Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority

Education Programs
Connecting the Classroom to Nature
Do you know a teacher or school who might be interested in a memorable outdoor experience? We offer residential outdoor programs and free field trips for school groups. If you or someone you know teaches, is in PTA, or goes to school, please pass this along.

Field trips and outdoors programs are available now!
Free Field Trips at Franklin Canyon
At Franklin Canyon Park, students are immersed in the perfect outdoor experience with a 2-hour docent led nature discovery hike focusing on wildlife, Native American culture, and watersheds of the Santa Monica Mountains. Our educational program incorporates hands-on learning to build upon classroom lessons. Students will also have the opportunity to view wildlife first-hand.

Our free field day trips are available for Title 1 elementary schools and special needs groups. We are now accepting reservations for this school year.
For information: Email:    Phone: 310-858-7272 x131
Residential Outdoor Education
Truly experience the natural world by immersing your students in a 3-5 day overnight program in the Santa Monica Mountains! During your stay in comfortable lodgings with wholesome meals, students learn about nature and its inhabitants, gain opportunities for personal growth, and cultivate friendships and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Our programs predominantly serve 4th - 6th grades who have limited access and familiarity with nature. Some popular standard-based lessons include Plant & Animal Adaptations, Outdoor Skills, Native American Culture, Night Hikes, and Astronomy. 

Dates available!
For information: Email:    Phone: 818-878-0866 x228

To learn more about the MRCA, our parks and our programs:
Email:      Phone: 818-878-0866 x228

Our programs are tied to California State Standards and the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), our lessons focus on the unique Mediterranean ecosystem, dynamic local history and threatened watersheds.

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