• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Parks as Classrooms

Field Trips

National Park Service rangers and volunteers conduct free curriculum-based field trips during the school year. All programs are designed to give elementary and high school students an opportunity to hike through the mountains and participate in hands-on learning activities.

Traveling Trunks

Reserve our free cultural heritage traveling trunks and explore the Tongva & Chumash pre-contact period and the 19th century Spanish and Mexican cultures of the Mission and Rancho eras. Traveling trunks are designed to provide 3rd -5th grade teachers with hands-on materials that reflect the history of the Santa Monica Mountains and Southern California.

Curriculum Materials

In an effort to connect the park with the classroom, we provide free 1st - 12th grade lesson plans for teachers. These lesson plans are designed to meet California education standards as well as teach our next generation about their public lands.