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About Idyllwild Nature Center

Located 1 mile northwest of Idyllwild on Highway 243, Idyllwild Nature Center has 5+ miles of hiking trails, picnic area, indoor and outdoor activities for kids, bathrooms, gardens, and a  museum. The museum features Native American cultural displays, live and taxidermy animals, and local flora displays. Idyllwild Nature Center offers a variety of school field trips, environmental education programs and guided tours which can be scheduled by appointment via phone 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.

Various seasonal events are held at Idyllwild Nature Center, including the well-known Wildflower Show,  Lemon Lily Restoration Day, Butterfly Daze, and Trail of the Acorn Day. A 2000 sq.' event space is available to rent for special events. Please inquire via call for more details.

Available to rent for special events. Please inquire via call for more details. 


    25225 Highway 243 Idyllwild, CA 92549

    (951) 659-3850 or (800) 234-PARK (7275)

    Nature Center Hours

    Nature Center

    • Idyllwild Nature Center will be closed in observance of County holidays: November 23rd and 24th, 2023.

    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Wednesday to Sunday

    Nature Center Trails

    Sunrise to SunsetDaily

    Nature Center Fees

    Campers in the Idyllwild County Park Campground are  eligible for free admission with valid receipt.

    Day Use

    Adults $4 each

    Children (ages 2-12 yrs) $3 each

    Infants (under 2 yrs) Free

    Dogs $1 each (Dogs must be on leash)

    Education Fee

    $5 per student

    Amphitheater Use

    $50/hour or $200 full day & Event Hall $50/hour or $200 full day

    Snow Play

    Adult $10 each

    Child (ages 2-12 yrs) $5 each

    Infants (under 2 yrs) Free

    Dogs $1 each

    Tours and Nature Education

    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, and crafts to meet your state science or social science standards. We offer a wide variety of programs to meet the needs and interest levels for grades k-6. The Nature Center normally accommodates 2 average class sizes (60 children). Occasionally we can arrange 3 classes (90 children).

    School Tour Programs focus on mountain ecology, wildlife adaptations, their habitats, flora and fauna. Visit Bedrock Mortars above a stream lending itself as an outside classroom as students connect culture to resources- past to present. Programs can be tailored to fit your specific curriculum or interests. The park is located within an ancient Cahuilla Indian village and provides insight into early cultures with an Archaeologist’s frame work.

    Park Friends

    The Friends of the San Jacinto Mountain County Parks is a member supported non-profit organization based at the Idyllwild Park Nature Center and dedicated to supporting the work of the Riverside County Regional Parks & Open Space District.

    The Friends make possible a great variety of cultural and natural history interpretive programs, new exhibits, wildlife observation, facilities, equipment and resources to help children and adults gain appreciation and enjoyment of the San Jacinto Mountains. 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 Shop and all programs & events, invitations to the Friends’ semi-annual potluck dinner and monthly board meetings, and biannual subscription to the Taquitz Telegram newsletter. All memberships are tax deductible;

    Becoming a Member

    Yearly Membership Levels Basic Categories

    Individual – $25.00
    Couple – $40.00
    Family – $60.00

    Higher Categories

    Supporting – $200.00 and above
    Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Friends!

    Questions?  Call 951-659-3850



    The Nature Center relies on a dedicated volunteer corps to assist with environmental education programs, visitor services, trail and facility maintenance and administration. New volunteers are needed year round, especially during our busy summer season. Your desire to help others learn about the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains is all the experience you need!

    Some of the benefits of being a volunteer include:

    1. Meet new people and share your enjoyment of the outdoors in a beautiful setting.

    2. Gain satisfaction by helping visitors learn about our mountains.

    3. Opportunities for you to learn about Idyllwild’s natural & cultural history.

    4. Free admission to the Park & Nature Center.

    5. 20% off all items in the Nature Shop.

    6. Invitations to potlucks & other events.

    7. Gain experience in the field of Parks & Recreation.

    If you would like to become a volunteer or get more information please call or stop by the Nature Center for an application.

    Call 951-659-3850