Hours & Visitor Information

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Orange County beginning Tuesday, October 29th from 11 PM through 6 PM Thursday, October 31st for the Mountain and Inland Zones of Orange County.

Hours of Operation
  • Park grounds and trails are open sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week
  • The John J. Collier Interpretive Center is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Parking lot gates and restrooms are locked at 5 p.m.
Entrance & Parking
There is no fee required to enter or park at the nature center. However, a $2 donation is greatly appreciated! Parking at the nature center is limited and it is recommended that groups carpool. Parking at the nature center is available both in the parking lot at the bottom of Walnut Canyon Road as well as on the side of Walnut Canyon Road in designated areas. Please watch signs designating parking areas carefully.

Groups & Self-Guided Tours

Groups and classes must have reservations. Guided group tour information and packages can be found here. Please call at 714-998-8380 for more information.

Park Regulations
The Oak Canyon Nature Center has established operational guidelines which are designed to promote the conservation of the Nature Center's wildlife resources, as well as for the benefit and protection of park visitors. The guidelines include:

  • No pets, dogs or horses, with the exception of service animals 
  • No collecting of natural objects
  • No bicycles or skateboards
  • No smoking, cooking, or flame of any kind
  • No alcohol
  • Picnicking is welcome in our picnic area only, picnicking otherwise is prohibited inside the park
  • Stay on marked trails and do not approach the stream or take shortcuts
  • "Take only memories, leave only footprints"
Photography and Filming

All photography or filming of persons on Nature Center grounds, trails, or parking lot requires a permit. This includes engagement pictures, maternity pictures, headshots, family pictures, and student films. Requests for permits should be made ten (10) days in advance to Oak Canyon Nature Center at (714) 998-8380 or via email. Click here for more information.