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Embark on the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe-inspiring great outdoors. Learn its history and the vital contributions of John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt to the establishment of our national park system in National Parks Adventure 3D narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford.

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For 100 years, such spectacularly wild and beautiful places as Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Everglades, the Redwoods, and Arches have been a living monument to the nation’s vast and untamed wilderness. Now, captured with IMAX® 3D cameras, National Parks Adventure 3D, celebrates the majesty of these treasured landscapes. Join world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe, and artist Rachel Pohl as they bike, hike, and climb their way across America’s most pristine parks, revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in us all.

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WHAT: National Parks Adventure 3D
WHEN: Opens February 12, 2016

WHERE: California Science Center | 700 Exposition Park Drive | Los Angeles, CA 90037

CONTACT INFO: (323) 724-3623

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Malibu Creek State Park

August 2, 2015 — 1 Comment
Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tallgrass plains, oak savannah’s, and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.”

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There are 15 miles of streamside trail through oak and sycamore woodlands and chaparral-covered slopes. After a good rain, namesake Malibu Creek comes to life.

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The park, formerly owned by 20th Century Fox Studios, opened in 1976 and has welcomed millions of visitors since. The stunning terrain here that has been seen all over the world in movies and television awaits you. Come hike, ride, climb, and explore L.A.’s most spectacular park!

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WHAT: Malibu Creek State Park
WHEN: Sunup to sundown 
WHERE: 1925 Las Virgenes Road (at Mulholland Hwy) | Cornell, CA  91301  

CONTACT INFO: (818) 880-0367

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More than 30 native North American butterfly species and an array of plants take up residence every summer at the Natural History Museum‘s living habitat, the Butterfly Pavilion. Wander through a unique changing ecosystem, witness free-flying creatures interacting with plant life, and emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals.

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The Butterfly Pavilion showcases hundreds of butterflies and the plants that surround them, an interaction that has been refined over the course of millions of years. See up close how butterflies use their tubular mouthparts to obtain nectar and witness caterpillars feed on leaves and go through the process of their transformation into adults. Various butterflies are present at different points during the season and the plants will grow and change. This means that each visit to the Butterfly Pavilion throughout the summer can be a different experience!

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WHAT: Butterfly Pavilion
WHEN: April 12 through September 7, 2015
WHERE: 900 Exposition Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90007

DETAILS: 

CONTACT: (213) 763-3466

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El Dorado Nature Center

December 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

Looking for a bit of nature in the middle of the city? Nestled between the San Gabriel River and the 605 Freeway, El Dorado Nature Center is an oasis of natural habitat, offering visitors the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the urban environment.

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The 105 acres that make up the Nature Center grounds provide sanctuary for animals and plant life. Two miles of dirt trails and a ¼ mile paved trail wind around two lakes, a stream, and forested areas.

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At the entrance, cross over the wooden bridge that spans the lake and you’ll find yourself on a small island that houses the Visitor Center, containing educational displays and a small gift shop offering environmentally themed books and gifts.

WHAT: El Dorado Nature Center
WHEN: Trails Tuesday – Sunday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Museum Tuesday – Sunday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm | Closed Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
WHERE: 7550 East Spring Street | Long Beach, CA 90815

DETAILS: 

  • Vehicle Entry Fees: $5 Monday – Thursday, $6 Friday $7 Saturday and Sunday, and $8 Holidays 

CONTACT INFO: (562) 570-1745

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The Stough Canyon Nature Center has an exhibit hall with educational and interpretive displays about the natural history of the area and its plant life. It features a small library, a classroom, and an outdoor amphitheater.

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The Center provides information on local habitat and the natural history of the area and offers nature workshops, classes, and seasonal day camps. Local docents provide ongoing hiking activities in the park.

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Beginning at the top of Walnut Avenue, near the Nature Center, the fire road leads to the Verdugo Mountainway Trail. The Verdugo Mountainway is an extensive trail system which extends from the Sun Valley area south to Glendale’s Brand Park and to the northeast leading to Tujunga and La Crescenta.

