Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates

The Eaton Canyon Nature Center

The Eaton Canyon Nature Center, a 7,600 square-foot facility, was reopened in November of 1998 after the previous building was destroyed in the Kinneloa Fire of October 27, 1993. The Nature Center features live animals, information displays, exhibits and collections, and an information desk, gift shop and bookstore.  It also has offices, classrooms, an auditorium, and restrooms.

Eaton Canyon

Be Your Own Tour Guide

Have fun discovering the plants, geology, and some of the animals (we hope!) of the Eaton Canyon nature preserve.

Eaton Canyon Animals

Remember when visiting Eaton Canyon or any other natural area, take your camera or binoculars with you into the canyon, but please LOOK ONLY – touching or even trying to touch the wildlife can stress them and cause illness or death, upsetting the balance of nature.

Eaton Canyon Plants

As you walk through the Canyon, pay close attention and you will see and hear many interesting things. The coast live oak is the most prevalent tree in Eaton Canyon and in Southern California. We also have sages, buckwheat, monkeyflowers, prickly pear cactus, sycamore trees, and hundreds more.

Eaton Canyon History

The beautiful San Gabriel Mountains have a rugged, steep southern ridge and a taller northern ridge, the two being separated from one another by a series of east-west canyons. They run along the San Gabriel Fault, once a main part of the San Andreas Fault, and contain the east and west forks of the San Gabriel River.

Upcoming Events & Education

Moonlight Walks

Moonlight Walks

May 24, 2024
June 21, 2024
July 19, 2024
August 16, 2024
Sept 13, 2024

Docent Details

Docent Details

Learn more about Docent Naturalist Volunteer Training.



Click to see Eaton Canyon Nature Center upcoming calendar of events.

Family Nature Walk

Family Nature Walk

Family Nature Walk Every Saturday morning, weather permitting, from 9am to 10am.


1750 N Altadena Dr
Pasadena, CA 91107

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 Gate Hours

Closed Mondays

Nature Center Hours

Closed Mondays

Gift Shop Hours

Tues., Wed., Fri., Sun.
Closed Mondays



Eaton Canyon has become a very popular place to connect with nature. Because of this, the parking lot is often full, not only on weekends but also on weekdays. If you arrive and there is nowhere in the main lot to park, you may use our overflow parking in the Equestrian Area. To access it, enter through the gate on the north side of New York Drive, just east of Altadena Drive. From there you can walk along the west side of the wash to reach the hiking trails or take the short foot path into the main parking lot to access the Nature Center.