Location: West Coyote Hills
Year Acquired: 1983
Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve is named for a past Fullerton mayor who worked to keep a part of the West Coyote Hills (510 acres) in a natural state.
Key plants: coyote brush, southern willow scrub, coast prickly pear, California sagebrush, purple phacelia, yellow sun cups, and orange monkeyflowers.
Key birds: California gnatcatcher, coastal cactus wren, Towhees, and California quail. The hills are a stopover on the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds, and a wintering ground for hawks and harriers.
Nora Kuttner Trail users can get a 360-degree view of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountain ranges, downtown Los Angeles, and Catalina.