Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area provides opportunities for students in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties to connect with their local national park and green spaces. Through free curriculum base programming and field trip transportation provided via grants, we have been able to address accessibility issues that otherwise could prevent students and educators from accessing and connecting with their public lands.

We offer educators a variety of curriculum-based programming both virtual and in-person field trips. These include the following:

In-Person Programs

The Chumash: A Changing People, A Changing Land

The Chumash: A Changing People, A Changing Land

Address: 4121 Potrero Rd., Newbury Park, CA 91320

Join rangers at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa where they will learn about the connections local native people, the Chumash, to Satwiwa and how biologic diversity has shaped the land. Students will explore Chumash heritage through a guided hike and hands-on activities.

*Offered Wednesday through Friday

From the Mountains to the City

From the Mountains to the CityAddress: Audubon Center at Debs Park - 4700 Griffin Ave LA, CA 90031

Join Rangers at the Audubon Center at Debs Park, a natural jewel in the heart of Los Angeles. Students will have the opportunity to explore the ecosystems found at the Audubon Center at Debs Park.

*Offered Fridays

Virtual Programs

Adaptations in the Wild

Adaptations in the WildJoin a ranger on a virtual field trip to the Santa Monica Mountains and experience the transition from an open grassland to an oak woodland. Students will see up close how plants adapt in different habitats and how animals are interwoven into the habitats.

*Offered virtually Wednesday through Friday





Creature Feature

Creature Feature ImageJoin our park rangers virtually as they take a closer look at a couple of our nature neighbors. Students will follow along with an interactive video examining themes of anatomy, cultural connections, migrations, and ways to aid our local fauna. Educators will have the choice between a Monarch Butterfly or a Puma program to be presented to your students.

*Offered virtually Tuesdays and Thursdays.




Curriculum Applied:

Next Generation Science Standards

4-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

4-LS1-2. Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.

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