| Augustus F. Hawkins Natural Park
Located at the corner of Compton and Slauson Avenues in South
Los Angeles, the 8.5-acre park provides a serene natural environment.
Native plant communities, oak trees, rolling hills, and a running
stream let you forget that you are in the urban core of the city.
The elegant, Craftsman style Evan Frankel Discovery Center houses
interpretive displays about nature and natural resources issues,
as well as a meeting and community room.
Address: 5790 Compton Avenue, Los Angeles
| Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space
Preserve (formerly Ahmanson Ranch)
In the Simi Hills in Ventura County nestled at the western edge
of the San Fernando Valley. The huge oak studded parkland is part
of a critical ecological linkage and wildlife corridor between
the Santa Monica Mountains and the ranges to the north. Now under
the Conservancy’s permanent protection are diverse habitats and
endangered species such as the California red-legged frog.
At present, the only access to the property is at the Upper Las
Virgenes Canyon Trailhead and through trails headed east on the
National Park Service land at Cheesebro Canyon.
| Ramirez Canyon Park
Within the site’s boundary lie both an exquisitely beautiful designed
landscape and a rich coastal wilderness. Meadows, lushly planted
flower beds, intimate sitting areas, and picturesque bridges create
a story book effect.
Barbra Streisand donated this 22.5 acre estate to the Santa Monica
Mountains Conservancy in December 1993. The Conservancy maintains
its executive offices at Ramirez Canyon Park.
| Other Parks
For charming rustic settings amidst breathtaking mountains:
For sweeping vistas that make the perfect backdrop for a dramatic
- Grifftith Park and Horse Riding Stables
- Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades
- Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon in Santa Clarita
- Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills
- San Vicente Mountain Park
- Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park
For more info, visit:
- Los Angeles River
- Elysian Valley Gateway Park
- Los Angeles River Center and GardensRiver Garden Park
- Great Heron Gates at Rattlesnake Park
- Oso Park
- Steelhead Park
- Egret Park
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