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.


Elaine Perliss

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017

Love this park! Great hiking trails, 2 small ponds/lakes with ducks, koi and turtles galore. Love that it's so close to home, too.... right in the San Fernando Valley. Bring the kids for a great nature experience.

Erica Trittschuh Armitage

Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

Beautiful, tranquil spot with a few trails and a pond. Plenty of parking. Ducks, turtles and fish - be mindful as there's a sign not to feed wildlife.

Sallye Essbery

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

People who visit are nice (mostly) and the people in the ranger station are awesome! Great place for friendly dogs, kids, ducks, turtles, lizards and people. Just make sure you follow the rules of the road, which should go without saying. I love this place!

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Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

A well kept secret in Beverly Hills/ West Hollywood with great views and most important peace and quiet just a few minutes away. Plenty of places to park. Be careful while driving in the park.. there is many areas without guard rails and step cliff's. Not a place to drive at night... but hence why the have fences to keep people out during sunset to sunrise. Enjoy:)


Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

So many productions have been filmed here, even Andy Griffith! It's a great little quaint oasis and a hop/skip from Sunset. Great trails and perfect for a picnic.