The best way to learn science is to experience it. We guide adult and student groups on excursions into our “wild places” to experience science using all of their senses. Students learn to design research methodologies and conduct research.
Past trips have been to Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and Channel Islands National Parks as well as to many of our local natural places to learn about what’s around us. Some of these programs include becoming a certified scuba diver.
“Not everyone is a scientist, but we are all born curious. We designed this program to teach the scientific process, to ask questions, question results, and to know that sometimes there are no right or wrong answers.”
STUDENT PROGRAMS- We offer this program to students to learn about field science: hypothesis building, designing research methodologies, developing field data collection techniques, and data synthesis and analysis. This program ties in very nicely with AP level Environmental Science classes in that it is designed as a college level field science program. We also off this program in partnership with Ocean Gear Dive Center for students to get SCUBA certified during the program.
We have designed programs for the following field locations:
- Catalina Island: Underwater research diving, kelp forest ecology
- Joshua Tree National Park: ecology and geology
- Channel Islands National Park: Island ecology and geology
- San Bernardino Mountains: Geology and ecology
- Yosemite National Park: Geology and ecology
We also offer custom designed programs requested by teachers
ADULT PROGRAMS- Our adult programs are Naturalist led, guided tours. We have a vast amount of experience in detailed travel planning, safety, and environmental education. Our lead Naturalist, Nancy Caruso, has been guiding tours since 2003. We have guided these active learning tours:
- Southeast and south central Alaska: glaciers, temperate rainforest ecology, marine and terrestrial mammals, and volcanoes
- Guerrero Negro, Baja California: gray whales, coastal Baja ecology and geology.
- Sea of Cortez, Baja California: desert ecology, whale sharks, and reef ecology.
Activities include: kayaking, hiking, glacier trekking, scuba diving, snorkeling.