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Join the County-Wide Scavenger Haunt at Eaton Canyon Nature Center

Published on Oct 28, 2020

The Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department is doing their best to make sure everyone in Pasadena is having a great time with a series of Halloween activities throughout the county, including Pasadena.

One of these activities is the county’s first annual Natural Areas Scavenger Haunt, where people can visit any or all of seven nature parks in Los Angeles County, and children can follow clues to an enchanted location.

Each of the seven parks will share a tale and coordinates for you to use as clues so you can find the chosen site. Once you find the location, take a photo with yourself there share it on social media with #ParksScavengerHaunt, @LACountyParks on Twitter and Instagram, and on Facebook.

In Pasadena, between now and November 1, head over to the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, located at 1750 N. Altadena Drive, and look for the “guardian tree with a friendly face” at these coordinates: 34°10’45.8”N, 118°05’48.7”W. That should give you a clue to locate the “magic portal.”

You’ll need to register before entry to Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Call (626) 398-5420 for more information.

Currently, only one reservation at the Nature Center is allowed per household per day. Each reservation will permit entry for one vehicle or up to four people walking in. There’s no need to make a reservation for each person in your party.

Reservations are free and must be made in advance, by at least the day before your visit, through the LA County parks reservation system on this site,, where you’ll need to create an account before reserving.

No same-day reservations or walk-ins are allowed. Face coverings that cover nose, mouth and chin are required in buildings, parking lots, trail heads, when passing people on the trails and at destination spots.

For more detailed instructions on how to play the Natural Areas Scavenger Haunt, go to

For specific instructions at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, visit

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