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-three 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.

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

Discovery Day Camp every week in July

This July JMDC will have four weeks of Discovery Day Camp for 6-9 year old Explorers and 10-14 year old Explorers. For the first time we will have one week of Discovery Day Camp for 15-17 year old Explorers. Monday through Friday each week camp will start for each age group at 9:00 am and end at 1:00 pm. Explorers can be dropped off as early as 8:30 am and must be picked up by 1:30 pm. Explorers attending camp will make new friends, have fun, and learn about the world around them.

Each weekly session is a different theme for Discovery Day Camp activities. The cost is $100 per weekly session and there is a 20% discount for siblings enrolled in any session. More information on each session is on the Discovery Day Camp page and the Download page.

Week 1 - July 4-8
Ages 6-9 the theme is Icky, Sticky Science
Ages 9-14 the theme is Outdoor Explorers

Week 2 - July 11-15
Ages 6-9 the theme is Wild, Wild West
Ages 10-14 the theme is The Knight's Tale

Week 3 - July 18-22
Ages 6-9 the theme is Big Blue Marble
Ages 10-14 the theme is Rock, Heavy Metal, and Geology
Ages 15-17 the theme is Adventures in 'Ology' (Biology, Paleontology, Anthropology, and Geology)

Week 4 - July 25-29
Ages 6-9 the theme is Wild Kingdom
Ages 10-14 the theme is Space, the last Frontier

Please contact our offices to get more information and all your questions answered.

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 the 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 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.