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David C. Daniels Nature Center

Overlooking Alpine Pond at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, the David C. Daniels Nature Center features imaginative displays that both children and adults can enjoy. Opened to the public in 1996, the Nature Center was partially funded through the generosity of the Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Judy and David Daniels family in memory of their son David C. Daniels.


The Nature Center is OPEN to the public on weekends,
now through mid-November.

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (March 30 through mid-October)
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (late October through mid-November)

Volunteer Nature Center Hosts are onsite to greet you,
answer your questions, and share information on nearby area trails.



The Daniels Nature Center serves as the starting point for exploring the environment of Alpine Pond and surrounding Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. A trip here includes a 1/2-mile trail, accessible to all ages and abilities, that loops around Alpine Pond.

Exhibits and activities at the Nature Center include:

  • Larger-than-life pond creatures;
  • A creative mural featuring pond-dwellers and their food chains;
  • A live, captive-bred gopher snake;
  • Touchable wildlife skulls and skins
  • Picnic tables, restrooms, drinking faucet and bicycle parking available year-round!
    There are no trash cans on District preserves-- all garbage must be packed out.

Multimedia Nature Tours

Enjoy a self-guided, multi-media nature tour around Alpine Pond or along nearby trails.

Tours are available for download in a variety of formats.

Directions

To reach the Daniels Nature Center, park in the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve parking lot located on the corner of the Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Page Mill/Alpine Road intersection (across Skyline Boulevard on the right) and walk through the pedestrian tunnel to the Nature Center.

Map to the Daniels Nature Center

Events and Activities

To find out about current activities at nearby Russian Ridge and Skyline Ridge Preserves check out the Calendar of Activities.

Get Involved

Volunteer to be a Nature Center Host or an Outdoor Education Leader at the Nature Center; Contact the Docent Programs Coordinator at 650-691-1200.



  Additional Information

Spaces & Species brochure

Great Activities for Kids

Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

Become a Volunteer

Field Trips

Field Trip Spaces and Species
Environmental education program for elementary school classes.

Spaces & Species brochure