The Audubon Center at Debs Park is literally a nature playground for kids. Start your adventure at The Audubon Outfitters shop, which doubles as a mini nature center. It provides park information and rentable trail supplies, including strollers, backpacks and binoculars.
Adjacent to the Center is the kid-friendly ¾-mile Butterfly Loop Trail, perfect when combined with time spent in the Children’s Woodland area (that nature playground I mentioned before). The easy, flat trail will be a hit with even the youngest explorers. Once you’re there, you might be inspired to check out some of the other trails at the 280+-acre Ernest E. Debs Regional Park.
This really is a little hidden treasure for the Pasadena and surrounding areas. I had never even heard of it until this past summer and wow…it’s a treasure. It’s a little park built with nature. A nice quiet place for families to observe birds or other wildlife. When you get there they even let you borrow (for free) nature equipment. You can check out binoculars, sketching sullies and many other things to help you explore. They have nature experts to answer your questions at the welcome center. Or you can just walk right though and enjoy the park. They have a play house and other play equipment. They also have a mini gorge that the children can operate a pump to have the water trickle down. It’s a very interesting space. Bring a packed lunch a camera and plan to stay a while.
I think they also have other programs throughout the year that are both educational and fun. If you live in the area…it’s a must see. I know the address says LA…but Google it…Pasadena and South Pasadena are very close. I hope that gives you an idea as to where it is.