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Nature Center at Avalon Canyon

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Fun place to stop

We spend about 30 minutes here. It is a small nature center but had plenty to look at and read. It... read more

Reviewed January 25, 2016
Paul W
Richmond, Utah
Learn about island wildlife

My husband and I stop here every time we visit Catalina because we both love wildlife. It's a nice... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2015
Jennifer M
Mission Viejo, United States
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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
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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.

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

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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

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

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.

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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

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.

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

Thank Roxanne M
Reviewed March 24, 2015

A free nature center with interesting info about Catalina Island. They have a live feed observe the eagles in their nest.

Thank Susan K
Reviewed March 9, 2015

Really nice way to learn about the island and the flora and fauna. It is donation based and the staff was lovely.

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