or solicit for sale or rent any goods, equipment, merchandise, food, beverage, service or instruction in, at or from any public park or place under the jurisdiction of the recreation commission or on either side of streets contiguous therewith without first obtaining a permit to do so from the director of the department of parks and recreation
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  • A friend and I have been making a weekly trek to the Nature Center for walks for two years now. The new entry really improves the special feature of this regional park area. . Two staff greeted guest ...  more »
  • I always feel wistful when I go to the El Dorado Nature Center because I grew up in nearby El Dorado Park Estates. This has been a favorite "haunt" of mine for years, and many times when I brought my ...  more »
  • Great safe hiking! Good for families with small children. You are not out in the wilderness, but it feels like it. Can be crowded, go early. There are turtles, lizards, birds that are easy to spot. Fo...  more »
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  • The nature center is a nice oasis in the middle of the city, There are options to do a shorter 1 mile trail or take the full 2 mile trail. The walk includes a mild climb up a hill, crossing over a small creek several times, passing through wooded areas that include a few redwood trees, traversing a meadow, and a walk around one of two lakes. The most stunning part of the nature center is the fact that it is 100% man-made. The hill is the material that was dug out of the two lakes and most of the trees were planted. The area attracts many birds and small mammals such as squirrels can be seen running around as well. If you are fortunate enough to be there in the quiet hours of the morning or in the evening during winter, you may get a glimpse of the resident coyote trotting across the trail. The nature center holds special events throughout the year including highly recommended night walks led by the rangers.
  • This is one of my favorite places in Long Beach. It is a great place to take kids, but it is also great for taking a relaxing nature walk. The visitor center has a lot of awesome things inside. They sell various books, rocks, science kits and other learning materials. My favorite things to buy are geodes from their. They only cost $5, they are pretty big and usually have pretty cool interiors (sometimes you get a solid one, still pretty, but not as cool).They also have small bottles of various crystals for a dollar each. They make a great mantle ornament. It is also an interactive center in that they have things like broken antlers, bones and other items that kids (and adults) can explore. They have a 2 mile trail, a 1 mile trail and a 1/4 mile trail so you have options depending on how you are feeling. None of them are very difficult. There is one area that has a few switchbacks that take you up a small hill, but it isn't very difficult. The trail is wide and well maintained. They are also two lakes that provide a great habitat for birds and the water turtles that live there. I've seen the following animals at the nature center (over many trips): Rabbits, squirrels, two types of water turtles, a grey heron, a white egret, a lot of lizards, some small fish and of course a whole lot of very cool and very old trees. Do yourself a favor and head over to the nature center. Take your kids on an informational outing, have a romantic (and cheap) date, or simply come here by yourself to relax.
  • El Dorado Nature Center Is so beautiful, you will enjoy walking on the trails, and for sure you would want to come again and again. A Picture can says a thousand word. This is an amazing park.
  • The best hiking place for a beginner like me not to mention it has a recreational side that is huge. You pay $7 to enter on one side and then you can take the path to drive to the other side
  • There is two different nature walks. One is a small cemented path. The other is natural walking path that is one or two mile paths.