Field Day Excursions
Santa Barbara Coastal Ecology Excursion
The Gaviota Coast is the healthiest coastal ecosystem in Southern California. Just North of Santa Barbara, this undeveloped area has a diverse marine ecosystem and has been considered for National Sea Shore Status. Activities may include coastal kayaking and hiking.
California’s Natural and Human History
California has a rich and meaningful history. Students are given an intimate look at the life and culture of Native Americans, missionaries, and early settlers. In addition to human history, California has a fascinating natural past. Learn about the geology and terrain of California. What is a transverse mountain range and how has it affected the development of this region? This trip can also include a visit to the Natural History Museum and/or the Botanical Gardens.
Team Building and High Ropes Program
Our high and low ropes course activities are fun and challenging ways to build leadership and teamwork. Through various individual and group challenges, students will build confidence in themselves and others and learn skills that will translate well into many life experiences.
Channel Islands National Park Day Trip
The Channel Islands National Park offers an incredible, undeveloped, natural environment for your students to learn and explore. As the only company permitted for both educational programs and Scorpion Bay kayaking, you truly get a unique experience! Kayak into beautiful sea caves and snorkel in the crystal clear waters known for diverse marine life. Students learn about the marine life, sea caves, and natural history of the Channel Islands. Activities can include sea cave kayaking, whale watching, hiking, camping, and tide pooling.
Santa Barbara Marine Biology Excursion
Students will explore the marine life along California’s Coast, focusing on mammals and other marine life in the Santa Barbara Harbor. Students will kayak through kelp beds and learn about one. Students are given close encounters with dolphins, seals, sea stars and other marine life. This trip can also include a visit to the Santa Barbara’s Ty Warner Sea Center.
Channel Islands National Park Exploration
This two to four-day excursion is based at Scorpion Landing on Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park and focuses on the tremendous natural and cultural history, amazing geology, endemic species of animal and plant life, endangered species, and marine ecology of the Islands. Students focus on actively experiencing and documenting the diverse ecosystems of the Channel Islands National Park through a variety of activities.
Lesson plans and activities to be considered are the following: marine ecology of the intertidal zone and kelp forest, natural history hikes and species documentation, the geology of the Channel Islands, endemic species, snorkeling with marine ecology focus, guided sea kayaking, and camping.
The group will also be introduced to endemic plants and animals, endangered species of the islands. The emphasis of the program will be on having fun in the outdoor setting while fulfilling educational curriculum requirements in an amazing island location.
California Coastline Discovery: Gaviota Coast
This multi-day learning adventure takes place at the rustic and secluded Ocean Mesa campground or the beautiful and iconic El Capitan Canyon. Students will participate in fully guided natural history hikes, a high ropes challenge course, teambuilding activities, and kayaking along the pristine coastal bluffs. Participants focus on bonding, working together as a team, and getting comfortable in the outdoors, all while learning about their natural environment through hands-on experiential learning. Team building elements can be incorporated into all activities. The focus of the program will be on having fun while learning skills to enjoy all of these safe and challenging activities, both individually and as a group.