White Point Preserve & Nature Center

Accessible trails, coastal sage scrub, and ocean views

White Point Preserve kestrelThe White Point Nature Preserve features 102 acres of restored coastal sage scrub habitat, hiking and handicap accessible trails overlooking the ocean and Catalina Island. The Preserve is now home to the Nature Education Center, which opened in May 2010 and serves as a resource for students, families, and community groups from all over Los Angeles.

The Preserve, located in San Pedro, is owned by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. After the property surrounded by chain link fence sat empty for nearly 20 years, a community effort convinced the City to preserve the land. A 25-year management agreement was granted to the Conservancy in 2001, and over the last nine years we have dramatically restored the site with the help of numerous volunteers, planting native scrub and grasses, and installing public trails. We also helped obtain a grant for the installation of eco-friendly permeable parking and interpretive signage.

White Point Nature Preserve hikingThe Nature Education Center is housed in a repurposed historic Cold War assembly building. The Center was made possible with the support of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the California Coastal Conservancy, and the Ibrahim El-Hefni Technical Training Foundation. A generous grant from Alcoa Foundation funded the creation of the interpretative exhibits and support from Major Family Foundation enabled the creation of four adjacent native plant demonstration gardens.

White Point Landslide

On November 20, 2011 about 420 feet of earth and roadway of Paseo del Mar and a small portion of the White Point Nature Preserve slid southward toward the ocean below, moving about 53 feet.  This area had been under investigation by the City’s Bureau of Engineering since July, due to observed tension cracks and distressed pavement.  Following the collapse, LA City hired a private geotechnical firm that is studying the groundwater levels and movement of the area around the landslide.  The Conservancy is dedicated to maintaining public access to the preserve throughout the evaluation process.  With the closure and loss of a portion of the sidewalk on Paseo del Mar, many people are walking into the White Point Nature Preserve for the first time.  We welcome everyone to explore the miles of trails, native plant demonstration gardens and the Nature Education Center that tells the story of the history of White Point.  

Trail Access: During rain events, Recreation and Parks will close the southern trail which runs from the parking area to the Weymouth/Paseo del Mar entrance to the Preserve.  To maintain clear access, there will be detour signage in place to direct people to the next closest entry/exit to the preserve.

White Point Landslide, Engineering Webpage

Watch video of briefing by city engineer

Location:
Click for Google MapWhite Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731 on the north side of Paseo del Mar off of Western Avenue. The contact number for the Center is 310-561-0917.

Hours:
The Preserve is open daily from dawn to dusk.
The Center is open from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Parking:
The parking area is open daily from dawn until dusk. Parking is available in the lot accessed from the west end Paseo del Mar from sun up to sun down during Preserve hours.  Please note that due to the landslide, access to White Point Nature Preserve is via Western Avenue.

White Point Education CenterDownloadable PDFs:

pdfWhite Point Preserve Trails Map [PDF: 2.27MB]

pdfWhite Point Nature Preserve Master Plan [PDF: 2.74MB]

pdfPalos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Map (Natural Open Space Preserves on the Palos Verdes Peninsula) [PDF:4.5MB]

pdfWhite Point Nature Education Center Activities [PDF:298KB]