Placerita Canyon Docent Training Starts January 13, 2015
Our annual docent training program begins January 13, 2015. It's a fun, rewarding experience if you like nature and sharing nature with others. Click here for a program flyer.
Walking Meditation Program
Our new Walking Meditation program starts October 16, 2014, at 9AM and will continue on the third Thursday of the month. Click here for more information.
Placerita Canyon Nature Center Museum to be Refurbished
The County Parks Department has contracted with The Delphi Group to redesign and refurbish the existing museum located in the nature center building. The new exhibits will focus on the plant and animal communities found at Placerita Canyon, along with the human history of the canyon. In addition, a new taxidermy exhibit will be constructed in the classroom which will display animals that most visitors to the park seldom see because of the time of day and other factors. The project is expected to be completed by Chrustmas 2014.
Placerita Canyon to Receive Grant Funding to Improve & Develop Trails
With more than $570,000 in combined grant funding by the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and the State of California Habitat Conservation Fund, the Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce two initiatives that will yield immeasurable benefits in the beautiful Placerita Canyon Natural Area. Click here for more info
The Canyon Trail is now Multi-Use, open to hikers, bikers and horses
As of March 9, the Canyon Trail at Placerita Canyon Natural Area is multi-use, meaning it is open to hikers, mountain bikes, and equestrians. Mountain bikers must yield to hikers and equestrians, and hikers must yield to horses. Several "pinch points" have been installed along the trail, which are rock barriers intended to slow down mountain bikes in areas with limited visibility.
Have you observed illegal, rude, or problem behaviors on Placerita Trails?
If you have expererienced or observed problems on Placertia Trails, please take time to fill out and file an incident report (click to get a pdf copy of the form.)
The form can be filled out in the park office, mailed to the park, or emailed to Russ Kimura, Park Superintendant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Leash Law is Being Enforced at Placerita Canyon
Please keep your dogs on leash when visiting Placerita Canyon Natural Area. It is very dangerous to have dogs off leash as rattlesnakes are found frequently at Placerita in the summer and a dog/rattlesnake encounter can result in the death of both animals. Sheriff's deputies are patrolling the trails and citing offenders.
Placerita Canyon Natural Area now features parking for alternative fuel vehicles
Please take advantage of our alternative fuel vehicle parking. There are three spaces available in front of the nature center and two additional spaces in the lower parking area near the bridge. This is preferred parking for vehicles that operate on fuels other than gasoline, such as compressed natural gas (CNG), hydrogen, biodiesel, and electric or hybrid vehicles.