365 Things To Do In Palos Verdes – Deane Dana Friendship Park

Deane Dana Friendship Community Regional Park is a 123 acre park located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and is one of the parks enjoyed by owners of Palos Verdes homes.  The park over looks San Pedro and has panoramic view of Catalina Island, the harbors of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and also the San Bernardino Mountain ranges.  This park has many amenities such as a natural history museum, gift shop,  indoor and outdoor classrooms and even live animal displays to educate and entertain in the 4000 square foot Nature Center.  The park is ADA accessible and there are many school field trips here.   Many hiking trails run throughout the park, some with ADA accesibility, taking you through the restored Coastal sage scrub habitat along the hillsides.  There is a sheltered picnic area with barbecues and a playground where you can stop for lunch or hold a special event. 

The Friendship Park also offers special fee programs such as a Field Trip in Nature where an animal presentation is given along with a bus ride and a hike, or Birthday N Nature  party which includes an animal presentation, a birthday message, projects,a bus ride and a hike.  For more information on these activities, fees and reservations please contact (310) 519-6048. 

The park is located at Western Avenue and West 9th Street in San Pedro (1850 West 9th St.). It is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.  The Nature Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Nature Center is closed on Mondays.  There is no admission charge and parking is also free.  For more information contact (310) 519-6115.

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Park and Recreation

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  • Cheryl Patterson

    Adopt a family of orphaned ducklings or oiled, sick, or injured pelican, or make another donation to assist in the rehabilitation (and release back to the wild) of aquatic waterfowl.

    See http://www.ibrrc.org (Southern California) for more ideas, you might want to become a volunteer in San Pedro, next door to the Marine Mammal Care center. I have been a volunteer there almost 3 years, (since I visited their booth at Deane Dana Friendship Park Nature Extravaganza in May, 2008).

    If you are at Royal Palms beach and see a metal band on the leg of a bird, it is possible it was found by a member of our community and treated by the staff at The Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center.

    Sometimes the care is as simple as providing food and shelter for an orphaned bird, and sometimes as complicated as performing surgery, then the followup convalescent care including physical therapy before the bird is healthy enough to release.

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