Nature Center / Outdoor Education


Event Timeline
9:00am - Daryl Wagar Trail ribbon cutting & Event Opening
9:45am - Live Bird Show
10:30am Guided Hike
11:45am Lunch (complimentary lunch for the first 250 people)
- Note that all times are approximate-

Outdoor Education: We are proud to offer outdoor education programs to help residents get in touch with their natural environment! The programs are aimed at teaching our community about their natural habitat including native plants and animals and the many benefits they provide us.

Nature Center: The outdoor Nature Center is the hub for our Outdoor Education programs. The site is located at Camarillo Grove Park, 6968 E. Camarillo Springs Road (101 Freeway Exit - Camarillo Spring Rd.) Map  The Nature Center features:

  • Learn about local ecosystems, plants, and animals with 26 Braille plate interpretive signs
  • Climb on ant hill, log and boulder-shaped playground equipment
  • Experience how water interacts with gravity and barriers in a water table 
  • Hiking trails feature old growth, natural, local vegetation 
  • Picnic facilities available for rent for groups 15 to 300
  • Only nature-based park in Camarillo
  • Perfect location for a school field trip
  • Great for private parties and events

Nature Classes & Hikes - Going on Now! 
There is no better classroom than the outdoors! Our Nature Center and outdoor classes provide students of all ages meaningful outdoor experiences where they can make observations, collect data, compare and classify samples, and draw conclusions about their natural environment.

View Summer 2017 Outdoor Education Classes

Upcoming Classes, Hikes & Events

Chumash Adventure
Class #5661.112
Saturday, May 27, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Lars Yahr
Use your senses to experience how the Chumash Native Americans utilized local plants for food, instruments, housing & more! Demos & crafts included. Bring water, sturdy shoes and a backpack.
Location: Camarillo Grove Park
Ages: 7-14 Cost: $10

Hiking Trails Grand Opening & Summer Showcase
Saturday, June 3, 9am-1pm (National Trails Day),
Camarillo Grove Park
Come enjoy the outdoors! We have an action-packed event for you and your family! Enjoy a live bird show from the Ojai Raptor Center, plant succulent clippings in a decorative pot, enjoy a guided hike through our two miles of trails, take advantage of free giveaways from Healthy Pet and Home Depot, check out our display of taxidermy animals, bring the kids to play on our nature-themed playground and best of all--enjoy a free lunch sponsored by Smashburger, Camarillo. The fun starts at 9:00am. Dress accordingly for outdoor activity.

Secret Garden Tour
Class #9036.001 Cost:$19
Saturday, June 3, 9am-1pm

Camarillo Grove Park Nature Center
Join us for a trip into the secret public gardens of Camarillo. Bus transportation & lunch provided.

Birds of Summer
Class #5663.115 Cost: $5

Saturday, July 29, 9am-Noon
Camarillo Grove Nature Center
Know which birds you’re seeing and hearing! Find out which species are common to this area. Bring water and dress for hiking.

Junior Ranger Camp
Class #5663.117 Cost: $49 Ages: 6-12
M/Tu/W/Th, July 31-August 3

Camarillo Grove Nature Center
Are you curious about nature? Do you like to hike? Ranger Lars invites you to the Camarillo Grove Park to learn what it takes to be a Park Ranger. Bring water, sturdy shoes and backpack each day. Win outdoorsy prizes, take home a bull roarer and receive a certificates at your "graduation."

Native Plants, Birds and Butterflies
Class #5663.115 Cost: $5
Saturday, August 12, 9-10:30am

Mission Oaks Park
Would plants exist without seed dispersers and pollinators? Where would birds live without cover? Learn about local native plants, birds and butterflies. Bring water and dress for hiking.

Outdoor Survival Skills Camp
Class #5663.118 Cost: $49
M/Tu/W/Th, August 14-17 9am-12pm

Camarillo Grove Nature Center
Encounter and play in the outdoors with Ranger Lars. Explore Camarillo Grove Park as you learn about the essentials, wilderness, first aid, knots, navigation & more. Bring water, a hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a backpack each day.