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Advanced Outdoor Field Programs

Outdoor science research and environmental monitoring field programs connect students to nature reserves and wilderness areas throughout Los Angeles. Click here for a Printable Brochure describing each program we offer.

Programs engage students in:

  • Collecting real scientific data
  • Common Core, NGS, and AP Environmental Science StandardsField Notes
  • Placed based ecology, focused on connections between Santa Monica Mountain ecosystems to the global environment

Programs are:

  • Available at 5 locations
  • Focused on 11 research projects, but are flexible in format and can be suited to fulfil class requirements
  • Open to K-12 grades, AP classes, as well as adult learners.

Handouts detailing the field study element of your choice, including background information  and data sheets are provided to teachers and students beforehand so that they can be prepared for the field event. Each program is approximately 2-4 hours and includes an overall introduction to field/conservation biology, completion of one or two research elements, and a brief discussion of the results.  If there is a specific area of study that interests you, which is not described, please let us know; we are happy to accommodate your needs.

Program fees vary by location and number of students, but can be estimated between $10.00 and $35.00 per student. Please email the Field Notes Program Supervisor or call 818-597-8627 x106 for program fee inquiries.
Schools are responsible for transporting students and chaperones to and from the study sites.  There is bus and car parking available at all sites.
Students will be working in the field. There are not always restrooms immediately available. We recommend students wear long pants and must wear closed toed shoes that can get wet, like a pair of old sneakers. They will need to have hands free to carry field equipment and data sheets, so water, lotions, snacks, lunch, etc. should be in backpacks. Malibu Lagoon students may get sandy and wet, so a change of clothes is recommended.