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Expedition L.A.

Expedition L.A.

Spending time outdoors is associated with better mental and physical health, but many parks are not accessible to all Angelenos. Local parks and recreation areas may not be convenient or comfortable spaces for everyone. Sometimes finding the time, figuring out how to get there, and deciding what to do doesn’t come naturally.

Expedition L.A. is a series of programs designed to remove barriers and demystify the natural beauty that surrounds Los Angeles.

By providing various themed hikes and other outdoor-oriented activities, we hope to broaden your horizons inside and out. By the end of this series you will have the tools to feel more comfortable in nature and be empowered to take your place in the care and use of these spaces – protecting them for the next generation to enjoy.

Expedition L.A. is made possible by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.


Events & Activities


California poppies super bloom
May 25, 2024 10:00 AM
Join us for another adventure with Expedition L.A., a free program series bringing you closer to the beautiful nature and State Parks of...


person with arms outstretched in a forest
May 25, 2024 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Join us in the final Expedition LA event and choose your own adventure by visiting the different stations and information tables. Stations...




Available to Los Angeles Public Library card holders, free vehicle day-use entry to over 200 participating state park units operated by State Parks.


Track your Expedition L.A. hike and activity progress by marking the spaces on the printable bingo board!

Please Note:

Wildflower viewing kit available for checkout in Spring 2024.

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