Environmental Living and Environmental Studies Programs

Sutter's Fort ELP activity
Environmental Living Programs (ELPs) provide children overnight park experiences that explore the interaction between people and their environment. Immersed for a brief time in the past, students learn from their own experiences about earlier cultures and lifestyles. Environmental Studies Programs (ESPs) have similar goals to ELPs but are organized without the overnight stay. Both are equally structured to provide the most informative experience in the allotted time, focusing on the unit’s interpretive themes, and are coordinated with concepts taught in the classroom (they differ from standard tours and programs in their in-depth nature, their length, and their immersion of the children in the subject matter being discussed). Programs incorporate demonstrations, hands-on activities, and follow-up student assignments.

The following parks provide ELPs and/or ESPs:

Angel Island State Park (SP): ELP
415-435-3161
http://angelisland.org/history/angel-island-state-park-living-history-program/

Fort Ross State Historic Park (SHP): ELP, ESP
707-847-4777
http://www.fortrossstatepark.org/

Fort Tejon SHP: ELP
661-248-7001

Ide Adobe SHP: ESP
530-529-8599

Malakoff Diggins SHP: ELP
530-265-2740
http://www.malakoffdigginsstatepark.org/

Marshall Gold Discovery SHP: ESP
530-622-3069

Petaluma Adobe SHP: ELP
707-762-4871
http://www.petalumaadobe.com/

Shasta SHP: ESP
530-225-2065

Sonoma SHP: ESP
(Information and reservations through Petaluma Adobe SHP)
707-762-4871

Sutter's Fort SHP: ELP
916-323-8112

Tomales Bay SP: ELP
415-898-4362

Wilder Ranch SHP: ESP
831-426-0505