Programs in Your Classroom

National Park Service

We invite you and your students to participate in curriculum-based education programs presented in your classroom. These programs are available for school and other organized groups. Unless otherwise noted, they are one hour in length.

There is no charge for these programs. Reservations are required.

Park rangers present programs on a variety of natural and cultural history topics with connections both to the park and to your curriculum. See below for more information on ranger-led programs in your classroom.

 

Ranger-Led Programs in Your Classroom

The programs below are aligned to state and national content standards. Many address California's Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Content standard alignments are available upon request.

Unless otherwise noted, they are one hour in length.

There is no charge for these programs. They are available to schools and other organized groups in Ventura and southern Santa Barbara counties.

Reservations are required. Contact the park education coordinator by phone at 805-658-5735 or by email at Education Coordinator.

The information on this page is also available as a PDF file by clicking on the link below. To view this file, you must have Adobe Reader.

Park Education Programs (PDF)

Grades K-2

Neat Beaks
A fun look at how birds' beaks are adapted for the type of food they eat. Includes a special look at the California brown pelican or the bald eagle. The park is home to the only protected colonies of California brown pelicans on the west coast of the United States, and bald eagles are back after an absence of over fifty years.

Pinniped Fashion Show
Through use of a dress-up activity, discover the amazing adaptations of seals and sea lions. The Channel Islands are home to the world's largest populations of northern elephant seals and California sea lions.

Cool Kelp
Learn about the importance of kelp and seaweed to us and to the animals call kelp forests home. This is a two-part program and includes a directed drawing experience during the second one-hour classroom visit. The most pristine kelp forests in southern California are found around the park's islands.

Grades 3-5

Home Sweet Home
Learn about the components of a habitat while meeting an endemic species, the island fox. Use observations and data to discover how the island fox came close to extinction. The island fox is found only on the Channel Islands and nowhere else in the world. It is the only endemic carnivore in California.

Not a Store in Sight
The Island Chumash were very skillful at using natural resources to meet their everyday needs. Discover these uses and compare them with modern equivalents. Learn about the oldest dated human remains in North America that were found on Santa Rosa Island, one the park's five islands.

Way Cool Whales
Discuss whale characteristics and learn more about the largest park animals. During certain times of year, the waters around the Channel Islands are home to 10 percent of the world's population of blue whales.

Island of the Blue Dolphins
From abalone shells to woven baskets, examine authentic items as you learn about the true story that inspired this beloved, award-winning book.

Grades K-6

A Day in the Life of a Park Ranger
What do park rangers do every day at work? Learn about ranger jobs. This program is of special interest to second grade classes reading Exploring Parks with Ranger Dockett. It can be adapted to many grade levels and for upper grades can include more information on careers and the creation of the National Park Service.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001

Phone:

(805) 658-5730

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