Located 1 mile northwest of Idyllwild on Highway 243, Idyllwild Nature Center offers a variety of field study trips, environmental education programs and guided tours which can be scheduled by appointment and tailored to fit specific needs or interests. Programs focus on mountain ecology, habitats, flora and fauna, Cahuilla Native culture and the history of the San Jacinto Mountains. During the summer, nature walks and natural history lectures are offered; every Saturday, June through August, the center offers Junior Naturalist Programs, which include forest nature walks, snacks, and workbooks.
Various seasonal events are held at Idyllwild Nature Center, including the well-known Lemon Lily Festival, Butterfly Daze, Labor Day Family Fun, and the Wildflower and Art Exhibit. A spacious auditorium is available to rent for special events.
The area surrounding the Center boasts a number of easy- to moderate-effort trails perfect for hiking, biking or horseback riding. Picnic tables set among the tall pine trees afford a relaxing venue for picnicking, relaxation, and observation of the local natural beauty.
The nature shop offers 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 Nature Center programs, facilities and exhibits.
Becoming an official Idyllwild Nature Center Park Friend is easy! Tax-deductible memberships help support the Nature Center and the Riverside County Regional Parks and Open Space District. Benefits of membership include the satisfaction of helping the Nature Center teach people from all over the world about our beautiful and fragile mountains, free admission for members and their families (with Family Membership) to the Nature Center and all programs & events, invitations to the Friends’ semi-annual potluck dinner and monthly board meetings, a 10% discount on all items in the Nature Shop, and biannual subscription to the Taquitz Telegram newsletter.
You can pick up a park brochure at the Riverside County Park District Headquarters or 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
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.
Children under 12: $3.00
Children under 2: free
Dogs must be on a leash and under your control at all times.