Units of Study


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CALIFORNIA MISSION

Take a trip back in time with your class when you visit La Purisima Mission State Historic Park.  Explore California’s most restored mission while
learning about the people who lived there including the mission padres, soldiers and the Chumash people.  Your tour guides will bring to life crafts,
food and other historic features of the mission while you journey through the 30-45 minute tour.
 
La Purisima MissionThis program is suited for fourth grade curriculum, but is open to all grades.

Programs are delivered on Tuesdays, and times are 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm or 2pm.  When requesting this program, please select a date that falls on a Tues, and please select one of the available times listed above.  Click HERE to schedule.

If you are already a Microsoft Edu teacher, and prefer to book this program through Skype in the Classroom, please use this link: https://education.microsoft.com/LaPurisima

This self guided virtual tour allows you to explore the most restored Mission in California, learning all about the mission era trades, and other history, through embedded videos: http://www.lapurisimavirtualtour.com/


GIANT SEQUOIA REDWOODS

Redwood treeSave the Redwoods League and California State Parks have collaborated to develop a new PORTS study unit focusing on the impacts and challenges facing giant sequoia.

The new PORTS program, developed in honor of the League’s Centennial Year, will allow students around the world to familiarize themselves with the history and ecological dynamics of Calaveras Big Trees State Park, a nearly 6,500 acre preserve in the central Sierra that protects two spectacular groves of mighty old-growth giant sequoia.

 

ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS

Image of the Neptune TempleExplore the art and architecture of the ancient Greeks and Romans through the art and artifacts of Hearst Castle.

Additional program topics from Hearst Castle:

  • Renaissance Art and Architecture
  • History of California via the Hearst Ranch landscape
  • NEW this year - a pilot STEAM program examining the engineering challenges of building La Cuesta Encantada, the ”Enchanted Hill!” 

Hearst Castle PORTS Intro Video from Hearst Castle PORTS on Vimeo.


KELP FORESTS

 

Kelp Forest imageStudents can explore the giant kelp forest at Point Lobos Natural Reserve and learn why Kelp Forest are important and how Marine Protected Areas are being used to help protect them.

A Unit of Study is coming soon. For now, you can check out the following units of study which are already discussing Marine Protected Areas.
Elephant Seals
Tidepool Ecology
Salmon Lifecycle
Science of Habitat Restoration and Protection


You will find all of the Marine Protected Areas online modules here.

 Kelp Forest Unit of Study

Check out our newest interactive addition to the Pt. Lobos story in 360 degrees! Experience a StorySphere by clicking HERE!


DESERT STORIES TODAY AND YESTERDAY

 

Badlands

 

Explore Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to discover its stories of change, preservation, extinction and protection.

 

ELEPHANT SEALS

Elephant Seal

 

Students are introduced to the evolutionary history and adaptations of the northern elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Reserve.

 

GOLD RUSH

 

Gold Rush

 

Learn about the California Gold Rush from Columbia State Historic Park.

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Angel Island Bunks Explore the topic of immigration through the stories and lives of those who came through the US Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park.

 

MONARCH BUTTERFLY LIFECYCLE AND MIGRATION

Monarch ButterflyExplore the mystery of Monarch butterfly lifecycle and Migration from Natural Bridges State Park.

 

REDWOOD ECOLOGY

Humboldt Redwoods

 

Find out about the unique redwood forest ecosystems of Humboldt Redwoods and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks.

 

 

SALMON LIFECYCLE

Salmon Students are introduced to the life cycle of salmon and the importance of watersheds for their survival at Del Norte Redwoods State Park.

 

 


Looking for more to do in your classroom with your Fish in the Classroom program? Try our "Fish2Fish" program, click on the video below to learn more!

 

SCIENCE OF HABITAT PROTECTION AND RESTORATION

Moro Canyon

 

Students discover how human impacts degrade some of California's native ecosystems and habitats while getting a first-hand look at the work California State Parks has done to restore the coastal sage scrub habitat at Crystal Cove State Park.

 

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

 

State Capital

 

Engage students in researching information about their state representatives, the law-making process, and how they, as citizens, have a voice in government.

 

 

TIDE POOLS

Tide Pool

 

Experience life at the ocean's edge and find out why life in the tide pools is no day at the beach.

 

WHAT IS A MAMMAL?

Raccoon

 

Explore how mammals are different from other animals by learning unique features of mammals and comparing them to reptiles, insects and others.

 

 

OTHER PROGRAMS

Ports in a Classroom

Check out what else we have to offer!
(K-12th grade)