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

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.

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.

All About Oaks

All About Oaks

Did you know…
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.

Gateways to Nature

Gateways to Nature

Gateways to Nature are special places where people – especially children and families – can connect with nature in their everyday lives. The walk to school, through the Santa Margarita School Gateway to Nature, becomes a daily nature experience.

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

John D. Perrine, Ph.D.
Professor and Curator of Mammals and Birds/Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department
Ocean View Elementary School PTO
P.G. & E. Corporation

Unitarian Universalists of
San Luis Obispo County

The Brisco Foundation
Emily Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Physiological Ecology of Reptiles Lab (PERL) /Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department
Santa Margarita Elementary School PTA
Atascadero Unified School District
Robert H. Janssen Foundation

               Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County                  Robert H. Janssen Youth Sports Foundation

Kiwanis Club of Arroyo Grande Valley

Anne Marie Bergen
Professor and Science Teaching Specialist/Cal Poly Liberal Studies Department
Vineyard Elementary School PTO
Templeton Unified School District
Mankins Family Foundation

Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County     Community Needs Grant Program

And many thanks to individual donors and volunteers – your donations make a difference!