The James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center

As Laguna Coast Wilderness Park's new headquarters, the Nix Nature Center is the gateway for recreational users to explore a vast network of linked trails throughout the 20,000-acre South Coast Regional Wilderness. The nature center's picture windows frame four main views into the surrounding parklands, challenging visitors of all ages to consider the wilderness from various perspectives. An easy loop trail just outside the center encourages visitors to appreciate the park's natural beauty. Restrooms with changing tables, drinking fountains, picnic tables, free maps and nature-oriented merchandise are available on site. Call the park at 949-923-2235 for program information.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park at Little Sycamore Canyon on SR 133, north of the 73 Tollroad and 3.5 miles south of the I-405 and SR 133 interchange

Schedule: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, including holidays; free admission

Parking: Lot open 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; $3

• James and Rosemary Nix gift to Laguna Canyon Foundation for nature center : $500,000
• Voter-approved 2000 state park bond funds: $1.5 million
• County of Orange--Harbors Beaches and Parks Department: $750,000
• Voter-approved 2000 state park bond for interpretive exhibit program: $300,000

Architects: Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, Inc.; Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects

Exhibit Design: The Acorn Group, SoLa Creative and the Shop @ Show Ready

Total Area of Buildings: 3,000 square feet

Total Exhibit Space: 2,300 square feet

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