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.


Featured Projects

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.


Thank you, LATO Supporters and Partners!

John D. Perrine, Ph.D.

Professor and Curator of Mammals and Birds/Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department

The Brisco Foundation
Ocean View School PTO
P.G. & E. Corporation
Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County Robert H. Janssen Youth Sports Foundation
Emily Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Physiological Ecology of Reptiles Lab (PERL) /Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department
Santa Margarita School PTA
Atascadero Unified School District
Unitarian Universalists of
San Luis Obispo County
Vineyard School PTO
Templeton Unified School District
Mankins Family Foundation
Kiwanis Club of Arroyo Grande Valley
Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County Community Needs Grant Program

Many thanks to individual donors and volunteers – your contributions make a big difference!

A Program of

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

Office: 1137 Pacific St., San Luis Obispo, CA
Mailing address: P.O. Box 12206, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Phone: 805.544.9096       
Email: info@lcslo.org