Nix Nature Center – Daytime Astronomy

OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park presents:

Daytime Astronomy at the Nix Nature Center on Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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Come to Nix Nature Center between 1:00 – 4:00 pm and be an astronomy in the daytime…How does that work? Get ready to look out into the heavens in the daytime and explore the the Sun. Amateur astronomers will bring their telescopes and solar filters so you can look for sunspots and other features on our closest star. you’ll make your own ultraviolet-detecting bracelet and enjoy other fun-in-the-sun activities!

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).

  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

  • Program is FREE!

Click here for online registration

The James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center opened to the public March 17, 2007. It serves as the gateway for recreational users to explore a vast network of linked trails throughout Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Crystal Cove State Park and City of Irvine Open Space Preserve South.

The Nix Nature Center offers a location to explore the meaning of parkland through exhibits and wildlife viewing area portals. They have interactive displays, a fossil wall, fossil digs, Native American artifacts, hand milling of corn, scavenger hunts to Mary’s Trail ( a short 1/2 mile loop) with the family.

There are FREE fun quarterly wildlife programs featuring live animals, American Indian customs, craft projects, and more.

The nature center’s picture windows frame four main views into the surrounding parkland, challenging visitors of all ages to consider the wilderness from various perspectives.

Visit Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, where you can hike, mountain bike, run trails, or ride horseback through miles of beautiful Orange County natural lands. (Bring your own shoes, bicycle or horse.) Artists, photographers and writers find plentiful inspiration on the trails.

Visitors can hike up Little Sycamore Canyon and enjoy the view or take the trail under Laguna Canyon road to Barbara’s Lake. The lake is the only natural occurring lake in Orange County.

Regularly scheduled guided tours (by foot or bicycle) are available. These tours cover a wide range of interests, from fitness to botany. Guided by volunteer naturalists and park staff, they are a wonderful way to experience the park. Many kinds of tours are offered each month and can be found listed under “Events and Programs” on the park web page.




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