The El Dorado Nature Center is a part of El Dorado Park, situated along the San Gabriel River in northeast Long beach, California. The center’s 102-acre wildlife habitat is an island of tranquility in the midst of a busy urban landscape. As a government agency, the El Dorado Nature Center is dedicated to the enhancement of wildlife habitat and the human spirit. Through various nature-oriented activities, the center establishes its mission.
The center features two lakes, a stream, two miles of dirt trail, and a paved access trail that winds through meadows and forested areas. Amphibians, birds, mammals, reptiles, and native plants are among the wildlife of the Nature Center.
The center also features a learning laboratory for visitors of different age groups and all walks of life, including teachers and students. The purpose of the learning lab is to cultivate a sense of respect for, and understanding of, the natural world. Programs include a variety of science discovery tours patterned after the California Science Framework. Teacher workshops, science classes, and many environmental programs also are conducted by the center.
The center has arranged a program called "Beetle Brigade" for preschoolers. The special feature of this nature awareness program is to witness animal behavior. Children can observe feathered, furry and scaly creatures while taking part in the Beetle Brigade. Discovery tours that include hands-on investigation and activities are also conducted by the center.
The El Dorado Nature Center arranges special annual events as part of their volunteer activities. Among them is the International Coastal Cleanup, which invites people to join citizens from around the world to clean up beaches and wetlands. This fosters protection of the marine environment. Teachers and other professionals are part of the center's special events. Audubon Bird Walk, Butterfly Walk, Adult Nightlife Walk, Family Nightlife Walk, and Evening Campfire are among the activities staged for families and adults.
Through education, citizen involvement opportunities, habitat restoration and leisure activities, the center encourages a sense of obligation to, and stewardship of, the natural world.