Welcome to our events page! Here you’ll find descriptions of our events listed on our calendar under the ‘About’ tab. Please see the Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department Activity Guide for a full list of events and programs happening in Riverside.
Little Seedlings Nature Preschool January
Tuesday & Thursday | 9am-12pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | $160 for Riverside residents | ages 3-5 (must be potty trained)
Little Seedlings, the only nature preschool of its kind in the region, introduces youth to ABC’s, 123’s, colors, and animals through the wonder of nature in preparation for kindergarten. Every moment in nature is an opportunity to teach little education fundamentals through leaves, feathers, rocks, and wildlife at the Ameal Moore nature Center located within the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park. Join the Inland Empire Waterkeepers for this fun, nature based opportunity! Cost is $160/4 weeks ($170 for non Riverside residents) Tuesday/Thursday schedule. Sign up today!Visit us HERE for more information on prices and dates.
Nocturnal Naturalists at the Nature Center
By appointment | Ameal Moore Nature Center | $50 per youth | Scouts
Calling all Boy and Girl Scout Troops! Bring your group for a sleepover at the nature center, enjoy a nighttime hike, have close encounters with nocturnal animals while completing journeys and badges! $50 per youth (includes snack and breakfast and is open to any troop of 10 or more campers). Brought to you by the Inland Empire Waterkeepers and hosted by the Ameal Moore Nature Center. Contact the Inland Empire Waterkeepers to book your adventure today! (951) 530-8823
By appointment | Ameal Moore Nature Center | $300 per party | Best suited for ages 13 and under
Calling Junior Naturalists! Host your next birthday party at the Ameal Moore Nature Center. Parties include a nature hike with a naturalist, meeting live animals, choice of nature crafts or science activities (i.e. making a shark tooth necklace, owl pellet dissections, and animal track molds). Note: Customer must provide their own tableware, decorations, food, drinks, and cake.
Parties are $300 each and last for 3 hours (this includes set up and clean up). Max capacity is 30 birthday participants (children) and 20 adults. Birthday parties at the nature center are best suited for birthday boys and girls under the age of 13. Parties are brought to you by the Inland Empire Waterkeepers and hosted at the Ameal Moore Nature Center. Parties need 1 month advance notice. Contact the Inland Empire Waterkeepers to book your party today! (951) 530-8823
Guided Nature Hikes
January 5, 2019 | 9-10am | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free | Family Friendly
Nature Hikes will be lead by nature center staff members every 1st Saturday of the month. The hike will start from the nature center and will begin at 9am unless otherwise indicated. Hikes are free and open to visitors (though please be aware that the hikes will go uphill). Hikes last for approximately 1 hour. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen (and other sun protective gear if needed), and to bring water. If you would like to take pictures or use our free Nature Spotter app please feel free to B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device)! Also, feel free to bring binoculars for any bird spotting.
Hikes subject to last minute cancellation due to weather. Cancellations will be posted in the building, online at mysycamorecanyon.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Mysycamorecanyon
Second Saturdays: Native Bees!
January 12, 2018 | 11am-2pm | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free | Family Friendly
This month we’re buzzing about bees! California has more native bee species than some countries! We bet you usually think of bees as those busy little honey makers that live in hives, but what if we told you that most of our bees don’t live in hives or make honey? Join us for bee info, bee games, and bee crafts on this beeeee-utiful day in January!
Citizen Science Initiative
January 19, 2018 | All Day | Ameal Moore Nature Center | Free | Family Friendly
The Ameal Moore Nature Center is a hub for Citizen Science! We love helping citizens understand that they can help contribute to science and regularly help visitors join Citizen Science projects. Sometimes it can be as easy as taking a picture! Starting this year, we’re launching our C.S.I. (Citizen Science Initiative) days. Every 3rd Saturday of the month, we’ll be specifically focusing on a Citizen Science Project and will be teaching visitors how they can get involved! Join us and get your science on!