School Programs

About Our Programs

 

Chino Hills

“Thank you for providing this to our students! Fantastic Trip.” - Fourth grade teacher

DC School Program

Our programs at Chino Hills State Park all aim to give students a better understanding of the natural and cultural history of the park and how it relates to their lives now and in the future. Our natural history programs cover topics from biodiversity to the hidden geology underfoot while our cultural history programs focus on the most active period of ranching in the park from the 1920s through the 1980s.Bobcat

Come explore these topics with us through a variety of programs designed specifically for K-12 students to engage with the park. Our programs are all designed to correlate with NGSS and HSS content standards for the designated grade level of that program. Our virtual learning programs are adaptable to any grade level.

 


All Grade Student Centered Learning Program

Seeing Nature Through Journaling 

Our student-centered journaling program introduces students to the process of nature journaling. This field trip opportunity gives students the opportunity to make their own connections and experience the park at the level they want to. Students begin by making nature journals and learning how to set up a nature journal. They then are given time to journal on their own before getting in groups and analyzing their journals. last students will end the trip with a fun game enhancing their understanding of making sensory observations.

NEW! All Grade Watershed Program

Santa Ana River Watershed Journey

Our Santa Ana River Watershed Journey program gives students the opportunity to explore a part of Chino Hills State Park that is not easily accessible to the public. This one and a half hour program involves a half hour hike while identifying plant and animal species in the park and a chance to become a raindrop and travel the watershed from a cloud above the park, through the Santa Ana River, and out into the ocean. Restrooms are not available at this program site and limited water will be available. Please plan accordingly if you sign up for this program. Strict limit of one class/bus per program due to limited parking.

 

3rd Grade History Program

Exploring Our Ranching Past 

Our ranching history program tells the story of our park from the 1920s through 1980s through the historic structures we still see standing today in our Rolling M. Ranch Historic District. This field trip  gives students the opportunity to hear what life was like for a cattle ranch manager through imagining a day in the life of Richard Reed – a former ranch manager and students will get to take part in a hands on activity they get to take home with them at the end of the trip.

4th Grade Environmental Program

Discovering Biodiversity 

Our biodiversity program sets out to answer the question: ”How do we identify and protect biodiversity at Chino Hills State Park?” This field trip opportunity gives students a hands on look at the habitats of the park and their inhabitants through a tour of our visitor center exhibits, a biodiversity count on our nature trail, and a hands on activity they get to take home with them at the end of the trip.

NEW!! 5th Grade Environmental Planning Program

Investigating Urban Interfaces 

Our Investigating Urban Interfaces program gives students the opportunity to explore a part of Chino Hills State Park that is not easily accessible to the public. This two-hour program involves a one hour hike while identifying plant and animal species in the park and a chance to take engineering & design into their own hands by plotting points of conflict between community planning and natural areas while mapping out the ideal location for a wildlife crossing. Restrooms are not available at this program site and limited water will be available. Please plan accordingly if you plan to sign up for this program. Strict limit of one class/bus per program due to limited parking.

Homeschools

Due to current limitations on our school programs, homeschool group requests will not be accepted. For other homeschool programs please visit the California State Parks virtual PORTScast page here: https://www.ports-ca.us/home/Home-learning-programs or contact our educator directly.

 

 

Program reservation link will be made available when programs are uploaded to our reservation platform. 
No programs will be scheduled before the online scheduler goes live.

Any questions about programs can be directed to the Park Interpreter, Ian Bernstein:

ian.bernstein@parks.ca.gov