Placerita is an east-west running canyon featuring cool, shaded oak groves, a willow and sycamore-lined seasonal stream and numerous other interesting plant and animal communities. Docent Naturalists (18+) lead hikes for elementary school groups. Training for this program is done once a year in January through March.
A network of self-guiding nature, history and hiking trails radiates out into the park from the Center, with longer hikes leading to a seasonal waterfall and to the top of the Santa Clarita Divide. Picnicking is available near the Nature Center.The park encompasses oak woodland, chaparral, and riparian plant communities on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains southeast of the City of Santa Clarita. The park not only serves to concerve a slice of the wild environment but also endeavors to educate the public on the value of undisturbed flora and fauna through wild animal presentations. Nature hikes, and self-guided educational trails.