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Sooky Goldman Nature Center

2600 Franklin Canyon Drive

The William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom (WODOC) was formed in order to connect inner city youth with California’s natural resources. WODOC and the Sooky Goldman Nature Center are located in Franklin Canyon Park, surrounded by 605 acres of natural open space, which includes a three-acre wildlife pond, chaparral covered slopes and shady grassland meadows. Franklin Canyon Park serves over 10,000 Los Angeles Unified School District children yearly. The Park is jointly managed by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy through the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the National Park Service, Department of Water and Power, City of Los Angeles, and the City of Beverly Hills.

Stop by the Sooky Goldman Nature Center and discover and explore the unique natural and cultural history of Franklin Canyon Park. If you have time, attend one of our regular volunteer-led programs. WODOC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. All of the education programs are free of charge.


Amanda Morse

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Franklin canyon is one of my favorite escapes within Los Angeles. The grounds and trails are very well taken care of and it's never crowded. The drive up to the canyon can be tricky but once you get there it's a dream. The lake is gorgeous and there tons of pups out and about to pet and love over. There are tons of trails and I'm sure even more I dont know about. If you love hiking, nature and fresh air this is a must. Especially if you live in the LA area.

Steve Gabel

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Franklin Canyon is the home of the William O Douglas Outdoor Classroom. There are a lot of school groups that visit the canyon to take nature walks or nature hikes. It's a great place to picnic; no camping fires or barbecue fires allowed. The park is usually open at 7 a.m. They also offer a number of nature hikes.

David Alessi

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Way too much traffic. At rush hour it is like a freeway. On weekends, it is beautiful and good place to hike


Friday, June 22, 2018
Beautiful getaway in your own back yard feels like you're in the middle of an alpine wilderness. Couple of pounds and beautiful trails to view all the wildlife in the area. Great for kids

Styl├ęs Akira

Monday, July 30, 2018
This place is quiet and serene with excellent views and scenic trailways full of beautiful wildlife (ducks, turtles, squirrels, lizards, insects). Its a sweet taste of nature in the middle of Los Angeles. Be careful on the mountain-side drive to the top. Can ce dusty at times but that comea with the territory.

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