Field Trips

EcoHelpers Service Learning Program

Students help restore park landscapes with native plants
Students help restore park landscapes with native plants

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EcoHelpers is a free, NGSS-based restoration field trip. This field trip is intended for High Schools only. Students who participate in EcoHelpers will help the park with just one piece of a restoration project. Restoration projects involve evaluating a site, make a plan on how to solve the environmental concern, begin treatments, prepare the site for restoration, restore the site, provide after care, and maintain the treatments after restoration. Students will receive 1 hour of service learning credit towards their school requirements. Teachers may also select to complete a project based lesson that doubles as a project competition for all participating schools.

Location Primary Activity Ecosystem Focus Natural History Hike Included? Months Offered Lesson included
Solstice Canyon (Malibu)
Close up of invasive mustard with a student in the background weeding.
Invasive Plant Removal
Terrestrial Yes September Yes
Rancho Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa (Newbury Park)
Two students are taking measurements of growing seedlings
Native Plant Nursery Soil Experiment
Terrestrial Yes October through December Yes
Zuma Canyon (Malibu)
Three students are preparing to plant at the Zuma Restoration Site.
Native Plant Restoration Planting
Terrestrial Yes January through mid-March Yes
Paramount Ranch (Agoura Hills)
Students take measurements of an invasive crayfish.
Aquatic Yes Mid-March through mid-May Yes
*Primary Activities are subject to change depending on the needs of the restoration ecologist or enviromental factors*

Application for all programs in the 2018-2019 School Year



Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Civic Engagement, Climate, Climate Change, Community, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Fire Ecology, Landscapes, Planning/Development, Public Policy, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
National/State Standards:
California Benchmarks for Biology/Life Sciences: Ecology, Language Arts and History/Social Science: Historical Interpretation and Los Angeles Unified School District’s Service Learning requirements for Graduation.
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