Turtle Rock Nature Center

The Turtle Rock Nature Center is located at the base of the San Joaquin Hills in Irvine, and serves as a community resource for environmental interest and concern. The five-acre nature preserve is both a home for wildlife and an outdoor classroom where visitors and program participants learn to protect our natural environment .

Programs and Services

Nature Trail
Winding through the nature preserve is a paved trail which displays native Southern Californian habitats, including Riparian, Desert, and Woodlands. Frequent visitors to our nature preserve trail include local birds who enjoy swimming in our pond, lizards who bask in the sun on our rocks and rabbits who disappear into the desert brush.

Native Plant Garden
Designed and completed by Eagle Scout Nathaniel Pinckney, the native plant garden features some common plant species that are native to Orange County. Visit the garden for a chance to learn about the importance of local plant species and to get information on how to plant natives in your own back yard.

There are as many ways to walk the labyrinth as there are individuals. It represents our passage through time and experience. Like the journey of life, no time or effort is wasted. Every step takes us closer to our goal. The labyrinth was designed and completed by Eagle Scout Michael Nakahara, Troop 606.

Badge Programs are offered at the Turtle Rock Nature Center! We will help fulfill requirements in order to earn specific badges for your troop in our unique learning environment. Programs available for all scouts!! Please call Jennifer at 949-724-6738 or email for more information.

Birthday Parties are also available at our Nature Center. Come celebrate your birthday around our fire ring! Join us and celebrate your special day with a scavenger hunt, crafts, games and much more. Fully staffed, nature themed, parties are available for children ages 4-10. Please call 4 weeks prior to desired date. For more information please call Jennifer at 949-724-6738 or email.

Visitors can explore the Nature Center at their leisure, taking a self-guided trail walk during regular operating hours. Please be advised that the trail may occasionally be closed due to inclement weather.

Group Tours are offered on a reservation basis. Tours include a guided walk on the Nature Center trail, where naturalists will delight you with information on local habitats, plants and wildlife. Common animal sightings include birds and bunnies!

Get the latest news on Turtle Rock Nature Center by reading our quarterly newsletter: Nature Center Chronicles

Available for Reservation 

  • Patio area
  • Fire pit

To reserve these areas, please call the Center at 949-724-6738. 



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