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.
Various seasonal events are held here, including the Lemon Lily Festival, Butterfly Daze, Labor Day Family Fun and the Wildflower and Art Exhibit. A spacious auditorium is available to rent for any special events as well.
The area surrounding Idyllwild Nature Center is filled with trails perfect for hiking, biking or horseback riding. Easy to moderate effort trails can be found. Afterwards, enjoy your lunch at one of the several picnic tables set amongst the tall pine trees.
Stop by the nature shop for field and hiking guides, natural history books, children’s nature books, art from local artists, games, toys, pencils, stickers, posters, stuffed animals, craft kits, jewelry and much more! All proceeds help support the Nature Center programs, facilities and exhibits.
Don’t forget to become an Idyllwild Nature Center Park Friend! Tax-deductible memberships help support the Riverside County Regional Parks and Open Space District. Membership includes invitations to the semi-annual potluck dinner, monthly [board meetings, a 10% discount in the Nature Shop, free admission for you and your family and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping the Nature Center teach others about the beautiful mountains.
You can pick up a park brochure at the Riverside County Park District Headquarters, or you can drop into the park and check it out.
- Field Trips
- Educational Programs
- Junior Naturalist Programs
- Guided Tours
- Hiking Trails
- Biking Trails
- Equestrian Trails
- Snow play
- Rest Rooms
- Picnic Tables
- Nature Shop
- Yearly Memberships
- Auditorium Rentals
- Pet Friendly
Children under 12: $2.00
Children under 2: free
Dogs must be on a leash and under your control at all times.
There is a fee for day use in the park. Fees help support the Nature Center programming and facilities. Your day use fee allows you to tour the museum, hike the trails, picnic and use all the facilities. Please pay your fees inside the museum where you will receive a day use permit and park map.
Campers in the Idyllwild County Park Campground (with receipt) do not have to pay the day use fee.