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Los Angeles Area Nature Link List

Nature Organizations

Ballona Creek As Ballona Creek wends its way through Culver City and Playa del Rey, you will find numerous wildlife and wetland treasures.

California Department of Parks and RecreationTake day-trips to some of the most amazing nature in the world, right here in LA!

California League of Conservation VotersIf you want to help preserve habitat and's a way to pitch in.

California State Park Rangers AssociationWilderness -- plants and animals -- are protected by a dedicated team.

California Park and Recreation SocietyHere's how you can help preserve and enjoy our open lands, wild skies and colorful heritage.

Annual Earth Day One day a tell you about the world that works for us all year round...fresh water, clean air, food...shelter. Yes!

Environment Now Creating measurably effective environmental programs to protect and restore California's environment.

Friends of Baldwin Hills For residents of Baldwin Hills, Baldwin Vista, Blair Hills, Culver City, Culver Crest, Crenshaw, Fox Hills, Hyde Park, Inglewood, Jefferson Park, Ladera, Leimert Park, View Park, West Adams, Westchester and Windsor Hills.

National Park ServiceExplore the many national parks in Southern California...paradise within arms reach.

Reserve America-Camping Reservations
Sierra Club
State Parks Foundation
Whole Access-"working to increase opportunities for people of all abilities"

The Audubon Society To conserve birds and their habitats.

California Native Plant Society A statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California’s native plants.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Collection, cultivation, study and display of native California plants. The mission of the garden is to make significant contributions to the appreciation, enjoyment, conservation, understanding and thoughtful utilization of our natural heritage."

Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy A wilderness reserve located in the coastal foothills of southern California to protect the land and provide opportunities for environmental education, biological research and recreation, all consistent with natural resource conservation.

Orange County Wildlands A coalition of wildlands land managers to proactively develop and implement a cohesive strategy to preserve, protect, and enhance wildland forest, park, and reserve resources, from the mountains to the Pacific.

Theodore Payne Foundation Encourages Californians to grow native plants for beauty and low water needs and to learn about natural California. Feature: Wildflower hotline.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Sixty-five acres of paths meander through an unrivaled collection of California flora.

San Fernando Valley Audubon Society A clearinghouse for information about birding and other Audubon programs in Southern California.

Cal Flora A botanical resource for California natives on the internet, with a database of 8,363 vascular plants.

San Diego Natural History Museum Interprets the natural world and promotes understanding and respect of the evolution and diversity of Southern California and the peninsula of Baja California.

San Dieguito River Park The agency responsible for creating a natural open space park in the San Dieguito River Valley. The park will someday extend from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, the source, just north of Julian. It was empowered to acquire, plan, design, improve, operate and maintain the San Dieguito River Park.

Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden Collection, growth, display, and preservation of the native plants of California, the Regional Parks Botanic Garden is a sanctuary for hundreds of California’s rare and endangered plants.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF) The nation’s largest member-supported conservation group, uniting individuals, organizations, businesses and government to protect wildlife, wild places and the environment in order to achieve a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future.

The Nature Conservancy of California A private, non-profit organization and a branch of the world’s leading conservation group.

California State Parks The Department of Parks and Recreation manages 265 park units. "These treasures are as diverse as California: from the last strands of primeval redwood forests to vast expanses of fragile desert; from the lofty Sierra Nevada to the broad sandy beaches of our southern coast…"

California State Parks Foundation Dedicated to protecting and enhancing the rich natural, cultural and historic resources found within California’s 265 state parks.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Interpretive displays of living animals and plants native to the Sonoran Desert in their natural desert settings.

County of Orange, Harbors Beaches and Parks One of the county’s largest landowners invites you to discover the natural and cultural heritage of this unique and diverse area through the use of your park and recreation facilities.

California Oak Foundation Protects and perpetuates native oak woodlands.

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center Educating people about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of native plants.


Baldwin Hills Conservancy
California Tahoe Conservancy
Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy
San Gabriel & Lower Los Angeles Rivers & Mountains Conservancy
San Joaquin River Conservancy
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
State Coastal Conservancy

City Governments

Culver City
Los Angeles
Santa Monica

For more articles about California Nature

California Beach Communities
Common Native Plants of Southern California Uplands
Natural Los Angeles Resources
Common Native Wildlife of Southern California
Common Native Birds of Southern California
Attracting California birds with native plants
Los Angeles Urban Forest
There's a Park Near You in Los Angeles
News about the SoCal Environment
Least Terns Preserve on the LA Beach
Visiting California Beach Communities - An Overview
Los Angeles Area Nature Link List