Santa Monica Mountains School Programs | Environmental Science

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.

Sample Day

A day with NatureBridge in the Santa Monica Mountains includes a wide array of activities to keep students engaged and connected to the natural world. 

Below is a rough sketch of what a typical day might look like at either our Circle X Ranch or Camp Shalom program location:

7 a.m. Wake up

Students rise each morning either in tents at Circle X Ranch or their cabins at Camp Shalom and use this time to shower, dress, pack their backpacks for a day hike, and prepare for their day.

8 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast

Just a few minutes away from the sleeping accommodations are the dining halls at Circle X Ranch and Camp Shalom. Meals served are healthy, filling, and kid-friendly.

8:45 - 9 a.m. Clean up and get ready to hike

Take this time to use the facilities and finish packing your day pack.  Each trail group will take turns with morning stewardship and tidy up the dining hall before venturing out into the great outdoors for the day.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Instructional day

During this time you will be with your hiking group of up to 15 students. The educators provide the activities and curriculum while chaperones assist in group management and with the behavioral needs of individual students.  Lunch is distributed to the hiking groups and is typically eaten out on the trail. Depending on your school’s social and academic needs, we will design a customized thematic teaching day aligned with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Students may find themselves:

  • Hiking, collecting weather data, and learning about working collaboratively with others, leadership, and personal responsibility.
  • Participating in a stream biomonitoring project while learning about watersheds and water use.
  • Participating in litter analysis, which reveals many things about how humans affect the environment and learning how each of us can positively make a difference in the world through climate change activities, the Lorax debate, and reflection.

4 - 6 p.m. Recreation time

This is a time students can use to shower and change, write in their journals, play on the basketball court, or relax. A school may also use this time for structured learning activities. Teachers and chaperones supervise during recreation time.

6 - 7 p.m. Dinner

Dinners are nutritious, plentiful, and kid-friendly. Dinner time is also spent socializing and comparing stories with new friends.

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Evening program

Evening programs complement the material presented during your day. These large-group programs are engaging, educational, and inspiring. Activities may include astronomy, night hikes, and bobcat awareness.

8:30 - 9:30 p.m. Off to bed

This is the time for students to use bathrooms, change clothes, and brush their teeth. Teachers and chaperones supervise students during this time. Lights out is typically 10 p.m.

Santa Monica Mountains and Channel Islands

A sample day schedule of a day trip to the Channel Islands is located here.

Or inquire via phone:
Karen Oxrider


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