Environmental Education

“The Conservancy 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 Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) staff lead field trips for local students throughout the year. We actively work to produce the next generation of open space stewards and raise awareness of local issues. Concentrating on watershed science and emphasizing hands-on learning, students visit our preserves to see firsthand the natural beauty of the Ventura River and surrounding areas.


Cormorants in the Ventura River Estuary

Working with groups such as Santa Barbara Channel Keeper, we teach students about watersheds and water quality, how land use effects water, endangered and invasive plant and animal species, habitat restoration, and other environmental focused topics. Field trips with VHC are provided free of cost thanks to organizations such as the Southern California Wetlands Restoration Program. Transportation funding is also occasionally available (please contact VHC staff to inquire). We also arrange preserve tours for organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Rotary Club or other local community service groups.


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

Teachers, students, or other community members interested in learning about our environmental education programs should email info@venturahillsides.org, or call (805) 643-8044 for more information.


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