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Hidden Valley Nature Center

Hidden Valley Wildlife Area is located along the Santa Ana River, east of Norco on Arlington Avenue, one mile west of La Sierra Avenue. It is set on 1500 scenic acres and has access to 25 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. Visitors can get away from the noise and lights of the city and enjoy the beautiful views of the river or the bluff overlooking the wetland pond. In the winter, Canada geese, northern shovelers, white-crowned sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers make their home here.

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Idyllwild Nature Center

Located 1 mile northwest of Idyllwild on Highway 243, Idyllwild Nature Center offers field study trips, environmental education programs and guided tours by appointment. Programs focus on mountain ecology, habitats, flora and fauna, Cahuilla Native culture and the history of the San Jacinto Mountains. Each program can be tailored to fit your specific needs or interests. Nature walks and natural history lectures are offered during the summer. Every Saturday June through August the center offers Junior Naturalist Programs. This children’s program includes a forest nature walk, snacks, and work books.

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Louis Robidoux Nature Center

The Louis Robidoux Nature Center contains a wealth of information. Their educational, hands-on displays are always changing, offering visitors something new almost every time they visit. Although continuously changing, topics often include Native American history, native mammals, birds and reptiles, basic astronomy, the environment and much more. The center also has a small children’s book and video library. Live animals can be found in the museum, such as a great horned owl, an opossum, snakes, tarantulas, toads, various species of fish and snails.

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Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Center

The Reserve consists of 9000 acres. The land has been set aside to protect unique ecosystems like Engelmann oak woodlands, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, bunchgrass prairie, vernal pools and more than 200 species of native birds and 49 endangered, threatened or rare animal and plant species, including mule deer, mountain lions, badgers, bobcats, western pond turtles, white-tailed kites and fairy shrimp. Two species of fairy shrimp live in the seasonal vernal pools on the Reserve, but only one is found here and nowhere else on Earth.

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