Ranger Kya explains a native tree species to children

Ranger Kya leads a discussion with YMCA youth.

National Park Service

Our national parks are just like our classrooms. Places where people of all ages can learn about biology, ecology, history, geology, anthropology, and more. Students can explore these special places and learn more about their environment with a teacher and a ranger.

During the school year, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area offers a variety of "Parks As Classrooms" programs.

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

Throughout the year, teachers can come out to the park by becoming students themselves during our teacher workshops or spend the Summer participating in the national Teacher to Ranger to Teacher program.