Who are the Oak Ambassadors?

Oak Ambassadors are 4th and 5th grade Santa Margarita School and Ocean View School (Arroyo Grande) students who’ve completed specialized training to prepare them for service as nature guides on Learning Among the Oaks trails at Santa Margarita Ranch and at the Pismo Preserve. Students interested in applying must have the recommendation of their regular classroom teachers. Training consists of a nine week series of pull out science and youth environmental leadership classes presented from late January through early April of each year. The program started in 2010 and has grown each year with more students seeking the challenges  involved in becoming competent nature trail guides for younger students and families exploring wonders within the local oak woodland ecosystem.


The videos below will help you see some aspects of the journey toward becoming an Oak Ambassador:

friendship and fun

Teamwork, adventure, friendship and fun on the oak trail!

The 2010 start of the Oak Ambassador Program

2011 Oak Ambassadors ~ Nine weeks of pull-out science and nature guide training completed, now vested and ready to lead nature hikes on the Learning Among the Oaks trail!

2011 Oak Ambassadors-in-training after a wildlife hike with late volunteer docent Glenn Sparks

2012 Oak Ambassador Class

2012 Oak Ambassadors-in-training after a hike with Fun-guy and naturalist Dennis Sheridan

2013 Oak Ambassador Class

2014 Oak Ambassador Class