Santa Monica Mountains Field Trip | Outdoor Education

School & Group Environmental Science at Santa Monica Mountains

From the top of Sandstone Peak to the Arroyo Sequit watershed, students explore the park’s Mediterranean ecosystem and learn through academic and physical challenges how their actions impact the world.

Areas of Study

In our classroom, students have the unique opportunity to observe, experience, and personally connect to nature in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Our core academic emphases include:

  • Life Science & Ecology
  • Watershed Studies
  • Earth Science & Geology
  • Current Environmental Issues

Your program may focus on one or more of these areas of study, depending on your classroom's needs, location, and the length of your program.

Life Science & Ecology

Delve into ecosystems in the Santa Monica Mountains by discovering what organisms live in this Mediterranean climate and the adaptations they need to survive in this unique and challenging environment. Find the ways that organisms depend on and affect each other, and ultimately, see how everything is connected.

Watershed Studies

Follow the Arroyo Sequit watershed from its start near Sandstone Peak to where it meets the ocean at Leo Carrillo State Park. Learn about watersheds and how humans impact them as water makes its way from the mountains to the ocean. Find out where our water comes from and how we can positively impact this vital resource

Earth Science & Geology

Discover how the Santa Monica Mountains were formed over geologic time while learning about plate tectonics, volcanoes, the rock cycle, erosion, and how humans may have an impact on some of these processes. Find out whether or not Sandstone Peak is truly made out of sandstone!

Current Environmental Issues

Climate change is a critical issue in our world, especially in our national parks. Learn about what climate change is, how it may affect the Santa Monica Mountains, and how actions at home can impact our natural world. Discuss some of the conservation issues that are ongoing today, such as marine protected areas, land management, and water rights.


Or inquire via phone:
Karen Oxrider


Ask About Large Group Incentives for the 2018-2019 School Year

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