The gardens around the museum display plants that are native and
drought-tolerant. Plants are also selected for their wildlife values.
In 1998, the Huck Finn Summer Academy transformed a former lawn
(which had seen better days) into the Butterfly and Hummingbird
2001, the Chula Vista Garden Club adopted the Nature Center. This
organization received a grant from Shell Oil Company to buy plants
and maintain certain areas of the Nature Center grounds. For their
first project, they selected the Pelican Circle in front of the