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!
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.
Saturdays – 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’ll have a selection of plants from Granite Hill Nursery and items from our Gift Shop for your convenience. There will be promotion fliers for our different activities and Staff will be able to answer your questions.
3rd Saturday Speaker Series – June 17th, Help us kick-off 50 years of Summer Camp in the Jurupa Mountains at JMDC with ‘Meet the Discovery Camp Guides!’
Camp Guides will talk briefly about their weekly themed programs for the month of July and then answer your questions. Guide Grecia will lead Toddler Time, ages 2-4. Guide Ally will lead Young Explorers, ages 5-9. Guide Bill will lead Seasoned Explorers, ages 10-13. Guide Nathan will lead Adventuring Explorers, ages 14-17.
Anyone who is signed-up and pays in full on June 17th will get a 10% discount on the tuition. Call office for details.
July 3rd – Help us celebrate 50 years of educational camps in the Jurupa Mountains. Sign-up for one or more of the four weeks of Summer Discovery Camp, registration forms are on the DOWNLOAD page. We will have four different age programs offered each week with a different weekly theme. Our four age programs are;
Toddler Time, 2-4 year olds
Young Explorers, 5-9 year olds
Seasoned Explorers, 10-13 year olds
Adventuring Explorers, 14-17 year olds
Each weekly program will have age specific activities. We are looking forward to great summer programs.
Call our office for details about any of these events. Also, look for updated information on our Facebook page for these and other events.
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