Santa Monica Mountains School Trip | Expert- led Outdoor Education

School & Group Environmental Science at Santa Monica Mountains

On the shores of the Pacific Ocean, on the site of a historic WWII military post, students study environmental science, learn teamwork, and strengthen their connection with nature.

Our Educators

"I was so impressed with all of the educators, with their rapport with the students, with their experience and ability to help everyone have a fun and successful time hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains. All of the students insisted their leader was ‘the best!’” — Lynne R. Hall, Administrative Coordinator, School on Wheels, Inc.

The best in their field

Our staff of highly skilled environmental science educators is key to the success of NatureBridge. Equipped with a wealth of experience, education, and training, our educators change lives by creating dynamic programs that foster connections in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Who are they? 

Our environmental science educators have years of teaching experience in outdoor and environmental education programs and a contagious enthusiasm for exploring the natural world.

All of our educators have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Wilderness First Responder certification
  • Passion about teaching,youth and the environment

Many of our educators:

  • Have traveled or lived abroad, sometimes volunteering for organizations or studying foreign languages
  • Have worked as national park rangers or as certified classroom teachers
  • Currently serve as educators, musicians, photographers, philosophers, poets, birders, artists, athletes, and more

***Upon conditional hiring, all NatureBridge staff are fingerprinted and background checkedProspective staff with records of previous convictions related to the services we provide will not be considered for employment.

Educator Spotlight - Joel Kirksey

Joel is a California native, born in Los Angeles while living all over Southern California. He spent most of his time indoors while growing up, but after college he discovered his passion for nature while interning in a field research experiment in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. The time he spent working in the Sierras motivated him to become an environmental educator as a way to promote environmental literacy and involvement in the general public while continuing to be an active member of the scientific community.  Joel has worked at multiple environmental facilities throughout the United States including most recently at the McDowell Environmental Center outside of Birmingham, Alabama. He is excited to be back in California with NatureBridge and looks forward to using his experience to help students connect with their natural environment, develop academically, socially, and emotionally, as well as help foster Southern California's next generation of global leaders! Joel received a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. When not teaching he enjoys hiking, birding, identifying native plants, and catching up on his favorite shows on Netflix.

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