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Hiking and mountain biking are permitted on the fire roads. The smaller trails are for hiking only and along with the fire roads lead to spectacular views of the San Fernando valley.

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A mile from the start, you will reach the ruins of an abandoned camp. A tall brick chimney is the first thing you will notice, rising from the concrete footprint of an old building; perhaps a lovely lodge at one time.

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The old camp is located in a plateaued saddle in the mountains covered in buckwheat and other low brush and grasses. Standing at the camp, the cityscape disappears behind you and you will get a lovely view north through a gap in the mountains followed by the San Gabriel Mountains further to the north.

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Venture outdoors this summer and visit the Stough Canyon Nature Center with friends and family for a beautiful day of hiking and sightseeing.

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WHAT: Stough Canyon Nature Center
WHEN:
See details below 
WHERE: 
2300 Walnut Avenue | Burbank, CA 91501

DETAILS:

  • Hours Open to the Public: (September – June) Tuesday – Friday, Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays, most holidays. (July and August) Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Parking lot will be closed and gate locked at 5:00 p.m. unless there is a City of Burbank activity.

CONTACT INFO: (818) 238-5440

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The Wildlife Learning Center rescues animals and provides outreach and on site education in wildlife biology. The outreach program is the largest in Los Angeles with classes taught by their friendly and enthusiastic biologists. The center is nestled in an old olive grove where more than 70 different species of rescued and zoo-born wild animals call this shady, natural environment home.

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Stroll along the paths and enjoy viewing the animals or sign up for a more intimate experience with a customized tour or animal interaction. Be sure to catch their trainer talks happening on the hour every hour starting at 12 pm. During their trainer talks one of their staff members will introduce an animal to meet up close and sometimes even touch!

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If you are looking for a special experience your children will never forget, then sign up for the Zoology Camp. Campers can spend a week with the biologist counselors and all the species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods, learning about animal care, training and handling, enrichment, and the presenting of animals.

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WHAT: The Wildlife Learning Center
WHEN: Monday – Sunday | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: 16027 Yarnell Street | Sylmar, CA 91342

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: Children $6 (13 and under), Adults $7, Seniors $6, Veterans (with I.D.) $6, and children two years and younger free

CONTACT INFO: (818) 362-8711 or info@wildlifelearningcenter.com

SOCIAL MEDIA: Yelp

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Culver City Park is home to a new open ropes course, run by Fulcrum Adventures. The “Culver City team building high ropes challenge course” features eight elevated events, including a fifty-foot climbing wall, a beam walk, a power pole, and a trapeze jump. Looks scary but very fun!

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The team building high ropes challenge course features elevated events that thrill and give participants and organizations the opportunity to rise to their full potential. The course begins with a large, fifty-foot leadership climbing wall capable of simultaneously supporting two individuals while they scale their way to a panoramic view of the city. Other elements include high team building wire walks, a partnership balancing beam, a leadership leap of faith, and the giant swing.

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In addition to high ropes challenges, the Culver City location also offers spacious picnic and activity grounds for meals, games, and team building activities. Their staff utilizes this beautiful environment to develop a memorable, exciting, and enriching program for clients.

Nestled among trees, the ropes course challenge offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding coastal cities. It is conveniently located near the 405 and 10 freeways.

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Across from the Boneyard (dog park) in the Culver City Park, is a long ramp that zigzags up a cliff. This is the Interpretive Nature Trail, a 20 minute trail designed for wheelchair accessibility, the visually impaired, and the casual trailblazer.

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WHAT: Culver City Park Ropes And Nature Trail
WHEN: Contact Fulcrum Adventures
WHERE:
Culver City Park | 9700 Jefferson Blvd. | Culver City, CA 90232

CONTACT INFO: (310) 452-7992

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