the early California Indians that once lived in the area has been found
in this 50-year-old park. The Nature Center was the first in the Los Angeles
County Park System, founded in the early 1950's.
wooden building in the center is the original house for the caretaker
of the San Dimas Water Supply Pump, located along the service road.
The caretaker, Percy Conklin, and his daughter, Evelyn, established
the beginning of the present-day Nature Center. Both were naturalists
and specialized in plants, minerals and rocks.