Curriculum Materials

The Santa Monica Mountains offers free curriculum-based programs and materials. Ranger-led programs are offered to students in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Programs are held from November through June. For schools in our service area, free transportation may be available. The National Park Legacy program and other curriculum materials are available to schools by request.

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  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

    National Park Legacy- Discoverers Grades 1-2

    National Park Legacy- Discoverers Grades 1-2

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Discoverers is designed for first and second graders so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, drawing and presenting activities. Activities focus on comparing and contrasting the types of environments found in National Parks including desert, lake, mountain, seashore and Arctic.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    First Grade - Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    National/State Standards:
    California Benchmarks for social studies, geography, United States History and language arts.
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

    National Park Legacy – Seekers (Grades 6 - 8)

    National Park Legacy – Seekers (Grades 6 - 8)

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Seekers is designed for sixth through eighth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on why places are preserved as national park units and finding information by using maps.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    National/State Standards:
    California Benchmarks for social studies, geography, geology, school to career, United States History and language arts.
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

    National Park Legacy - Explorers (Grade 3)

    National Park Legacy - Explorers (Grade 3)

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Explorers is designed for third graders so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, drawing and presenting activities. Activities focus on comparing and contrasting the types of environments found in National Parks including desert, lake, mountain, seashore and Arctic.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Third Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    National/State Standards:
    California Benchmarks for social studies, geography, United States History and language arts.
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

    National Park Legacy – Adventurers (Grades 4 - 5)

    National Park Legacy – Adventurers (Grades 4 - 5)

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Adventurers is designed for fourth and fifth graders so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, drawing and presenting activities. Activities focus on geographic contrast and finding information by using maps.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    National/State Standards:
    California Benchmarks for social studies, geography, United States History and language arts.
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

    National Park Labs: Studies of Wildland Fire Ecology

    National Park Labs: Studies of Wildland Fire Ecology

    The National Park Labs: Studies of Wildland Fire Ecology curriculum provides high school students with the opportunity to study wildland fire ecology, and to build an understanding and appreciation for the natural resources of the Santa Monica Mountains. Teachers may also schedule a free Wildland Fire Ecology field trip in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Chemistry, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Fire Ecology, Public Policy
    National/State Standards:
    California State Standards Grades 9-12: Chemistry, Biology/Life Science, Investigation and Experimentation, AP Environmental Science