Environmental Education

“The (land trust) field trip provided a rare opportunity for students to collect data in the field. Science content is more meaningful when it’s connected to the real world. The field trip exposed students to places in their local community they might not normally experience and helped them become aware of local environmental issues.” - Jennifer Holland, Anacapa Middle School science teacher

GirlScoutVols.jpg Local Ventura Girl Scouts enjoying a day at Big Rock Preserve

Ventura Land Trust staff leads environmental education field trips for local students. Since 2004, we have introduced thousands of youth to the natural beauty of the Ventura River estuary and have educated them about the importance of protecting this valuable environmental asset. By concentrating on watershed science and emphasizing hands-on learning in a beautiful outdoor setting, our goal is to educate the next generation of open space stewards and inspire them protect local fragile ecosystems.


Employees from Agilent Technologies participate in a volunteer field work day at Willoughby Preserve.

Working with community partners, such as Santa Barbara Channel Keeper and the Ventura Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, we teach students about watersheds and water quality, how land use effects waterways, endangered species, invasive plants and animals, and habitat restoration techniques. Field trips with VLT are often provided free of cost thanks to organizations such as the Southern California Wetlands Restoration Program. Transportation funding is also occasionally available (please contact VLT staff to inquire).

In addition to local elementary, middle and high school students, we also lead preserve tours for youth and adult community organizations, business groups and clubs. Past visitors to our preserves include Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, SCAPE, Boys & Girls Club teens, REI, Patagonia, Agilent Technologies, Rotary Club or other community service groups.


Santa Paula High School AP Environmental Science students learning about watershed science

Teachers, clubs, or community members interested in learning about the environment and/or touring VLT Nature Preserves, should email info@venturalandtrust.org, or call (805) 643-8044 for more information.


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