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Nature Education Center

Outdoor Education Building 

The Nature Center is the hub for our Outdoor Education programming at Camarillo Grove park. The Center is open to the public during normal park hours, unless being utilized for a program or event. This facility includes interpretive signage along a trail that provides information about our local ecosystems, flora and fauna; interactive water table; teaching deck for programs; nature-based play equipment such as boulders, logs, ant hill, and more; as well as native gardens with braille signs. 



This project was funded by our Foundation for Pleasant Valley Recreation & Parks. From 2017-2024, they raised $65,000 to support the District with building the Nature Education Building. The purpose is to help increase Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District's Outdoor Education programming at Camarillo Grove Park's Nature Center. The building plays a vital role in providing environmental and nature education to the community through and average of 36 classes and hikes combined annually. 


New Nature Education Buidling! 

The  structure will be  used during the District's Outdoor Education classes. It holds taxidermy animals and fossils inside along with a 55" TV and educational materials. 



Timeline Status
Phase I: BidFoundation board and Board of Directors approved Tuff Shed bid on June 1, 2022.
Phase 2: Demo Inspections & DemoAsbestos and lead inspection on current structure was performed on July 1, 2022. RFP for removal of lead paint was approved on July 18, 2022 and was completed on July 26, 2022.  A demo permit approved by the County of Ventura on August 1, 2022. The garage structure was torn down by a group of volunteers on October 1, 2022. 
Phase 3: Permit Blueprints were received from Tuff Shed on August 18, 2022 and submitted to the County of Ventura for a build permit.  On June 6, 2023, plans were approved.  Permit and clearances were received on August 1, 2023.  
Phase 4: ConstructionConstruction took place September - April 2024
Phase 5: CompletionCompletion and Grand Opening was held on April 20, 2024



The Foundation partnered with organizations to help support our cause. The Foundation received a $1,000 environmental grant from Amber's Light Lions Club to help purchase two display cases for the taxidermy animals.  Lauterbach & Associates Architects Inc. partnered with us on blueprints, plans and the permit process. B&B Do-It Center donated $1,500 of supplies to help with construction and finishing touches. Visit Camarillo sponsored multiple fundraiser events throughout the 7 years which helped us raise more funds for the project.

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