Ventura Wild

“My child comes home tired, dirty, and happy. I so appreciate the level of confidence gained, and now she leads our family hikes!”

Ventura Wild brings children and families into local wild places as a way to rekindle a sense of belonging and connection to the natural world. Trained guides and educators provide space for each child’s unique gifts and interests to blossom through shared adventure, skill development, and play. Programs are available for preschool, after school, teen, home-school, parent/child, internships, summer day camp, and adult retreats. Visit for more information and registration.

Once Upon a Watershed

Once Upon A Watershed

Once Upon a Watershed provides hands-on watershed education, restoration, and stewardship experiences for Kindergarten, 4th , 5th, and 6th grade students in public schools in the Ventura River Watershed. This program cultivates a sense of shared responsibility for our environment, instilling confidence and hope by empowering young people to make a real difference at the local watershed scale with guidance from trained Ventura Land Trust conservation biologists.

Outdoor Field Program

“The 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

Since 2004, Ventura Land Trust has introduced thousands of students (middle school, high school, college, and graduate level) to the natural beauty of the Ventura River estuary and educated them about the importance of protecting this valuable environmental asset. By emphasizing hands-on learning in a beautiful outdoor setting, staff educates the next generation of land stewards and inspires them to protect local ecosystems. Ventura Land Trust's field trips teach students about native and invasive plant and animal species, habitat restoration, fire ecology, and the importance of open space preservation. 

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