The Carolyn Parr Nature Center is one of Napa Valley's little known gems.

Through dioramas, seasonal and topical displays, hands-on displays, adult and children’s libraries, the center introduces visitors to the natural wonders and ecology of surrounding area. All the plants and animals in its displays are indigenous to Napa County.

Hear from a couple of the nature center's volunteers for more information on the Read with a Ranger program and other free family-friendly activities.

Carolyn Parr Nature Center is located at 3107 Browns Valley Road at the base of Westwood Hills in Napa. Info, cpnaturecenter.com.