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Sycamore Creek Interpretive Center

Sycamore Creek Interpretive Center building
Sycamore Creek Interpretive Center

The mission of Sycamore Creek Interpretive Center is to cultivate environmental understanding and stewardship through engaging educational experiences that empower all of us to live more sustainably.  

The center is a re-purposed model home trailer, which originally served as the sales office for Sycamore Creek housing development. Our building houses indoor exhibits, displays, nature based learning activities and touch tables to inspire curiosity and engage both young and old in scientific thought and discovery. Staff is continuously developing educational programming about the local flora, fauna, ecosystem interactions, and the Santa Ana River Watershed. School programming, community workshops, and summer programs for youth are also available.

Please contact the center or follow us on Facebook (SCICTV) for more information.

Citizen Science

Santa Ana Watershed Community Science Network Logo

Sycamore Creek Interpretive Center serves as a Citizen Science Outpost and resource center of the Santa Ana Watershed Community Science Network. The Santa Ana Community Science Network is a  collaborative and community-based effort to organize and train community members of all ages to become citizen scientists and participate in hands-on science projects that help protect the Santa Ana  Watershed and its ecosystems. Visit SCIC today to help gather scientific data for real science projects occurring throughout our watershed and all over the world. 

Sycamore Creek Preserve

Upward view of sycamore tree
Photo courtesy of Michele Felix-Derbarmdiker

Sycamore Creek Interpretive Center is situated on Sycamore Creek Preserve, which offers inspiring views of the Santa Ana Mountains and the Cleveland National Forest. The preserve functions as a critical corridor between the national forest and the Estelle Mountains. The SCIC provides information about Sycamore Creek Preserve, which is part of a conservation easement managed by RCRCD. This easement is part of RCRCD's continuing efforts to conserve and protect our natural resources. 

The preserve is home to a variety of habitats including a riparian corridor with a flood control sediment basin. From our deck visitors can view the seasonal Indian Creek, which drains into Temescal Wash, a major tributary to the Santa Ana River. In addition to riparian habitat, the preserve is comprised of other sensitive habitats, such as southern oak woodland, coastal sage scrub and chaparral. These habitats offer refuge to many species of flora and fauna, some of which are rare or endangered. Both the rare Munz’s Onion and California Gnatcatcher have been observed in the upland habitats. Focused monitoring of vegetative cover, species diversity and wildlife help staff assess the health of the preserve and reach long term management goals. 

About Us


Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays  9 AM to 3 PM and by appointment. (Closed holidays)

Beginning March 12th 2020, Sycamore Creek Interpretive Center will be closed and all programing suspended, for several months. This is due to the growing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. Please check our website and Facebook page for closure updates. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. 


11875 Indian Truck Trail

Temescal Valley, CA 92883 

Find us directly off the Indian Truck Trail exit off the 15 fwy, at the intersection of Indian Truck Trail and Campbell Ranch Rd. Look for the boulder lined driveway.



Interpretive Center-(951) 277-0219

RCRCD Main Office-(951) 683-7691

View of the Santa Ana Mountains from Sycamore Creek Interpretive Center
Sycamore Creek Preserve. Photo courtesy of Michele Felix-Derbarmdiker