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Stough Canyon Nature Center

All staff and docent-led hikes are currently suspended until further notice. The facility is open with limited operation hours. Trails remain open, but may close in the event of inclement weather and/or hazardous trail conditions. Follow our instagram @burbank_naturecenter for updates.

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: CLOSED
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday - Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Screening is required upon entering facility.
  • Visitors must sign-in to a Visitor's Log.
  • 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.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well with any respitory illness symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, etc.).
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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.

Face coverings are required for those above 2 years of age at trailheads, parking lots, and destination points along the trail.

Trails are open from dawn to dusk, 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.


The Stough Canyon Nature Center offers various docent-led hikes each month.  Hike length and difficulty will vary.  Hikers should bring water and wear appropriate clothing and shoes.  Adults must accompany children under 10 years of age.  Strollers are not recommended on 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 (easy or moderate) and enjoy a breathtaking view of the San Fernando Valley.


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. Click here to see schedule. (link schedule)


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


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.


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.


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


  • 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.


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:

  • Resident: $180 for two hours

  • Non-residents: $280 for two hours

  • Each Additional Hour: $50 for residents, $75 for non-residents

  • Refundable Deposit: $50 for residents, $100 for non-residents

Cost for Amphitheater:
  • Residents: $60 for two hours

  • Non-residents: $ 80 

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

  • Refundable Deposit: $50 for residents, $100 for non-residents 

    *Available as add on for room rental for $15 an hour, two hour minimum

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

Stough Canyon Nature Center
2300 Walnut Avenue 
Burbank, CA 91501

(818) 238-5440
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