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Stough Canyon Nature Center

  • Birthday parties, groups and indoor reservations are currently suspended until further notice. 
  • Fitness Hikes are cancelled for the remainder of 2021.
  • October Family Hike is cancelled.
  • November Story Owl Hour will fall on November 18th due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Story Owl Hour

The Stough Canyon Nature Center and the Burbank Public Library are partnering up to read a story and do an activity with a new theme each month! Join us, owl bet it’ll be a hoot! 

Cougar Workshop

Presentation by Korinna Domingo, National Wildlife Federation Urban Wildlife Program Manager and Founder & Director of the Cougar Conservancy. Ms. Domingo is a wildlife biologist and science communicator. 

Hike With Us

The Nature Center staff led and docent led hikes are back and free! Visit burbankparks.com to check them out and sign up!
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Stough Canyon Nature Center - Description

Nestled in the Verdugo Mountains, the Stough Canyon Nature Center provides opportunities to learn more about the Verdugo Mountains, wildlife, flora, fauna, and habitat through planned activities, exhibits, and nature hikes.

The Stough Canyon Nature Center offers a variety of educational activities including astronomy, nature programs and activities, nature hikes, workshops, seasonal day camps, and volunteer docent programs. 

The Nature Center is also available for rent for meetings, field trips, and birthday parties.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Face masks are required at all times for anyone ages 2 and above.
  • Practice social distancing (6ft) at all times.
  • No eating or drinking in the facility.
  • Sanitize hands upon arrival. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility. Soap is available in outdoor restrooms.
  • Do not enter facility if you are not feeling well with any respitory illness symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, etc.). 
Covid-19 Updates & Resources
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Learn more about the 2021 nature summer camp that the City of Burbank Parks & Recreation offers!
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Check back for information on special events for the entire family!
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Hiking & Trails

Beginning at the top of Walnut Avenue, near the Nature Center, the fire road leads to the Verdugo Mountain Way Trail.  The Verdugo Mountain Way is an extensive trail system which extends from the Sun Valley area, south to Brand Park in Glendale, and northeast to Tujunga and La Crescenta.  Hiking and mountain biking are permitted on the fire roads.  The smaller trails are for hiking only.

Trails are open from sunrise to sunset, but please note that the trails may be closed and hikes may be cancelled at any time due to hazardous conditions as a result of inclement weather including, fire, excessive wind, rainstorms, heat, etc.  Signage will be posted at the trail head.  Please do not enter the trail area if closed signs are posted.

RESOURCES

The Stough Canyon Nature Center offers various docent-led or staff led hikes each month.  Hike length and difficulty will vary.  Hikers should bring water and wear sunscreen, appropriate clothing and shoes.  Adults must accompany children under 12 years of age.  Strollers are not recommended on hikes. Sign up on burbankparks.com.
 

FITNESS HIKES

Tuesdays | 6:30 p.m. | Moderate | Meet at Stough Canyon Trail Head

Get in shape on these staff-led fitness hikes.  Go at your own pace (moderate or difficult) and enjoy a breathtaking view of the San Fernando Valley.


MOONLIGHT HIKE

Monthly from January - October | Time Varies | Easy | Meet at Stough Canyon Trail Head

Enjoy a short staff led hike to "The View" and check out a great view of the moon! Call to confirm start time. 
 

FAMILY HIKE

Second Sunday of each month | Meet at Stough Canyon Trail Head

Enjoy a short staff led hike with your family. Call to confirm start time. 


WILD CREATURES WALK

Last Sunday of each month | 11:30 a.m. | Meet at Stough Canyon Trail Head

Learn about the insects, reptiles, and wildlife in the area of the Verdugo Mountains.

Programs & Activities

VOLUNTEER DOCENT PROGRAM

Adult docents and youth docents assist with nature hikes, field trip groups, office work, trail maintenance, and special events.  All new volunteers are required to attend basic training sessions.  Volunteers who wish to assist or lead hikes and workshops are required to attend additional training sessions.  Most classes are held at the Nature Center and are approximately 1 to 1½ hours long.  Learn about the flora and fauna and wildlife in the area, ecological concepts, natural history and interpretive skills.  Docents will also help with Nature Center displays and trail maintenance. Youth docents can earn service credit for school by participating in the docent program. The Youth Docent and Adult Docent Program require a $25 annual fee.  

For more information on becoming a docent, please contact the Nature Center.

STORY OWL HOUR

Last Thursday of each month | 9:30 a.m. | Ages 2-5 (one adult per child)

Starting September 2021 the Stough Canyon Nature Center and the Burbank Public Library are partnering up to read a story and do an activity with a new theme each month! Join us, owl bet it’ll be a hoot! 

WOODCARVING WORKSHOP

Woodcarvers of all skill levels are invited to join this fun and creative class.  The primarily one-on-one instruction will be provided by the Smoky Hollow Carvers.

Date: Meets every Wednesday

Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Cost: No registration fee.  Optional materials list and fee available upon request.

RECREATION CLASSES

The Stough Canyon Nature Center plays host to a number of classes offered through the Parks & Recreation Department. Visit burbankparks.com to explore the opportunities offered in the Burbank Recreation Guide.

Birthday Parties & Room Rentals


Go! Party

Take a walk on the wild side and celebrate your special day at the Stough Canyon Nature Center. Parties include hiking and nature themed activities that are sure to make your party animals roar! Go! Parties are suggested for ages 5-10. Max capacity is 50 people.

 

Package Includes:

  • 2 experienced Burbank Parks and Recreation staff

  • 3 hour room reservation

  • 1.5 hours of organized nature themed activities, including a hike 

  • Souvenir for guest of honor

  • Printable Party Invitations

Cost:

  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $30 
  • Residents: $300 for 20 children
  • Non-Residents: $350 for 20 children
  • ​​​Each additional child is $8
  • Refundable Deposit: $50 for residents, $100 for non-residents

To request a date for a birthday party visit burbankparks.com.

*Prices are subject to change*

ROOM RENTAL

The Stough Canyon Nature Center classroom and amphitheater are available for rent for meetings or events. Rentals are a minimum of two hours. Max capacity is 50 people for the room and 100 for the amphitheater. 

 

Cost for Room:

  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $30 
  • Resident: $100 for two hours
  • Non-residents: $150 for two hours
  • Refundable Deposit: $50 for residents, $100 for non-resident

  • Each Additional Hour: $50 for residents, $75 for non-residents
Cost for Amphitheater:
  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $30 
  • Residents: $60 for two hours
  • Non-residents: $ 80 for two hours
  • Refundable Deposit: $50 for residents, $100 for non-residents 

  • Each Additional Hour: $15 for residents, $20 for non-residents 

Cost for Room with Amphitheater:

  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $30 
  • Residents: $130 for two hours
  • Non-residents: $ 190 for two hours
  • Refundable Deposit: $50 for residents, $100 for non-residents 

  • Each Additional Hour: $65 for residents, $95 for non-residents 

To request a date for a room rental visit burbankparks.com.

*Prices are subject to change*

Locations
Stough Canyon Nature Center
2300 Walnut Avenue 
Burbank, CA 91501
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(818) 238-5440

FACILITY HOURS
Stough Canyon Trail Head
2300 Walnut Avenue 
Burbank, CA 91501
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Wildwood Trail Head
1701 Wildwood Canyon Road Burbank, CA 91501
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