Nature Nights

Come join us every Wednesday from June 28 to August 16 as we meet experts from a variety of natural fields. Each evening begins with a twilight walk at 7:00 p.m. led by our staff naturalists, followed by a formal presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Admission Details


Admission is free, but a $5 donation per family is suggested.

Photo Gallery


Check out photos from past Nature Nights events.
Nature Nights Presentation

June 28:  Journeys to the Past
Jacque Nunez is a Master storyteller and award winning educator. She will captivate you, and every family member. Journey with her back in time and be captivated by her stories, songs and engaging use of ancient instruments!

July 5: Twilight Walk
Join us for an introduction to Oak Canyon and a walk with Oak Canyon’s Naturalists as the sun begins to set. Several walks of varying ability levels will be offered. Be sure to bring your flashlight.

July 12: Wonders of Wildlife
Cheryl Rendes from Wonders of Wildlife will share a variety of animals, from the savannas of Africa to the tropical regions of South America.

July 19: Orange County Birds of Prey
Dr. Kristian Krause, Veterinarian from Serrano Animal Hospital and Orange County Birds of Prey Center, will share information on raptors and will bring a variety along for an audience “encounter.”

July 26: Reptiles from Around the World
Dr. Tom Greek from Greek & Associates Veterinary Hospital will bring along an exciting collection of reptiles including local and exotic snakes, lizards and more. Learn about the lifestyles of these unique reptiles and enjoy an opportunity to see and touch these animals up close.

August 2: Our Solar System
Mike Beckage will introduce the challenging hobby of amateur astronomy through his breathtaking slide show. Then we will journey up the hill and view the night sky through telescopes aimed at the evening’s best features. *This program involves a strenuous uphill walk to reach the viewing area.

August 9: “Trapper” Dan Jundanian’s Insect Fair
Join us for an evening of learning and fun. Dan Jundanian, a former longtime Oak Canyon Naturalist, returns for his annual Nature Night presentation. Enjoy an evening of insect education as Dan displays exciting insects from around the world

August 16: Annual Flashlight Walk
While waiting for the sun to set, get an introduction to the “creatures of the night” then join Oak Canyon’s naturalists on a trek through the trails of the Nature Center. There will be several walks of varying abilities. Don’t forget your flashlight as we explore Oak Canyon at night!