Events and Resources
Last Updated: June 13, 2013
Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier
Marine biology and environmental education programs
for K-12 students and their teachers. Field trips include
informal educator presentations both inside the aquarium
and on the beach just outside its doors. Classes are
based on the California science standards, are two hours
in length, and are offered weekdays at 9:30 a.m. and
12:00 p.m. The fee is $150 for a maximum of 60 students;
teachers are free. For reservations call 310-393-6149,
Nanotechnology "Chip Camps"
Chip Camps are available to small groups of motivated
students and their teachers. A chip camp is an intensive
hands-on, inquiry-based learning experience in nanotechnology.
High school students spend either 1, 3, or 5 days in
a teaching clean room facility, learning tricks of light
and chemicals to make a tiny microresistor. Longer camps
are available, and funding is available to cover expenses
to the University of California, Santa Barbara. Contact
Angela Berenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
(805) 893-5999. For more information see http://www.nanotech.ucsb.edu/NanotechNew/education/CHIPCAMP.html.
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical
Garden at UCLA
A living museum comprised of over 5,000 species of plants
from all over the world. The garden offers free docent-led
school tours for grades 1-12 on Monday, Wednesday, and
Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, providing an exciting adjunct
to science and social studies curriculum. As part of
its written confirmation package, the garden sends teachers
free pre-tour guides for grades 2-12 school groups to
use in preparing students for their visit to the garden.
Follow-up guides are given to the teacher at the conclusion
of the tour. See www.botgard.ucla.edu
or call (310) 825-1260.
UCLA Stunt Ranch Santa Monica
The 310-acre UCLA Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains
Reserve, an outdoor classroom and living laboratory
for environmental education and research, lies in the
Cold Creek watershed of the Santa Monica mountains.
The reserve has forged a partnership with UCLA and K-12
education in the greater Los Angeles area and offers
3-hour school programs focusing on chaparral and fire
ecology, geology, and early local Native American and
homestead history. The 1.5 mile hike introduces students
to Chumash village life, including acorn grinding, cave
wall painting, playing of Chumash games, and demonstrations
of tool making. The reserve is accessible by prior permission
only. Teachers interested in booking docent-led tours
should call the MRT office at (818) 591-1701, ext. 130.
Free curriculum guides are available at http://nrs.ucop.edu/reserves/stunt.html.
Natural History Museum of LA
For more information, call 213-763-3534 or go to www.nhm.org.
San Joaquin Valley Children's
Science exhibits and much more are available for field
trips and walk-in visitors at:
Castle Science and Tech Center, Atwater—http://www.challengersjv.org,
ImagineU Interactive Children's Museum, Visalia—http://www.imagineumuseum.org
Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, Bakersfield—http://www.sharktoothhill.org
Children's Museum of the Sierra, Oakhurst, Madera County—
Madera County Fossil Discovery Center, Fairmead—http://www.maderamammoths.org
California Science Projects
The California Science Project (CSP) is a university-based
professional development network for pre-K-16 teachers
of science that utilizes highly skilled teams of educators
and scientists drawn from universities and school districts
across the state. This statewide network works toward
the common goal of improving science education for all
California students. The CSP has convenient sites across
the state at campuses of the University of California,
California State University, and independent colleges/universities.
There are six science projects in Region
Valley Science Project—CSU Fresno
Science Project—Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Coast Science Project—UC Santa Barbara
Valley Science Project—CSU Northridge
Valley Science Project—Cal Poly Pomona