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 Winter and Spring. 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 8:00 am to 1:00 pm 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.
February 11th – Our Speaker Series begins with Martin Espino. At 11:00 am join us in the West Museum for a very special presentation/performance of Ancient California Music.
This is an Interactive Lecture and Performance presented by Martin Espino using instruments common among the indigenous tribes of California. The performance is 100% Interactive. The lecture and performance will include singing accompanied by light percussion with a wide variety of Rattles, Clapper Sticks, Percussive Rocks; Delicate Sounding Flutes and Whistles, Buzzers and Hunting Bow Instrument.
No drums in this program! This is not a loud program.
Martin has an accompanying CD called ANCIENT CALIFORNIA which is 33 minutes of a little creek in San Dimas, CA, native birds at a hot springs in Soledad, CA and Indigenous Flutes reconstructed by Martin Espino. No one has ever done this before! Martin is always innovating! Always thinking!
Ages: K to Adult – Duration: 45 minutes Martin Espino is a performer who should not be missed. This is a free performance.
February 11th – Love Is In The Earth
Celebrating Valentine’s Day we will be having a special event in the West Museum for adults young and old. Love is in the Earth event’s focus is all about the vibrational frequency and energy of Love, Crystals, Minerals, Metals, Humanity, Animal Kingdom and Mother Earth. The second part of the event focuses on sound therapy which has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing through vibrational frequency. Sound therapy is relaxing, de-stressing, allowing happiness and peace to surround your entire being. Sound instruments that have been selected for sound therapy are: Crystal Bowl, Tibetan Bowl and Gong.
Please bring blankets and a pillow to lay on the floor for Sound Therapy
February 18th – Aloe Walk
UC Master Gardeners will be leading an informative walk through our Aloe Fields discussing the growth and behavior of these unique old world plants. Then a walk through our cactus garden to compare and contrast new world agave and cactus.
Following the walk there will be refreshments in the Sunken Garden.
Call our office to register for these events. Also, look for updated information on our Facebook page on 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