Did you know…..

JMDC’s daily admission is free to 9 acres of botanical gardens with over ten dinosaur sculptures!

JMDC is open six days a week. Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 am through 5:00 pm, Sunday from noon through 5:00 pm. Monday we are closed.

JMDC is located in Jurupa Valley in the foothills of the Jurupa Mountains at 7621 Granite HIll Drive, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509. You can call our offices to speak with a staff member at 951.685.5818.

JMDC has 82 acres used for school field trips, a large variety of daily paid Expeditions, weekend activities, community events, and private parties.

JMDC's Museum Gift Shop is going through a complete renovation, the first since it was built. New sections, color on the walls, expanded floor space, new displays, and brighter more efficient lighting. It is a great thing to see the changes every week as we get closer to completion. Be sure to stop in a see the changes and give us your thoughts.

JMDC has tortoises and turtles. In our turtle pond out in the garden we have twenty-eight Red Ear Sliders and some gold fish. We are making plans to expand the turtle pond later in the year. In the tortoise barn and paddock outside the Museum Gift Shop we have two permitted female California Desert Tortoise (Rose Petal and ?) and in the barn and paddock next door we have two male Sulcata Tortoises (Gamera and Alfredo) from sub-Sahara Africa. Currently an expanded enclosure is being designed for the tortoises in one of our gardens.

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Remember Many Discoveries are waiting for you at Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center!

Upcoming Special Events!

JMDC has many exciting family events happening this Spring and Summer. Look at this list of upcoming special events and save the dates. More details will be posted for each event here and on our Facebook Page as the date gets closer.

Every Saturday – JMDC at The Valley Patch Farmer’s Market from 8:00am to 1:00pm at the Jurupa Valley Spectrum, 8022 Limonite Ave., Jurupa Valley 92509. We will have a selection of plants from Granite Hill Nursery and items from our Gift Shop for your convenience.

April 1st – Join JMDC as we celebrate National Crayon Day! (Yes we know it is March 31st, but everything is more fun on a Saturday) This is a free event for all family members. We will provide crayons or sidewalk chalk to make your art. Friendly competitions will be held for 4 and under, 5-9, and 10 and over in the crayon competition. Starting at 10:00am each age group will be provided with an age appropriate picture to color. If you arrive later that is fine. For the sidewalk chalk art you will be assigned a panel on one of our cement patios to draw a family friendly JMDC inspired picture, this open to all ages. Judging by members of the Jurupa Valley Arts Council will not start until 2:00pm.

JMDC will award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as decided by our panel of Judges from the Jurupa Valley Arts Council. Bring a picnic lunch and watch the art happen. Check-in the Gift shop to get your picture and crayons or chalk to start making your beautiful art. Art and artists will be posted to social media sites during and following the event.

April 15th – Our Speaker Series continues with Rickie Dickerson . At 10:00 am join us in the West Museum for Art Should Be Fun!. Jurupa Valley Artist Rickie Dickerson will share her expression of joy through art to each of you. Rickie has an enthusiasm for life that fills the room.

Your painting supplies for the morning with Rickie will be provided. You will be having fun making your own art! You will want to wear clothes to paint in and bring a bottle of water to drink. If the weather cooperates this will be an outdoor event in one of our shaded venues.

July 3rd – The first of four weeks of Summer Discovery Camp starts. We will have more detailed information about each week’s program shortly. Sign-ups will start April 18th. We will have four different programs offered each week with a different weekly theme. Our four programs offered will be; Toddler Time for 2-4 year olds, Young Explorers 5-9 year olds, Seasoned Explorers 10-13 year olds, and Adventuring Explorers 14-17 year olds. Each level of program will have age specific activities. We are looking forward to great summer programs.

Call our office to register for these events. Also, look for updated information on our Facebook page for these and other events.

Granite Hill Nursery

If you have not visited Granite Hill Nursery recently you want to make the visit. Mike and Patti have been working very hard to give Granite Hill Nursery a new look and feel. Come see what they have done and give them your opinion. They want Granite Hill Nursery to be your place to visit.

Granite Hill Nursery at JMDC has a large variety of species of cacti and succulents in a range of sizes. Much of our stock comes from our growing fields and propagation houses. The rest is from rescue, donations or outside suppliers. We are bringing in new plants on a regular basis. If there is a particular plant you want ask Mike or Patti to see if they can get it for you.

We have many varieties of Ferocactus acanthodes, barrel cactus. Sizes range from 12" tall to 4 feet tall. The best price anywhere for these extraordinary plants. Buy your own piece of California Native history. Our selections are always changing, so stop by often. Granite Hill Nursery's hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday noon to 4:30 pm.

While visiting Granite Hill Nursery be sure to explore the associated gardens. The Cactus and Succulent gardens have many mature and unique species on several acres to explore. Our Aloe Fields have species from North and South Africa spread over several acres on our garden slopes. The Remembrance Garden, a collection of small Butterfly gardens, is under construction by Life Scouts working on their Eagle Service Projects. The Pelargonium Garden is under renovation. Several trails that meander through the gardens allow for great photography opportunities as the light and shadow change throughout the day. Come and shop Granite Hill Nursery and spend time relaxing in the gardens.

Post your cactus or succulent pictures at #granitehillnursery and share with everyone