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Trailside Museum

Trailside Museum : Welcome Center

Trailside Museum is currently closed to the public. We hope to re-open Trailside Museum in June 2024!

The Trailside Museum is the weekend welcome center for Glen Helen Nature Preserve. Visitors to the Glen are encouraged to stop by before exploring the trails. The Museum features hands-on displays and exhibits that are designed for visitors to get an up close experience with nature. 


Trail maps are available at Trailside, while the Glen Helen Nature Shop, located in the nearby Vernet Center, offers an array of nature books, birding items, and other items of interest for outdoor enthusiasts. 

As the starting place for many public family and adult programs, the Trailside Museum offers scheduled, educational programs for all ages. Visit our Program Calendar for guided hike and program information. Want a program at your school or group location? Please visit the Extension Programs page to learn about our traveling programs or to schedule a program within The Glen.

*Hours of operation vary seasonally. Additional hours with volunteer support.

Guided Hikes


Led by a diverse cast of educators, naturalists, and outdoor enthusiasts, guided hikes and walks explore the picturesque trails as they wind through the Glen's expansive property. Participants learn about the natural environment as hike guides point out the area's unique flora and fauna, natural landmarks, and geologic sites. 


Guided hikes take place throughout the year. Many hikes are offered free for Glen Helen Members, $5 for non-member participants. All hikes are moderate intensity and require pre-registration, no less than two days before the hike. Please visit our calendar for details. 


Guided Hikes through the Glen
Educational Programs at Glen Helen
Educational Programs


 The Trailside Museum offers educational opportunities for all ages, visitors explore the hidden treasures of the Glen, examine ecological relationships, create nature-centered artistic pieces, and much more. Trailside programs are designed to involve participants through the use of hands-on activities and interactive experiences that encourage a greater understanding and respect for the natural world. Please visit our calendar for details. 



Trailside Volunteer Opportunities


Trailside Museum volunteers assist with greeting visitors and caring for ambassador animals, as well as leading guided hikes and educational programs/events for visitors of all ages. One time and ongoing opportunities are available for individuals 16 and older, as well as families, community organizations, and Girl/Boy Scout Troops.


Our success depends on you. Become a Glen Helen Volunteer today!

Trailside Volunteer Opprotunities

Photo: Nikki Saadat

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