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The Gateway to Nature is open!

Visit downtown Los Angeles and the historic El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument to visit WNPA’s newest center for interactive activities and great national park products! Your purchases support parks and public lands!
Hellman/Quon Building
130 Paseo de La Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 265-7723
Hours:
Monday – Saturday 9:30AM-6PM | 
Sunday 11AM-5PM

We’re open now, but you’re invited to our grand opening on December 9, 2016!

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Los Angeles, California – After five years of development, the Gateway to Nature Center is open at El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument, the birthplace of Los Angeles. Spearheaded by the nonprofit Western National Parks Association in partnership with the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, and the City of Los Angeles, the Gateway to Nature brings nature to multiculturally diverse, urban populations. “This is an exciting opportunity for the forest service to work with our partners,” said Martin Dumpis, Regional Foresters Representative in southern California. “The center will allow us to instill a conservation ethic and appreciation of the ecosystem services which public lands provide.”=

The Gateway to Nature Center, located in the historic Hellman/Quon building, is designed to engage all audiences, with specific focus toward the 400,000 youth and school groups who frequent El Pueblo annually. The center explores the way in which nature is open to interpretation, inviting imagination, creativity, whimsy, and even mystery. It challenges traditional notions of outdoor exploration by highlighting unique ways people in Los Angeles engage with nature, in particular, their local parks, forests, and public lands. By expanding visitors’ perceptions, the center aims to educate and encourage new modes of park participation—but more importantly, spark moments of self-discovery, identification, and advocacy.

Visitors enter a space that in part is reminiscent of an outdoor store, but it upends expectations by utilizing unconventional images, objects, and materials to illuminate a different kind of experience. The Gateway to Nature is organized as a series of vignettes where visitors wander through areas that showcase activities interspersed with objects of curiosity and images of wonder. The Gateway to Nature was designed and built in partnership with Cinnabar, a Los Angeles-based company that provides integrated design and fabrication services to museums, artists, and cultural institutions. Cinnabar is known for their innovative spaces such as The Discovery Cube Los Angeles. For children, there is an Explorer’s Corner, a space for students to try their hand an activity–sketching, leaf rubbings, or nature crafts. Visitors also will encounter a 16-foot participatory wall map to help ‘Find Your Los Angeles,’ which will broaden one’s perceptions of the city’s natural spaces.

The Gateway also serves as a visitor center for El Pueblo, offering information and ideas to explore all that El Pueblo has to offer. Handmade jewelry and crafts by the Tongva and other American Indian tribes, as well as by Mexican and Oaxacan people, will be available for purchase, in addition to apparel, guide books, and a vast array of gifts and gear. All purchases benefit the national parks and support the programs offered at The Gateway.
“Angelenos are the proud owners of hundreds of thousands of acres of parks and open space around the City,” said David Szymanski, Superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. “Unfortunately, we’ve never given them an owner’s manual to tell them where it is, how to get there, and what they can do there. This is what the Gateway to Nature is all about. We’re honored to join our partners to provide this vital public service.”
James E. Cook, WNPA’s Executive Director, said, “It is truly a pleasure to open the doors and see the visitors’ response to this exciting new space. We will be able to reach more people than ever and create new advocates for our parks and public lands.”

Chris Espinosa, General Manager of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument added, “The Gateway to Nature presents a unique opportunity to educate and connect our local youth to the great outdoors. Our surrounding public lands offer wonderful experiences for exercise, volunteerism, and family outings. El Pueblo Historical Monument is proud to host this environmental hub for learning and creating new life adventures.”

About Western National Parks Association

As a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service, WNPA supports 71 park partners across the West, developing products, services, and programs that enrich the visitor experience. Since 1938 WNPA has worked to connect new generations to parks in meaningful ways, all with one simple goal: create advocates who want to preserve and protect these special places for everyone, for all time. To learn more, visit www.wnpa.org.

