Spider Pavilion and Nature Gardens are open. The indoor museum remains closed. Advanced timed-tickets are required. Learn how to visit safely.

The Pond

Where there's water, there's life. Discover the animals and native plants that thrive here.

Little boy in hat crouches on a low rock ledge and looks into the nature gardens pond

Teeming with wildlife, the Sarah Meeker Jensen Pond is a lively place to watch birds, dragonflies, and other insects flitting around the water and the native plants. See if you can find the tiny Arroyo chub, a native fish once common in the L.A. River.

A couple stands at a fence and looks at nature gardens pond

Taking in the scenery.

White California rose mallow blooming at nature gardens pond with waterfall in background

White California rose mallow blooming at the Nature Gardens pond with waterfall in background.

Male and female mallard ducks paddling in the pond

A pair of Mallard ducks paddle in the pond.

A yellow western pond lily floats in the water

A yellow western pond lily floats in the water.

Hands hold a blue net with a small arroyo chub, ready to be released

Arroyo chub about to be released into the pond.

A woman in a sun hat and a boy in a baseball hat by the side of the pond

Checking out the pond.

A dragonfly rests on the fence by the pond

A common green darner rests on the fence.

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Taking in the scenery.

White California rose mallow blooming at the Nature Gardens pond with waterfall in background.

A pair of Mallard ducks paddle in the pond.

A yellow western pond lily floats in the water.

Arroyo chub about to be released into the pond.

Checking out the pond.

A common green darner rests on the fence.

Things to see and do:
 

  • Look for tiny Arroyo chub fish swimming in the water.
  • Eat your lunch on a shaded rock while listening to the waterfall.
  • Notice how many types of plants live in and around the water.