At TreePeople we have the privilege to work in a beautiful natural environment. We are located in 45-acre Coldwater Canyon Park on Mulholland Drive in the Santa Monica Mountains, offering nature trails and experiential education.
Whether you're taking a hike and enjoying the serenity of the trees, picnicking with family or friends, or attending with your school group, we hope you'll be renewed and inspired. Of course, one of the best ways to enjoy our park is as a volunteer.
In the interests of public health, Coldwater Canyon park and its surrounding trails remain closed in an effort to protect visitors and TreePeople staff. We look forward to reopening soon.
Support TreePeople Center for Community Forestry
TreePeople receives no public money for Coldwater Canyon Park. We maintain the park based entirely on donations from people, like you, who love and care about this natural and educational jewel. Your support is necessary to preserve the park for all to enjoy. Consider becoming a Friend of Coldwater Canyon Park. Receive special perks, like free performance tickets, tree dedications, and invitations to park events, such as moonlight hikes, workshops and tours!
Venue Rentals and Film & Photo Shoots
We are not accepting any new event rentals at this time. No other event inquiries will be accepted at this time.
The park is open from 6:30 a.m. to sunset every day of the year.
Responsible pet owners who clean up after their pets are welcome. We enforce the leash law as outlined in LAMC 63.44-B, 2, C.
We encourage you to take your trash with you and recycle it.
When you visit, please admire critters from a distance, leave their habitat undisturbed and do not remove anything from the park. Please stay on the trails to avoid rattlesnakes, ticks and poison oak.
Located at the east end of the W.M. Keck Foundation Nursery and open during all regular park hours.
Coldwater Canyon Park is in a high fire risk area. LAMC 57.23.02 prohibits smoking in the park.
The TreePeople Conference Center
Rated as LEED-Platinum (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), the Conference Center's sustainable features include:
Energy-efficient window glazing
Concrete in roof and floor
Reclaimed lumber for solar shades
Sustainably harvested siding and sheathing
Non-toxic cotton insulation
Recycled structural steel.
LaKretz Urban Watershed Garden
This is a special interactive demonstration area designed to show how water makes its way through the urban environment. It compares side-by-side an unsustainable urban landscape to a sustainable one. People can participate in a hands-on experience to see exactly how simple changes can carry great impact to our city. This display is engaged by more than 10,000 school children who visit us each year.
TreePeople's Parking Grove demonstrates an environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional asphalt and concrete parking lots that blanket much of Los Angeles. It incorporates a number of sustainable features:
Light colored pavement: Asphalt is painted with a light color that reflects heat, cooling the city.
Shade trees: Shade on parked cars can decrease cabin temperatures by 40-50°F and also reduces evaporative hydrocarbon emissions.
Permeable paving: The gravel in TreePeople's parking stalls enables rainwater to soak into the ground. Permeable surfaces like this can help replenish our region's groundwater supplies.
Rainwater harvesting: Our Parking Grove captures and filters rainwater that we store for irrigating our gardens. We sloped the lot to make the water flow into a centralized, gravel trench drain. From there, the water seeps down into pipes that carry it to our huge underground storage tank known as a cistern.
Living in a city with limited rainfall, it is important to capture every drop. To do this, we at TreePeople have installed a huge water tank, called a cistern, that collects rainwater runoff from the Center's rooftop, fire lane, our parking lot and the surrounding landscape. This water is filtered and then used throughout the year to irrigate our landscape on the top level of the park. This circular 216,000 gallon tank, 70 feet in diameter and 8 feet deep, sits underground right in the middle of our facility.
W.M. Keck Foundation Nursery
In support of our restoration projects throughout the region's natural parklands, our nursery grows indigenous plants and trees. The seeds used are collected by our staff from the areas where the plants will eventually be transplanted. We also maintain several varieties of fruit trees that will be used in school and public orchards.
S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre
Dedicated in 1997, this intimate venue hosts Once Upon a Canyon Night which includes theatrical readings, concerts, family & comedy nights. Additionally the venue is home to environmental presentations and classes during the summer. The amphitheatre was made possible through the generosity of the S. Mark Taper Foundation and several individuals, including Johnny Carson, Candice Bergen, Danny DeVito and Rhea Pearlman, Steve Martin and Bonnie Raitt. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 623-4877.
S. Mark Taper Foundation Environmental Learning Center
This classroom space, used for trainings, workshops and Eco-tours, is an environmentally sustainable structure. Rainwater is captured on the roof and directed down a "rain chain" into a gravel collection basin below. It is then directed to our underground cistern and used to irrigate the landscape. The gutter on the front portico allows water to cascade directly down into a river rock swale and percolate into the soil.
Seeking a longer hike? Our headquarters are part of a larger cross-mountain park that encompasses three additional parks, totaling more than 1,000 acres. From our site, you can continue your trek by hiking north to Wilacre Park, east to Fryman Canyon Park or south to Franklin Canyon Park.
Want to help maintain the park? Volunteers are absolutely critical to maintaining our park. Park work days are a fun way to get some exercise, while you help care for our beautiful landscape and keep our trails clear and safe for hiking. Check our calendar to learn about upcoming park work days and volunteer to lend a hand.
The Joyce & Lee Lipkis Garden
The Joyce & Lee Lipkis Garden is a quiet corner of TreePeople Center intended for reflection and inspiration for both park visitors and people participating in conferences and workshops at TreePeople Conference Center. The area includes lovely native plantings, inspiring views of the San Fernando Valley and is the home to the beautiful wood sculpture called "Currents" by the renowned artist Baile Oakes. "Currents" is a gift of the estate of William Alexander, and was lovingly restored to its full luster by Three Elements Studios under the guidance of the artist. Joyce and Lee Lipkis were the parents of Andy Lipkis, TreePeople's founder and president. The garden was made possible by friends and members of the Lipkis family.
You will find our offices not in a regular building, but in a small village of yurts nestled amongst an orchard. The yurt is a modern adaption of the ancient structures still used by Central Asian nomads today.