Anyone else have kiddos who love dinosaurs?! Well I was looking up places with nature centers and other small museums and stumbled upon the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center. This place looks perfect for my little adventurers! The Jurupa Mountain Discovery Center combines nature with exploration and learning and is FREE to visit. Explore Dinosaur Mesa to see some amazing Dinosaurs and see all the beautiful and unique plants at the nursery (many of which are available for purchase). The Center also has a great little museum and special activity days.
On Saturdays you are invited to go on a rock and mineral collecting expedition ($8 per person, children 2 years and under are free). Participants learn about how rocks and fossils are formed. As you hike through Dinosaur Mesa to the Quarry learn about about these amazing prehistoric creatures on display. Once at the Quarry you will be able to collect your own rock and mineral specimens to take home. The expedition sets off every Saturday at 9am, 12pm and 2pm. There is no obligation to participate in the Rock and Mineral Collecting when visiting the Discovery Center; the Nursery, museum and Dinosaur Mesa are all FREE to explore.
Earth Science Museum
The Jurupa Mountain Discovery Center also features a great little Earth Science Museum (the Ruth and Sam Kirkby Earth Science Museum) which is home to a large collection of Dinosaur Eggs that were found in China. The museum also features artifacts that were discovered here in the Inland Empire. Though the museum is small it has many exhibits to check out. Some of the exhibits are Rocks and Minerals, Fossils, Native American Artifacts, Petrified Wood, and Mining just to name a few. The Museum like the rest of the Center is FREE to visit but donations are greatly appreciated.
I can’t wait to take my little family on an adventure here soon!
Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center
7621 Granite Hill Drive
Riverside, Ca 92509