Located on 36 acres, the Preserve features a nature trail and stream that passes through one of the most pristine and beautiful canyons on the Peninsula. The Preserve is the site of the only mainland exposure of the Peninsula's Catalina schist bedrock.
Also of interest and delight is the intermittent stream that is a magnet for insects, birds and mammals. Interpretive signage and plenty of benches to rest on create a delightful way to experience both willow-riparian and coastal sage scrub habitats. A spectacular view of the Los Angeles basin awards those who make it to the top either by foot or horseback.
The Preserve has a nature center that looks out over a restored native demonstration garden with a rainbow of wildflowers in the springtime. The center is owned by the City of Rolling Hills Estates and operated by the Conservancy. Inside, visitors view displays and can consult books and other information about the plants, animals, insects, geology, and natural history of the canyon. The center also houses a small living animal collection that allows people to have a close-up view of some the amazing reptiles and amphibians that live nearby.
George F Canyon Nature Center is open to the public from 1 - 4pm on Fridays and 10am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Activities include naturalist guided monthly first Saturday hikes, bird walks, full moon night hikes.
George F Canyon is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates CA 90274 at the southwest corner of Palos Verdes Drive East and Palos Verdes Drive North. The contact number for the Center is 310-547-0862.
The Nature Center is open Friday 1pm - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm, other days by appointment.
There are several options offered to meet badge requirements of Cub Scouts, Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts that can be fulfilled at the George F Canyon Nature Center. Read more
George F Canyon Preserve Trail Brochure [PDF:516MB]
Nature & Me Story Time Flyer [PDF:505KB]