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Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center

The Bolsa Chica Conservancy’s Interpretive Center hosts several exhibits within its 1,400 square foot facility. The main room’s exhibits include three salt water aquaria containing several marine life species native to Bolsa Chica and the southern California coast. Throughout the year these species may change, but you can usually find Bat Stars, Ochre Stars, Giant-spined Stars, Kellet’s Whelks, Chestnut Cowries, Striped Shore Crabs, and even a California Spiny Lobster! Within the main room of exhibits, you can also find interpretive panels with a wide array of information about Bolsa Chica, including wetland ecology, native species, endangered and protected species, human history, and habitat restoration. A second room of exhibits includes live reptiles such as California Kingsnakes, San Diego Gopher Snake, Coastal Rosy Boa, and Alligator Lizards. Throughout the entire center you will find many different species of taxidermy including opossums, snakes and birds such as the Great Blue Heron, California Brown Pelican, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Anna’s Hummingbird. Check in with our team member at the front desk to learn about current events and programs, local wildlife, and conservation issues in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Pocket Field Guides, greeting cards, stickers, t-shirts, sweatshirts, reusable water bottles, and other items are available with your generous donations.
The Center
Hours 9am – 4pm 7 Days a Week   Parking There are two parking lots for the reserve.  Parking is free, however please keep in mind that parking in these lots fills up quickly on weekends.  There is additional parking in a public lot across from the North Parking Lot near the Huntington Beach Fire Station. Bus parking is available; please contact Whitney Thompson before your visit to reserve the bus parking spot: whitney@bolsachica.org or 714-846-1114.   North Parking Lot

3842 Warner Avenue Huntington Beach, CA 92647
The Bolsa Chica Conservancy Interpretive Center is located at the North Lot

See Map   South Parking Lot

18000 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach, CA 92647

See Map   Contact T: (714) 846-1114 F: (714) 846-4065 info@bolsachica.org

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