• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Traveling Trunks


Reserve our free cultural heritage traveling trunks and explore the Tongva & Chumash pre-contact period and 19th century Spanish/Mexican cultures of the Mission and Rancho eras. Teacher-led traveling trunks are designed to compare cultural periods in Southern California and the Santa Monica Mountains. Period reproduction artifacts, activities, lesson plans, reference materials and curriculum guides are included.

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    Struggle and Opportunity: A California Cultural Journey

    Struggle and Opportunity: A California Cultural Journey

    Reserve our free cultural heritage traveling trunks and explore the Tongva & Chumash pre-contact period and 19th century Spanish/Mexican cultures of the mission and rancho era with your 3rd – 5th grade students. Teacher-led traveling trunks are designed to compare cultural periods in Southern California and Santa Monica Mountains’ history. Period reproduction artifacts, activities, lesson plans, reference materials and curriculum guides are included.

Did You Know?

The adult female of this cub died in 2005.

A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.