Educating and Inspiring Future Conservation Leaders

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Learning Among The Oaks (LATO) projects and activities are designed to
engage children and families in exploring, learning about and caring
for nature close to home.

San Luis Obispo County’s oak woodlands provide a rich environment for
experiencing the joy of making discoveries and becoming lifelong nature stewards.

A Program of

Exploring

Oaks. Wildlife. Community.

Kids Teaching Kids

Oak Ambassodors

Each year, we provide junior nature guide aka Oak Ambassodors(OA) training for a new class of 4th graders at each partner school. OAs guide hikes and teach other kids. It’s a powerful experience with lasting impacts. Kids continue service as they grow, taking on more responsibility.

Wildlife Cameras

Wildlife Cameras

Images captured are of wildlife active in the Learning Among the Oaks trail environment adjacent to Santa Margarita school.  These images are used to stimulate  student interest in local wildlife biology and habitat conservation studies.

Schools And Trails

Schools And Trails

We are learning in nature and in the classroom. Curriculum units aligned with Next Generation Science Standards explore all aspects of the oak ecosystem from habitats, life cycles, and adaptations to soil, watershed science, geology and more.

Hikes & Experiences

Learning adventures in San Luis Obispo’s oak woodlands

Special Hikes

Special Hikes

Periodically, we offer special hikes to the San Luis Obispo public community that further explore nature, wildlife, and habitats.

School Hikes

School Hikes

 

We partner with 3 elementary schools in San Luis Obispo County and offers Oak Ambassador lead hikes to children eager to learn about nature and wildlife.

 

Puppet Shows, Skits & More!

Puppet Shows, Skits & More!

We are learning in nature and in the classroom. Curriculum units aligned with Next Generation Science Standards explore all aspects of the oak ecosystem from habitats, life cycles, and adaptations to soil and watershed science, geology, and more.

Stewardship

Caring for oak woodlands

All About Oaks

All About Oaks

Oaks trees can live hundreds of years.

Oak. Nature. Trails.

Oak. Nature. Trails.

We are stewards of the land, which means we take measures to care for and preserve the natural habitat.

Special Landscapes

Special Landscapes

Special Landscapes are Gateways to Nature and they offer everyday learning opportunities that allow kids, parents, and the community to get closer to natural habitats before stepping foot on a trail.

Featured Photos

Give Time

Become a hike or nature classroom docent, share expertise or craft skills, or help take care of nature trails ~ native landscapes.

Give Money

Your contributions make it possible to keep kids engaged in nature, and also go toward preserving our natural oak lands!

Stay Connected

Want to stay in the loop and join us for some fun outdoor events?
 
 

Thank You to Our Supporters and Partners

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