Rio Hondo Park Nature Program • Explore With Us!

The Rio Hondo Nature Program is aimed at the Pico Rivera community’s local youth and their families. The program allows local youth the opportunity to explore the outdoors, gain leadership experience, and learn about career paths within nature at no expense. Participants will learn with a combination of guest speakers and hands-on experiences through the exploration of local outdoor excursions. Transportation and admission to excursions are paid for through the Outdoor Equity Grants Program.  

Upcoming Explorations:

18 May

A Teen Adventure: Eaton Canyon Hiking Experience

  • 6:30 am
  • Eaton Canyon

Eaton Canyon is perfect for the beginner hiker! This is a moderate hiking trail with several stream crossings. Adventurers will have an opportunity to enjoy spring's natural blooming flowers, wildlife and an impressive waterfall! Space is limited so register today!

27 Apr

A Family Adventure: Under the Sea Sub

  • 8:00 am
  • Catalina Island

Explorers come face-to-face with Catalina's abundant marine life aboard a semi-submersible submarine as you cruise five feet below the surface in a spacious, climate-controlled cabin. You'll see an incredible array of undersea creatures, including bright orange garibaldi, spotted calico bass, urchins, rockfish, and bat rays, to name a few. Then, explorers will enjoy a scenic land tour of the city! It's a real adventure! This seagoing adventure is for young sailors ages 5 to 17. (Youth 5 -17 MUST be accompanied by an adult)

15 Jul

Wetlands Bolsa Chica Conservancy: A Guided Hike Experience

  • 8:00 am
  • Bolsa Chica Conservancy

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is an excellent learning experience of wetland science and history firsthand! Throughout the guided hike explorers will learn about wetland ecology, watershed protection, biology, and history, with an emphasis on conservation and restoration. In addition, explorers will understand the wetland habitats' importance and how we are all connected.

09 Dec

A Family Hiking Trip: A Guided Hike Experience

  • 9:30 am
  • Chino Hills State Park

The Chino Hills State Park is a natural area with a great variety of habitats and microclimates. A guided hike is the perfect excursion to observe diverse native wildlife and plant species. The Hiking trail is moderately leveled and perfect for the beginner hiker! Explorers will also experience specific programming at the Chino Hills state Discovery Center. Rain or shine trip. Space is limited!

20 Jan

A Family Experience: Aquarium on Wheels

  • 10:00 am
  • Rio Hondo Park

The Aquarium on Wheels is bringing a local tidepool habitat to you. Aquarium educators lead an exploration of the Pacific Ocean through interactive engagements. Explorers may touch sea creatures like a sticky sea anemone, a spiny sea star, or even discover the rough textured skin of a shark!

16 Mar

WAITLIST - A Family Adventure: Whale Watching Guided Tour

  • 7:00 am
  • Newport Beach

During this Enhanced Whale Watching Cruise, onboard educators will lead students through several free learning experiences, such as bird and mammal monitoring, an onboard scavenger hunt, and a plankton tow with tons of marine mammal artifacts. This seagoing adventure is for young sailors ages 5 to 17. (Youth 5 -17 MUST be accompanied by an adult)

To register, please visit


  • The Rio Hondo Nature Program is for Pico Rivera residents only and is aimed at the youth. A youth must be present for adults to attend.
  • Registered participants who do not attend will not be applicable for future trips for the Rio Hondo Nature Program.

The City of Pico Rivera would like to give a special thank you to California State Parks! The Rio Hondo Nature Program is funded by the Outdoor Equity Grants Program, created through AB 209 and administered by California State Parks, Office of Grants, and Local Services.

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