Every Kid in a Park

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The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has been working to help connect students to their local public lands. Thanks to the support of partners such as the National Park Foundation, Santa Monica Mountains Fund and generous donors, the park has been able to bring students out on field trips, further the work of youth engagement programs, and has created college internships. Here is a glimpse into what your students could experience thanks to the help of rangers, volunteers and college interns.


We are offering Los Angeles and Ventura County Title I schools FREE bus transportation for FREE field trips to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. We will also provide FREE federal lands passes for each fourth-grader!

Participating Title I schools can send their entire fourth grade class to experience one of the following programs at a local national park site in the Santa Monica Mountains.


Spring 2019 Field Trips

Spring 2019 Application (February-May)
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CA Love Program

California Love: Exploring Our Culture
Registration is Open.
Students explore different cultural groups that have lived in California and how environments and interactions with others shape culture. Hands-on activities include creating models and reviewing replica items. Hike included.

Offered at Wednesday- Friday at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, February through April. Maximum number of students is 150 per field trip.

A student uses a hand drill to make a shell necklace

The Chumash: A Changing People, A Changing Land
Registration is Open.
Students explore Chumash culture and their reliance on plants and animals. Hands-on activities include replica exploration. Hike included.
Offered at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa in Newbury Park, Tuesday-Friday in February through May. Maximum number of students is 70 per day.

Students use binoculars to explore the local ecosystem at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Habitat Explorers- New Program
Registration is Open.

Through hands-on activities and a hike, students will learn about the connections between native plants and animal species within the habitats that they depend on. Activities may vary depending on park site.
Offered on Wednesdays at Rancho Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa in Newbury Park, February through May. Maximum number of students is 60 per day.
Mountains to the City program

From The Mountains To The City
Registration is Open.

Students explore the connections between the mountains, people, and wildlife of Los Angles. Hands-on activities include birding. Hike included.

Offered at Ernest Debs Audubon Center in Northeast Los Angeles on Wedesday-Friday in February through May. Maximum number of students is 60 per day.


*Every Kid in a Park is an initiative to provide fourth-graders with federal land passes that can be used at national parks other federal lands and waters throughout the nation. In cities, such as Los Angeles, Title I schools will also have the opportunity to apply for free field trips to local units of the National Park Service.

This project was made possible by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of donors from across the country.

Last updated: November 19, 2018

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26876 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302


(805) 370-2301

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