Nature Center at Avalon Canyon

1202 Avalon Canyon Road
Avalon, CA 90704


The Nature Center at Avalon Canyon is a twenty-minute stroll up Avalon Canyon from town center. Or, take a quick ride by golf cart or bike, or by trolley. Its close proximity to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and the Hermit Gulch Trail Head make this a perfect place to start your visit to Catalina.

The Nature Center is located at 1202 Avalon Canyon Road, and occupies the site of the first Interpretive Center, built by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks & Recreation, to tell the story of the natural history of the Island. The Nature Center features self-guided exhibits focusing on natural history and conservation efforts on the Island. There are hands-on activities for kids, videos, and a Resource Center.

The Center’s exhibit is titled, “PURE Catalina,” “PURE” an acronym for “Protect,” “Understand,” “Renew” and “Explore” form the exhibit sections.

Images provided by, Ticketmaster
Please use "Flag This Place" to alert us about content that is inappropriate or needs immediate attention. Nothing you submit will be shared with other site visitors.

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at; additional AARP information and resources are at En español, visite

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Avalon
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner