Looking for a bit of nature in the middle of the city? Nestled between the San Gabriel River and the 605 Freeway, El Dorado Nature Center is an oasis of natural habitat, offering visitors the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the urban environment. The nearly 100 acres that make up the Nature Center grounds provide sanctuary to over 150 species of birds, a wide variety of trees and plant life and many species of urban wildlife including turtles, frogs, rabbits, skunks and squirrels. Two miles of dirt trails and a ¼ mile paved trail wind around two lakes and a stream and through forested areas, grasslands and wildflowers. At the entrance, cross over the wooden bridge that spans the lake and you'll find yourself on a small island that houses the Visitor Center. The building houses educational displays, a museum gallery featuring local artists and a small gift shop offering environmentally themed books and gifts.