Nature & History School Programs


Nature & California history field trips & classroom presentations for students grades K-6

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2017-2018 school year registration begins April 21, 2017

Register early for the best selection of programs and dates. Over 16,000 tri-county preschool to sixth grade students attend our exciting programs each year. Fall – reliably warm and mostly rainless – is the best season to schedule field trips. Winter and spring are better for classroom presentations when the weather is less certain. Requests are booked first-come, first served as follows:
• April 21-May 19, 2017..........Registration for VUSD schools (City of Ventura & Oak View)
• April 28-May 19, 2017..........Registration open to all schools, home schools & camps
• May 19, 2017 & after............Registration continues through summer 2016
• September 2017..................Field trips & classroom presentations begin
• Summer 2018......................Offerings are available all summer long

The City of Ventura Interpretive Outreach (IO) program offers dozens of educational programs focusing on nature and California history in classroom settings and through outdoor field trips to Ventura parks, beaches and historic sites. IO presentations are designed to engage students with direct hands-on experience to nurture a lifelong appreciation of our environment and cultural history. Scroll below for all the topics. School principals receive a printed catalog for their offices every April for teachers to peruse. Parents are encouraged to bring these fun learning experiences to the attention of their child's teacher and school PTA/PTO.

 Download the 2017-2018 Interpretive Outreach Booklet (seven-page pdf)

Download the Registration Instructions (one-page pdf) - please read before registering!

Download the Registration Request Form (one-page pdf) - save to your computer to complete.

Program Request, Acceptance & Confirmation Process

(1)   Download the PDF: open the document and save a copy to your computer

(2)   Fill out completely one registration request form per teacher

(3)   Save the document again to retain the information for us and for your records

(4)   Email it as an attachment to with the subject line “Interpretive Outreach Programs Request”

(5)   Or print and mail it to: Interpretive Outreach, PO Box 99 – Room 226, Ventura CA 93002-0099

(6)   Registration is by email or mail only - no fax or telephone requests accepted

(7)   We reply to emailed requests within three business days

(8)   We will email or mail you a Notification Letter listing your program(s), date(s) and time(s) along and an Acceptance Form by June 6 if you submit requests by May 19, 2017. You must return the Acceptance Form to us within 10 days to confirm your registration.

(9)   If you do not hear from us by June 6 and submitted your request by May 19, please leave a message for the Interpretive Outreach Scheduler at or 805/677-3961 or contact Program Coordinator Gina Reyes at 805/658-4728 or

2017-2018 Program Offerings

Living History Field Trips

  • Albinger Archaeological Dig (gr 3-6) 2 hr
  • Ventura's Chinatown (gr 3-6) 2 hr
  • Chumash Acorns (pre-2) 1 hr
  • Chumash Outreach with Native Plant Walk (gr 3-5) 2½ hr
  • Gold Rush! (gr 3-4) 1¼ hr
  • Mission Life (gr 3-4) 2 hr
  • Olivas Adobe Historical Outreach (gr 4) 2¼ hr

Nature Study Field Trips

  • All About Plants (pre-2) 1 hr
  • Birding & Wetland Ecology (gr 3-6) 2 hr
  • Life in the Coastal Hills (gr 2-6) 2 hr
  • Marina Park (pre-2) 1 hr
  • Monarch Caterpillars (pre-2) 1 hr

Animal Puppets

  • Feathered Friends (pre-2) 1 hr
  • Ladybug & Her Creepy Crawly Friends (pre-2) 1 hr
  • Marla the Mermaid & Company (pre-2) 1 hr
  • Mother Nature's Furry Foothill Critters (pre-2) 1 hr
  • Rain Forest Ramble (pre-2) 1 hr

Classroom Presentations

  • Bats & Other Nighttime Creatures (gr 1-6) 1 hr
  • Rock & Roll Geology (gr 1-6) 1 hr
  • Ventura County Agriculture (gr 1-6) 1 hr

*NEW* Museum of Ventura County

  • Making Connections: Art & History (gr 3-5) 1½ hr
  • Community Activism Through Art (gr 4-6) 1½ hr

Visit Discover Ventura for seasonal nature excursions open to all ages.