Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Adaptations and Habitats


Fall 2021 Virtual Field Trip Form!


Although the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is surrounded by a complex system of roads, freeways and communities, it is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. Join a ranger to learn how the plants and animals in and around the park adapt to our Mediterranean-type climate and urbanization.


Adaptation in the Wildland- Join a ranger on a hike in 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.

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From Concrete to Greenspace – Join a ranger at a neighborhood park found within Los Angeles, where nature and the city collide. Students will learn about the adaptations of wildlife living in the urban and wildland interface.

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Offered virtually Tuesdays through Fridays.


Content Focus: Adaptations and Habitats.

Our distance learning programs will support the concepts of local habitats and adaptations of animals and plants, exchange of energy flow, and the phenomenon that exist in these settings.

Topics and Essential Questions:

Difference between a biome and ecosystem;

Identification of habitats and what may live there;

Human influence on an environment; and

Adaptations of plants and animals within the urban wildland interface.


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.

If you have any questions about these programs, feel free to contact