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Teacher Quotes:

  "I'd like to point out the tremendous opportunity the PORTS Program provides to meet the (Common Core) Speaking and Listening Standards.  Preparing the students to ask "meaty" questions of the ranger was a core element of achieving the best results possible.  The online resources were a significant help in giving my students enough background information to spark a firestorm of new ideas and relevant questions. Ranger Phil was outstanding in his presentation.  He seamlessly provided artifacts and connections to every child's question.  It was as if we had rehearsed the event together.  As we do follow up activities in class, we will be meeting even more Speaking and Listening standards. I can't wait to do this again!"

Catherine P. -
Carroll Elementary

A Gift From the People to the People




PORTS is a free distance learning program that uses the power of interactive videoconferencing to help K-12 schools teach common core state standards in the context of California State Parks.

PORTS Programs include:

Fully developed units of study to prepare and assess learning.
 Live, interactive videoconference presentations on science, history, language arts and other academic topics.

PORTS bridges the socio-economic gap in California's educational system by providing meaningful interactions - regardless of race, economic status or location.

Annual Report

In 2013/2014 PORTS reached over thirty-eight thousand students in K-12 communities across California, marking the tenth year of programs and over a quarter of a million students served overall.  Many of the students are in low-income and diverse urban communities, and in rural California.  These contacts have helped increase student achievement and created a better awareness of, and links to, park values. Read more in the 2013-2014 Annual Report

FEATURED PORTS PROGRAM: North Coast Redwoods Salmon Lifecycle and Redwood Ecology

The North Coast Redwoods state parks, famous for the world's tallest trees and an incredible variety of wildlife, is often unvisited by many Californians. Come explore this unique region with one of our two terrific programs: Redwoods Ecology and Salmon Lifecycle.  We look forward to sharing our natural wonders and conservation efforts with you soon!

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