Nix Nature Center opens March 17

Beginning Saturday, March 17, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park’s James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As the park’s new headquarters, the Nix Nature Center will be the gateway for recreational users to explore a network of linked trails throughout the 6,600-acre Laguna Coast Wilderness park — including the James Dilley Preserve; and Willow, Sycamore and Laurel canyons, as well as Crystal Cove State Park and City of Irvine Open Space Preserve South.

The park is located north of the 73 toll road off Laguna Canyon Road. The realigned section of Laguna Canyon Road provides undercrossings for park visitors and wildlife, and direct access to Orange County’s only natural lake, Barbara’s Lake.

For more information, call Laguna Canyon Foundation at (949) 497-8324 or visit