Hidden Valley Nature Center2018-11-29T13:26:19+00:00

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. Within it you can find various live animals, such as a rabbit, snakes, turtles, toads, and different activities for children to enjoy and reconstructed scenes of animals in their natural habitat. 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 Santa Ana River bottom.

There are assortments of educational programs offered by appointment. Programs offered include presentations about the Wetlands, Native Americans, Geology and Santa Ana River Watershed. Depending on the program selected, the program may include a hike, hands-on activities, a craft, a game and live animal presentations.


  • Hiking Trails
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Self-guided Nature Trail
  • Pond
  • Picnic Area
  • Seasonal Events
  • Outreach Programs
  • Educational Programs
  • Hands on activities
  • Bird Walks
  • Summer Day Camp Programs
  • Nature Camps
  • Scout Programs
  • Amphitheater


  • Parking – $5.00
  • Dogs – $2.00
  • Educational Programs – $5 per person


  • Open to the public: Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Appointments and scheduled tours available Tuesday through Friday.

Educational Programs

Knee High Naturalists

Knee High Naturalists is a bi- weekly program for young children ages 1-5, and their care givers. It is designed for you and your little one to be able to bond, explore and make discoveries about the wonders of nature. Each class takes a hands-on approach to learning including, activities, hikes, music, arts, crafts, and games.

Click here for more information on sessions available! 

School Field Trips

Come and join us for a fun-filled learning experience as we take your students on a hands-on adventure with presentations, live animals, hikes, games, and/or crafts to meet your state science or social science standards. We can also bring our programs to your school with presentations, activities, and/or live animals. Call early to reserve your date and time, as our schedule fills quickly.


Hidden Valley offers unique educational outreach programs to public and private schools. We offer a wide variety of programs to meet the needs and interest levels for grades k-6. For further Educational Outreach program information, please view the HDV Educational Outreach Brochure (PDF Link).

Little Explorers

The Hidden Valley Nature Center presents the “Little Explorers” program! This program provides a fun introduction to animals, plants and other nature topics. Through the use of music, movement, stories, crafts, hands-on activities and live animal presentations, nature will come alive.

This program is recommended for children between the ages of three and five years. Children 18 months and above who participate will be charged. Register early as there are a limited number of spots available. You must be pre-registered, no walk-ins please. Bring or mail in a copy of the registration form prior to your program. Pre-payment is required to reserve your spot.

Summer Camp

Page is updated every year when new info is available, current info is out of date.


Scout Programs

Hidden Valley offers a variety of programs for cub scouts, brownies and girl scouts. Cub Scout programs include activities that meet Achievement and Elective requirements for Tigers, Wolves, and Bears, and four Activity Badges for Webelos. Girl Scout programs meet the requirements for a variety of Brownie Try-its, Jr. Girl Scout Badges, and Sr. Girl Scout Interest Patches. Both girl and boy scouts are welcome to plan and complete a conservation project here at Hidden Valley. A variety of projects are available for those boys who wish to complete their Eagle Scout Project. For more information, click on one of the links below or call (951) 785-7452.

Girl Scout Programs 

Boy Scout Programs

Upcoming events at Hidden Valley Nature Center:

Ongoing events at Hidden Valley Nature Center. 

Wonders of the Watershed

January 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hidden Valley

Free family-fun event focused on natural homes that surround Santa Ana River Watershed. There will be activities for the kids, games, live animal and a presentations from the Aquarium of the Pacific!

Find out more »

Contact Us:

Address: 11401 Arlington Ave. Riverside Ca, 92505

Phone: (951-785-7452)

If you have additional questions, for a speedier response – please contact Guest Services for more information.


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