• 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?

The city of Los Angeles can be seen from many scenic view points in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Comprising 153,075 acres, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the world's largest urban national park. It has more area codes (5) and zip codes (26), including the notable 90210 zip code of Beverly Hills, than any other unit in the National Park System.