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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Plan A Field Trip

A ranger gives students a thumbs up as they share with him all the cool things they learned in the park.

Teachers! Students! Rangers! Oh my! Looking for a new way to teach curriculum, meet State of California standards, and get your students out into the field? Then plan a field trip to the Santa Monica Mountains.

Ranger-led education programs are offered throughout the school year at various of park sites in the mountains.

Programs are booked on a first-come first-serve basis.



These programs specifically target the education curriculum designated for the State of California.

A ranger leads a group of students on a hike to explore the park.

They are:

- The Chumash: A Changing Land, A Changing People - Grade 3-4

- Next Generation Stewards - Grade 6-8

- Ecohelpers - Grade 9-12

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is one of the best examples of a Mediterranean-type ecosystem in the world. Using our parks as classrooms, we can better understand our environment, history and sense of place.

Did You Know?

Backbone trail hikes lead to views of mountains, canyons, and the Pacific Ocean.

Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.