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.
Kids Teaching Kids
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.
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.
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
Office: 1137 Pacific St., San Luis Obispo, CA
Mailing address: P.O. Box 12206, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406