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Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243

Located 1 mile northwest of Idyllwild on Highway 243, Idyllwild Nature Center offers a variety of field study trips, environmental education programs and guided tours which can be scheduled by appointment 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. During the summer, nature walks and natural history lectures are offered; every Saturday, June through August, the center offers Junior Naturalist Programs, which include forest nature walks, snacks, and workbooks.


Daniel Palacio

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Very knowledgeable and attentive rangers. Excellent stop while visiting Idyllwild. Variety of simply or more difficult hikes with gorgeous vistas. The visitor center is full of beautiful taxidermy and informative literature. My family had an excellent time.

Aaron Carpenter

Monday, April 16, 2018
What a great place. Really nice to learn about the local geography and the natural history of the area. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Pets were allowed inside which I thought was a nice policy.

Erica Mendez

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Great place to start you day in the outdoors. Maps and events info plus cool local wildlife taxidermy.

Lisa McGinn

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
The Nature Center is awesome! There are several hiking trails of various levels and the campground is clean and natural. We found the staff at the center to be very friendly and helpful. The restrooms are also better than a typical outhouse or “rustic” restroom (air hand dryer and toilet paper!)

Steve Valasek

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Nice, peaceful place. Visitor's center has live and display animals plus small gift shop. They had a feeding station, but everything was empty.

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