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Experience Your State Park

The Topanga Canyon Docents is a nonprofit, public benefit group of volunteers who dedicate themselves to the protection and preservation of the environment.
We provide immersive guidance and environmental education in Topanga State Park, part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the world’s largest urban wildland.

TCD Mission Statement

Topanga Canyon Docents was formed in 1981, shortly after the creation of Topanga State Park, for the purpose of introducing the public to the natural wonders of the Santa Monica Mountains. Docents are trained volunteers who lead interpretative nature walks for both the general public and for school children in Topanga State Park and other locations in the Santa Monica Mountains. The goal of their work is to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the natural environment, to develop a concern for the preservation of wildlands, and for responsible stewardship of the earth.

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Educational Walks

Interpretive walks and educational resources for all ages including school walks and public walks on weekends


Community Education

Dedicated to building community knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural environment


New Docent Training

Enhancing our docent community through training and State Park Volunteer certification

Contact TCD

Come visit us when the Trippet Ranch Nature Center is open or just enjoy a hike in the park!

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