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.

Operating Hours

Open Saturdays & Sundays - through November 15
12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
(through October 25)
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (October 31 - November 15)

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

Exhibits and activities at the Nature Center

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.

  • 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.


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. 
Get Directions via Google Maps.

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 Manager at 650-691-1200.