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 has finished the construction part of the renovation.  New sections, color on the walls, expanded floor space, and brighter more efficient lighting. We will continue to work on the displays, Critter Corner and the S.T.E.A.M. Station activity corner. Be sure to stop in 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 ?) with a juvenal Sulcata Tortoise (Trucker) 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.

Share your pictures on Instagram at #HowDoYouDiscover #JMDCManyDiscoveries or #JurupaMountainsDiscoveryCenter. We’d love see what you see!

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.

3rd Saturday Speaker Series – July 15th, Otie Braden will be here to speak about rockhounding and lapidary.  If you are just getting started or a seasoned rockhound Otie will have answers to your questions.  If you have ever thought about what to do with your collection of rocks Otie will be able to show you the beauty of lapidary.  He will also be signing copies of his book ‘Gem Trails of Southern California’ available for sale that day.

July 24th – Help us celebrate 50 years of educational camps in the Jurupa Mountains. Sign-up for our last week of Summer Discovery Camp, registration forms are on the DOWNLOAD page. We will have three 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, 10-15 year olds
Each program will have age specific activities. We are looking forward to great final week of 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.

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