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The Audubon Center at Debs Park is a natural jewel in the heart of Los Angeles.

Thank you for your interest in visiting our Center!

The Audubon Center at Debs Park is a natural jewel in the heart of Los Angeles with something for everyone! We are a community hub located in Montecito Heights, less than 5 miles from Downtown LA. Nestled within the 282-acre Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, the Center has inspired a love of nature in over a quarter of a million residents of Los Angeles. The park is home to over 140 species of birds, including American Kestrels, Great-horned Owls, Northern Flickers and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Come visit us today! The Center is open to the public Wednesday - Monday (closed Tuesdays) from 8am - 4pm and admission is always FREE

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND

  • There is free parking available in our lot onsite, however spots fill up quickly. If the lot is full, please park along Griffin Ave. and walk up to the Center.
  • Restrooms and a drinking fountain are available onsite. 
  • The Center does not sell any water, snacks, or merchandise. Please plan accordingly. 

WHILE YOU'RE HERE...

  • Borrow binoculars, field guides, art supplies and more to go out and explore the park! (Before visiting, check out our Nature Arts & Crafts!) 
  • Hike the trails 
  • Look for birds! Not sure where to start? Check out our birding tips or attend a Community Bird Walk
  • Take in the natural beauty of Debs Park - notice the sounds, smells, and sights that make our space so special
  • Attend a community event

EXPLORATION GUIDELINES

We encourage visitors to enjoy and explore the space in whatever way feels right to them. With this being said, please be respectful of our shared space and keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • The Center is a shared space - please be mindful of other visitors, volunteers & staff
  • You may bring outside food or snacks to enjoy at the Center - please be sure to throw away all trash afterwards 
  • Leave no trace and be gentle with the natural surroundings - do not pull or trim the native plants & foliage. 
  • Do not throw sticks, rocks, coins or any other objects into the Center ponds. Climbing in the ponds is not permitted under any circumstances.
  • The park is home to many different kinds of wildlife such as birds, squirrels, coyotes, rabbits & more - please be respectful of the wildlife and never feed a wild animal
  • Smoking is not allowed in or around the Center 
  • In an effort to preserve the natural habitat, dogs are not allowed in or around the Center as their presence and scent disrupts the environment for wildlife being protected in the park. Dogs are welcome on the Debs Park trails outside of the Center's 17 acres. 
  • Poison oak can be found in the vicinity of the Center's Butterfly Loop & Hummingbird Trail. Please stay on the designated trails and be aware when touching any plants.  

ARE YOU PLANNING ON VISITING WITH A GROUP OF 10 OR MORE?

  • Please give us a heads up at least one week in advance by emailing debspark@audubon.org with the following information:
    • Group name
    • Number of participants
    • Desired date & time of visit
    • Point of contact name & contact info
    • Let us know if you would like to borrow any exploration materials
  • A Center staff member will welcome you and help orient your group when you arrive onsite.
  • Buses are not permitted to drop off or pick up in the Center parking lot or traffic circle area under any circumstances. Busses must park along Griffin Ave. and guests may walk up the driveway trail to the Center. 

Please contact debspark@audubon.org with any questions or concerns. We are happy to work with you to ensure that your visit is as enjoyable as possible! 

Directions to the Audubon Center at Debs Park
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Directions to the Audubon Center at Debs Park

Getting here is easy! The Center is open Wednesday - Monday, 8am - 4pm and Debs Park trails are open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk.

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Hiking Trail Map

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