Visitor Center Field Trips

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Schools and other organized groups are welcome to schedule a self-guided visit with an optional standards-based ranger program to the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino visitor center. Visits are free of charge, but reservations are required and should be made well in advance, especially for spring programs.

When grant money is available, bus reimbursement may be available for Ventura county 4th grade classes at schools with Title One status. If you are eligible, please request this on the "Every Kid Outdoors Only" section of the field trip reservation form.

A field trip to the Channel Islands National Park visitor center includes:

Welcome and Orientation, 5 minutes

Park Film, “A Treasure in the Sea,” 24 minutes

Ranger Program, 25 minutes (optional)

Self-Directed Junior Ranger Program, 60 minutes

Rotations: 20 minutes at each of the 3 locations:

Visitor center exhibits

Native Plant Garden

Observation Tower/ Topographic Maps


Schedule a field trip to the visitor center:

First Choose:

  1. If you would like a self-guided visit (without a ranger program):
    Email us at chis_education@nps.gov. In the subject line write: Self-guided Field Trip Request and your school name. We will email you the appropriate registration application.

  2. If you would like a standards-based ranger program included during your visit:
    Email us at chis_education@nps.gov. In the subject line write: Ranger Program Request and your school name. We will email you the appropriate registration application.

When you receive your application, download it and use a PDF reader to completely fill in your form (you may need to click "enable all features") or print, fill in, and scan or take a photo of the page. Save your form with your organization name (example: SchoolName_Field Trip Reservation Form) and email it to chis_education@nps.gov.


Program Descriptions:

Teachers can choose from two standards-based 25-minute ranger programs during a visitor center field trip. Explore the descriptions below to decide which is right for your students. Grade levels are a recommendation.

Pinniped Fashion Show (Kindergarten-Grade 2)
Students explore sea lion adaptations through a directed draw and dress up activity.
Supports Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) 1-LS1.A: Structure and Function
1-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes | Next Generation Science Standards (nextgenscience.org)


Sea Star Superpowers (Grades 3-5)
Students investigate how kelp and sea stars adapt and survive in their marine environments by observing a live sea star.
Supports Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) 4-LS1.A: Structure and Function (link to: 4-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes | Next Generation Science Standards (nextgenscience.org)

Last updated: April 14, 2022

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