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Field Trips and Outdoor Education Programs

Environmental Education

Outdoor Education for Grades K-12

These programs are an excellent way for students to enhance classroom learning, gain experience in the field, and develop a greater appreciation of the natural world. No pre-site preparation or post-site follow-up is required. Each program has a number of rotations where learning is reinforced through a hands-on paperless experience. Depending on the site, these programs feature the following activities:

  • Marine Science at Malibu Lagoon State Park: plankton, native fish, marine birds, water quality, beach ecology
  • Native American Culture at Topanga State Park: song circle, chaparral hike, acorn grinding, artifacts, rock art, stick dice
  • Freshwater Ecology at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve: introduction to habitat, plankton, birding, water quality

Click here for more information on each Outdoor Education Program.

Click here to see a blog highlighting student responses to our field trips.

Service Learning Programs

Advanced Programs Grades 3-12

These advanced programs offer students a unique opportunity to engage in science research and environmental monitoring. Pre-site preparation and post-site follow-up are necessary to the experience of connecting students more deeply to the subject matter at hand. The field experience is especially hands-on where students will work with special equipment and learn to take and record data. These programs may feature any of the following activities:

  • Oak woodland restoration
  • Invasive species management
  • Bird surveys
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Endangered fish studies
  • Habitat monitoring

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