School walks

Topanga Canyon Docents - Santa Monica Mountains - Topanga State Park - School Walks - Children enjoying viewHundreds of children get introduced to the natural world every year on field trips to our giant outdoor classroom – Topanga State Park. Southern California’s mountains aren’t just beautiful places to live and visit, they’re located in the world’s richest, most diversified and most threatened ecological zones. Our programs spark children’s interest in learning about nature.

What a fun field trip!

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from October through May, we lead walks for classes grades 2 to 5. These programs introduce children to many of our unique plants and animals, and to the lives of our native people. Topanga’s Trippet Ranch is the starting point for a short walk with trained docents (volunteer naturalists) who’ll introduce environmental concepts like the food chain and adaptations. Sometimes there’s a stop at the edge of the pond, to see what animals have left their tracks. There’s usually a visit to the Visitor Center, which includes examples of most of the animals found in the park. Even when children don’t see animals on their walk, they’ll see these beautiful preserved examples.

Standards based interpretation

Topanga Canyon Docents_Santa Monica Mountains_Topanga State Park_School Walks_Following LeaderOur field trips are aligned to curricular standards in the areas of language arts, social studies, and science. Materials are provided so teachers can prepare their classes, and classroom follow-up visits by a docent can be arranged. Topanga State Park is on the LAUSD approved field trip list.

These programs are free to public, church and private schools. Some funds are available to assist with buses under special circumstances. There are restrooms in the parking lot and space for your bus to turn around, and a picnic area so you can bring lunch. Your kids will have a great time.

For more info Contact Us

Here’s an informative flyer in PDF format. You can also phone Karin at 310-455-3143 for more information or to schedule your school’s adventure.

Field trip location

You’ll use the Trippet Ranch entrance, located at 20829 Entrada Road, Topanga, CA 90290. But please, don’t send mail, it won’t reach us there. Here’s a map and directions in PDF format. Here’s a Google MAP.

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