Docent & Volunteer Information

Docent Naturalist Training

Docent Naturalists lead hikes for elementary school groups. Training for this program is done once a year in January through March.

The Placerita Canyon Nature Center Associates

The Placerita Canyon Nature Center Associates is a 501c3 non-profit volunteer group that assists the County of Los Angeles in the operation of Placerita Canyon Natural Area. Following is a summary of what we are all about.

Mission Statement: To inspire a passion, awareness and respect for the environment, and to preserve and protect for future generations the history and ecosystem of Placerita Canyon.

We are the volunteer arm of the County-run Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area. We:

  • Host programs
  • Support our collection of local native wild animals
  • Host annual events
  • Invite the community to come to the center, learn about nature, our local history, and take a hike!

Community Outreach: Over the last 5 years, Placerita has opened our trails and programs to over:

  • 70,000 grade school children from throughout L.A. County
  • 450,000 visitors to the park and natural area
  • 77,000 volunteer hours donated by our volunteer organization

Educational Programs: We host on-going educational programs for the community:

  • Pre-school, K and 1st grade introduction to nature
  • 2nd through 6th grade nature program
  • School outreach programs
  • Monthly Bird Walk
  • Monthly Wildflower Walk
  • Weekly Family Nature Hike and Animal Show
  • Monthly Community Nature Education Program