About the National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the NPS for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The NPS cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. www.nps.gov

About El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument

El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument is proud to be a partner and LA home to the new Gateway to Nature Center. This project will educate and bring information about the National Parks and US Forests to over 2 million people and 400,000 students that visit us each year. http://elpueblo.lacity.org/

About the USDA Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service is a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 44 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.  The Forest Service has the world’s largest forestry research organization. The Forest Service augments their work through partnerships with public and private agencies that help plant trees, improve trails, educate the public, and improve conditions in wildland/urban interfaces.  www.fs.fed.us/


The G2 Gallery presents 100 Years of National Parks: The West

October 4, 2016 – December 24, 2016

FeaturingArt Wolfe | Barbara Michelman | Beverly Houwing | Bill Edwards | Buddy Weiss |Carl Richards | Cheyne Walls | Dan Gottlieb | Doug Dolde | Felix Gil de la Casa | Franka Gabler |James Bourret | Javier Gil Vieco | Jeremy Evans | Jeremy Long | Jesus Parra | Joe Doherty |John Bosma | John D’Onofrio | John Fisanotti | Joshua Weinfeld | Karen Schuenemann | Kevin Ebi |Marc Muench | Mark Lissick | Matt Kuhns | Michael Miner | Nicki Geigert | Rich Greene |Rick Kattlemann | Robert Bush | Robert Glenn Ketchum | Susan Gottlieb | T.C. Badalato | Tom Lowe

About 100 Years of National Parks: The West

For the fourth and final installment of our 100 Years of National Parks series celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service (NPS), we turn our focus to The West. It is our most extensive exhibition to date, featuring 64 framed images by 35 photographers – from United Nations award-winners to emerging Los Angeles artists – all capturing the spirit of this coast’s 172 NPS-maintained parks.

The West attempts to represent the vast diversity of geography, climate and beauty of the American West. Colorful gorges, strange buttes, lush forests, idyllic seashores, pristine lakes, snowcapped mountains, and ethereal deserts – perhaps no other region on Earth contains such variety. This exhibit showcases stunning, iconic views, unique perspectives on familiar places, and fresh looks at some of the West’s lesser-known parks. Through these photographs, we can appreciate not only the tremendous nature of the landscapes, themselves, but also the immense amount of work done by the National Park Service to protect and preserve these spaces that truly are “America’s Best Idea.”

Featured States:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
If you go:

The G2 Gallery
Hours of operation: Monday – Sunday, 10 am – 6pm
1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291-3742
310-452-2842
Info@theg2gallery.com

 


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WNPA and Gateway to Nature helped celebrate LA’s birthday on August 27th! Here are some pictures:

Visitors check out the sneak peak for WNPA's new Gateway to Nature in Los Angeles.

Visitors check out the sneak peak for WNPA’s new Gateway to Nature in Los Angeles.

Forest Rangers, Smokey Bear, and an amazing young person!

Forest Rangers, Smokey Bear, and an amazing young person!

On Saturday, August 27, thousands of people turned out to celebrate the City of Los Angeles’ birthday in El Pueblo.

That same day, WNPA offered a sneak preview into its Gateway to Nature visitor center.

Celebrating LA's 235th birthday in El Pueblo!

Celebrating LA’s 235th birthday in El Pueblore visitor center which will open Fall, 2016.

 

Thanks to our partners, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, El Pueblo Historical Monument, and the City of Los Angeles for making our sneak preview a huge success!

A banner in Gateway to Nature!

A banner in Gateway to Nature!

 

 

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A view of WNPA's new Gateway to Nature in Los Angeles.

A view of WNPA’s new Gateway to Nature in Los Angeles.

 


Gateway to Nature – Partner Information

Western National Parks Association
Western National Parks Association (WNPA) helps make the national park experience possible for everyone. As a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service, WNPA supports 71 parks across the West, developing products, services, and programs that enrich the visitor experience. Since 1938, WNPA has worked to connect new generations to parks in meaningful ways, all with one simple goal: to create advocates who want to preserve and protect these special places for everyone, for all time. More information about WNPA can be found at www.wnpa.org. For additional info: Jo Alenson, jo.alenson@wnpa.org, (520) 789-7324.

National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the NPS for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The NPS cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. www.nps.gov

El Pueblo Historical Monument
El Pueblo Historical Monument is proud to be a partner and LA home to the new Gateway to Nature Center.  We are excited this project will educate and bring information about the National Parks and US Forests to over 2 million people and 400,000 students that visit us each year. http://elpueblo.lacity.org/

About the USDA Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service is a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 44 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.  The Forest Service has the world’s largest forestry research organization. The Forest Service augments their work through partnerships with public and private agencies that help plant trees, improve trails, educate the public, and improve conditions in wildland/urban interfaces.  www.fs.fed.us/