Accessing Nature in Los Angeles


Accessing Nature in Los Angeles

Academic research supports what we have long known: that nature and green spaces benefit human health and wellbeing. We recognize that the ways in which we experience and enjoy nature are as diverse as our communities in Los Angeles. We envision a world in which all people have equitable access to nature, and will continue to advocate for representation and environmental justice.

In the meantime, we encourage you to access all of the green spaces that Los Angeles has to offer, via bus, train, bike, car or by foot. Read more below about the benefits of accessing nature, how legislation is changing in favor of protecting our green spaces, and ways to get out in Los Angeles!

Health benefits of nature:


  • USE Moovit or LA Metro Transit to get outside and find nature spaces near you that are also accessible using public transportation.

  • HIKE the LA Trails: Our friends at LA Nature for All have created a guide for how to get to 12 of LA’s most accessible and beautiful parks, using public transportation.

  • RIDE to Santa Monica Beach via the LA Metro Expo Line

  • STROLL through a MRCA park

  • PLOT your route to Griffith Park:

  • Old Zoo & Shane’s Inspiration (approx 30 mins): Have a picnic on the grass, or walk one of the many trails in this area. From Spring/Cesar E Chavez, catch the 96 bus towards Burbank Station for 25 stops, disembarking at “Griffith Park/Park Ranger Office”. Walk west up the hill toward the Merry Go Round, and follow the path uphill to the Old Zoo.

  • Griffith Park Vermont Entrance (approx 35 mins): Ther