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Nature Center at Avalon Canyon

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Educational on Catalina's wildlife and conervation.

What a gem. Free to the public. We were walking up to the gardens and found this wonderful center... read more

Reviewed March 2, 2016
Mary-Pat M
Thousand Oaks, California
Great to see on the walk down from the botanical gardens.

Quick short visit, but they have done a great job. Good information and friendly staff. I would... read more

Reviewed February 11, 2016
Brigide D
Costa Mesa, California
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Exhibits and films about Catalina Island’s wildlife, visit with a Naturalist, and get a hiking permit.
Avalon Canyon, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0954
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Reviewed March 2, 2016

What a gem. Free to the public. We were walking up to the gardens and found this wonderful center. We enjoyed learning about the wildlife on the island and the people who work in the field to restore the native plants and animals to the...More

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed February 11, 2016

Quick short visit, but they have done a great job. Good information and friendly staff. I would recommend it.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Brigide D
Reviewed January 25, 2016

We spend about 30 minutes here. It is a small nature center but had plenty to look at and read. It was a nice enjoyable break. Nice bathrooms and drinking fountain. If you have the time stop in for a few minutes.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank Paul W
Reviewed November 28, 2015

You must spend more than a couple of days exploring Catalina. There seems to be a great site in each curve and hill you climb. Take this nature center for instance. There is amazing wildlife, perhaps not a lot of it compare to other places...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank MissDWilson
Reviewed November 11, 2015

My husband and I stop here every time we visit Catalina because we both love wildlife. It's a nice 15-20 minute walk from Avalon. Make sure you bring water. It's uphill to the center. The nature center contains displays and exhibits about the island. If...More

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed September 29, 2015

This old "Interpretive Center" was rechristened a few years back with new exhibits and displays. Some still need refreshing (the information is dated), but still they tell a good story of the programs and challenges of nature conservation on the Island. The videos are wonderful...More

Date of experience: October 2014
1  Thank CarlosLdelaRosa
Reviewed July 7, 2015

Not too overwhelming a place, so even the kids saw it all without whining. They had some wonderful paintings on display that I think I heard went up for auction on their website, because they feature a new artist every year.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Stephanie1975a
Reviewed June 29, 2015

We went to the Botanical Gardens and decided to stop at Nature center. A lot of interesting stuff about the Catalina Island. they also have quite a few films about Catalina. Nice stop

Date of experience: April 2015
1  Thank Frances G
Reviewed June 26, 2015

I loved the paintings they had on display of the Catalina Coast line. It was a small place, but very informative and lovely staff willingly answers any of your questions.

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank Nadine M
Reviewed June 22, 2015

nice rest stop to enjoy - older exhibits, and nice reviews/ history of the island - yet well maintain ... and if you don't want to pay the fee for the botanical gardens - nearby - at least you have something to ' see '...More

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank Roxanne M
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