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ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS

Neptune Temple
Explore the art and architecture of the ancient Greeks and Romans through the art and artifacts of Hearst Castle (6th grade)

 Ancient Civilizations Unit of Study


COASTAL RESOURCE PROTECTION - COMING SOON!

Soon students can explore the giant kelp forest at Point Lobos Natural Reserve and learn how Marine Protected Areas are being used to help protect them.

For now, you can check out the following units of study which are already discussing Marine Protected Areas.
Elephant Seals
Tidepool Ecology
Salmon Lifecycle
Science of Habitat Restoration and Protection

You will find all of the Marine Protected Areas online modules here.

 Coastal Resource Protection Unit of Study


 

DESERT STORIES TODAY AND YESTERDAY

Badlands
Explore Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to discover its stories of change, preservation, extinction and protection. (4th and 6th grade)

 Desert Stories Unit of Study


ELEPHANT SEALS

Elephant Seal Students are introduced to the evolutionary history and adaptations of the northern elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Reserve. (7th grade)

 Elephant Seals Unit of Study
 Marine Protected Area--Ano Nuevo SMCA Online Module


GOLD RUSH

Gold Rush
Learn about the California Gold Rush from Columbia State Historic Park. (4th grade)

 Gold Rush Unit of Study


IMMIGRATION

Angel Island Imange
Explore the topic of immigration through the stories and lives of those who came through the US Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park.

 Immigration Unit of Study


MONARCH BUTTERFLY LIFECYCLE AND MIGRATION

Monarch ButterflyExplore the mystery of Monarch butterfly lifecycle and Migration from Natural Bridges State Park. (Kindergarten - 3rd grade)

Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle and Migration Unit of Study


REDWOOD ECOLOGY

Humboldt Redwoods
Find out about the unique redwood forest ecosystems of Humboldt Redwoods and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks. (6th grade)

 Redwood Ecology Unit of Study


SALMON LIFECYCLE

Salmon
Students are introduced to the life cycle of salmon and the importance of watersheds for their survival at Del Norte Redwoods State Park (3rd, 6th grade)

 Salmon Lifecycle
 Marine Protected Area--Pyramid Point SMCA Online Module


SCIENCE OF HABITAT PROTECTION AND RESTORATION

Moro CanyonStudents discover how human impacts degrade some of California's native ecosystems and habitats while getting a first-hand look at the work California State Parks has done to restore the coastal sage scrub habitat at Crystal Cove State Park. (6th-8th Grade)

 Science of Habitat Protection and Restoration Unit of Study
 Marine Protected Area--Crystal Cove SMCA Online Module


STATE GOVERNMENT

Capital image
Engage students in researching information about their state representatives, the law-making process, and how they, as citizens, have a voice in government. (8th (adaptable for other grades)
 
 State Government Units of Study


TIDE POOLS

Tide Pool
Experience life at the ocean's edge and find out why life in the tide pools is no day at the beach. (4th, 5th grade) new test

 Tide pools Units of Study
 Marine Protected Area--Crystal Cove SMCA Online Module


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

BHSO Rainbow image
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a great place to observe weather. Students will learn about weather, climate and the story of this unique park in Los Angeles. (5th grade)

 Weather and Climate Unit of Study


WHAT IS A MAMMAL?

RaccoonExplore how mammals are different from other animals by learning unique features of mammals and comparing them to reptiles, insects and others. (Kindergarten-2nd grade)

 What is a Mammal? Unit of Study


OTHER PROGRAMS

Special Requests
Check out what else we have to offer!
(K-12th grade)

 Other Programs