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Richard Lillard Outdoor Classroom

Directions & Trail Map

Located on the Los Angeles County flood plain along the Los Angeles River between Coldwater Canyon and Fulton Avenue in Studio City, the Richard Lillard Outdoor Classroom enhances the natural beauty of the Los Angeles River. This shady walking park, which includes interpretive displays, an outdoor amphitheater, and native riparian landscaping, spans several blocks of the river’s edge.

The Studio City park has long been informally used for dog walking and jogging by the neighborhood surrounding it. The Conservancy improved access to the trails by adding stairs, and improving the pathways. The nonprofit Village Gardeners volunteer to clear vegetation, plant flowers and clean the river bank in the area.

The park is named for Richard Lillard, one of Los Angeles' first great ecologists, who had a strong influence on the creation of the nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles River. Mr. Lillard was the author of Eden in Jeopardy, Man's Prodigal Meddling with his Environment: the Southern California Experience, and helped lead the fight against converting Mulholland Drive into a freeway. He was also one of the first to propose a regional park in the Santa Monica Mountains to permanently preserve open space.


From the 101 Freeway in Studio City, exit at Coldwater Canyon Boulevard. Head south to Valleyheart Drive. Turn Right. Studio City Outdoor Classroom is located between Coldwater Canyon Boulevard and Fulton Avenue on the north side of the street.


Street parking is available on Vallyheart Drive

Address: Valleyheart Drive btwn Coldwater & Fulton, Studio City

Park Features:

September 30 - Summer Programs, King Gillette Ranch
September 30 - Summer Programs, Rocky Peak Park
September 30 - Summer Programs, Ballona Creek Trail and Bike Path
September 30 - Summer Programs, Pico Canyon
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