Daniels Nature Center

Overlooking Alpine Pond at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, the David C. Daniels Nature Center features imaginative displays that both children and adults can enjoy. Opened to the public in 1996, the Nature Center was partially funded through the generosity of the Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Judy and David Daniels family in memory of their son David C. Daniels.

Operating Hours

Due to public health directives to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the opening date for the Nature Center is subject to change without notice. Updates will be posted as needed.

Scheduled to open for the season on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Come by to take part in our opening weekend welcome!

Once open, visit Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm until 5:00pm during spring and summer, and 11:00am to 4:00pm in the fall.

Exhibits and activities at the Nature Center

The Daniels Nature Center serves as the starting point for exploring the environment of Alpine Pond and surrounding Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. A trip here includes a 1/2-mile trail, accessible to all ages and abilities, that loops around Alpine Pond.

  • Larger-than-life pond creatures;
  • A creative mural featuring pond-dwellers and their food chains;
  • A live, captive-bred gopher snake;
  • Touchable wildlife skulls and skins
  • Picnic tables, restrooms, drinking faucet and bicycle parking available year-round!
    There are no trash cans on Midpen preserves-- all garbage must be packed out.

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Multimedia Nature Tours

Enjoy a self-guided, multi-media nature tour around Alpine Pond or along nearby trails.

Tours are available for download in a variety of formats.


To reach the Daniels Nature Center, park in the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve parking lot located on the corner of the Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Page Mill/Alpine Road intersection (across Skyline Boulevard on the right) and walk through the pedestrian tunnel to the Nature Center. 
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Events and Activities

Find out about current activities at nearby Russian Ridge and Skyline Ridge Preserves.

Get Involved

Find out how to volunteer as a Nature Center Host or an Outdoor Education Leader at the Nature Center.