Galster Wilderness Park Nature Center
The Galster Wilderness Park Nature Center is a small museum and educational center set in Galster Wilderness Park, a 42-acre wilderness park located on the north slope of the San Jose Hills in the San Gabriel Valley, California. It is operated by the San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy in partnership with the City of West Covina.1620 Aroma Ave.
West Covina, CA. 91791
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday:
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Have you always wanted to be a park volunteer and share your love of nature with others? The City of West Covina, in partnership with the San Gabriel Valley Mountains Regional Conservancy (SGMRC), provides training to help you become a volunteer at the Nature Center at Galster Wilderness Park. The nature education program is dependent upon volunteers to serve as docents, trail guides, office personnel, program presenters, and assistants. For more information, please contact the Nature Center at (626) 919-0715.
The History of Galster Wilderness Park and Nature Center
The center is named after Emil S. and Gladys Galster, who deeded the park to the City of West Covina in 1971. Emil and Gladys Galster stipulated that the park will always remain a wilderness park and be available for educational use to scouting organizations.
Galster Wilderness is one of the last remaining native plant communities of Southern California Black Walnut Woodlands, Juglans californica trees, which grow on the north slope of the San Jose Hills. Besides the non-natives, coastal sage scrub dominates the remainder of the park.