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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.

Joseph Vaudreuil

Monday, May 7, 2018
Nice walkable hiking trail up the Discovery trail. Lot of other trials for explore too throughout the area. Walking around the lake is a nice change of pace after a hike and makes for a great picnic spot. Parking is FREE at north and south entrances. BEWARE OF STOP SIGNS!! - Seriously stop and count 5 mississippi.

Kerem Hanci

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
I absolutely love Franklin Canyon Park! There are several moderate hiking trails, a pond where kids can play around and observe ducks, turtles and fish. A bigger pond you can have a lovely stroll or organize a picnic around... We come here several times a week in summer for dinner and a light hike. My daughter learned how to ride a bicycle in this park too. It's very kid and family friendly. Do it!

Marko Cvetkovic

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
This park is a jewel in the heart of the city. Right above Beverly Hill it is fairly hidden from the crowds and you can find peace and quiet time for yourself, hike or read a book or go with friends for a picnic. Great place, can't wait to go back!!


Thursday, March 29, 2018
niec area for the kids to explore and get some exercise. the turtle pond is always full of duck which is kinda cool to just be near nature. there are a few picnic tables to use for a lunch or so. very nice location I love it. kids always have a good time. seen a bobcat, coyote and few other animals there as well.

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