Learning Among the Oaks

Connecting kids, nature and land

Help us build a community of kids who care about nature and each other

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“I have learned that being an Oak Ambassador means more than just knowing about animals, oaks, rocks and other parts of nature. It means being responsible, respectful, and helpful to nature and teaching others to do the same.”

—- Boone, 5th grade Oak Ambassador

About Learning Among the Oaks (LATO)

LATO is The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County’s (LCSLO) outdoor science education and youth environmental leadership program delivered through three public school bases, each with its own associated oak nature trail for educational hikes, field studies and stewardship experiences.

These services reach more than 2,000 people each year, mostly children and families, many from underserved communities. LATO’s place-based learning and integration with public school programs means that experiences are relevant to kids’ everyday lives and that kids from a variety of backgrounds have the chance to participate.

Together, we’re building a community of kids who care about nature and each other.

What LATO has been up to

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Yoo-hoo! Summer baby season is just around the corner, and we are in desperate need of bath towels! We use towels to line enclosures, handle animals, and clean the clinic. If you have a few to spare, please consider donating them to us! The bigger the towel, the better. You can bring them to us directly at 1387 Main St. in Morro Bay, or call our hotline to see if a transport volunteer can pick them up from you. Thank you all for your support, no matter the form! ... See MoreSee Less

Cheers for the dedicated LATO Wildlife Camera Project (WCP) volunteers and new volunteers who came out for our annual meeting and training this week. More cool wildlife images coming soon. This project has been running for 10+ years. It takes a lot of teamwork and keeps getting better. Thanks to WCP teams, partners and all who support LATO! ... See MoreSee Less

Cheers for the dedicated LATO Wildlife Camera Project (WCP) volunteers and new volunteers who came out for our annual meeting and training this week. More cool wildlife images coming soon. This project has been running for 10+ years. It takes a lot of teamwork and keeps getting better. Thanks to WCP teams, partners and all who support LATO!

36 4th graders, representing three LATO public school partners (Vineyard Elementary School, Santa Margarita Elementary School and Ocean View Elementary School) started training this week to become full-fledged Oak Ambassadors (OA), ready to guide school nature hikes this spring.

OA training begins with team-building and "oakology," getting to know the local oaks and associated native plant community.

We're excited and look forward to sharing our adventures with you.
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36 4th graders, representing three LATO public school partners (Vineyard Elementary School, Santa Margarita Elementary School and Ocean View Elementary School) started training this week to become full-fledged Oak Ambassadors (OA), ready to guide school nature hikes this spring. 

OA training begins with team-building and oakology, getting to know the local oaks and associated native plant community.

Were excited and look forward to sharing our adventures with you.

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GREAT program

UPDATE see comment re Irish Hills location for second part of training. Reminder - iNaturalist Outdoor Training this Saturday, January 28 from 9am to noon. Meet at Devaul Park Playground in San Luis Obispo and then we move to adjacent entrance to Irish Hills Natural Reserve to practice. See our website for details and important tips on how to prepare beforehand for this training. cnpsslo.org/event/cnps-inaturalist-outdoor-training-workshop-1/ ... See MoreSee Less

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I have learned to love nature, to be one with nature, and to value nature.

- Rosie, Oak Ambassador, 4th grade

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Our Partners & Supporters

San Luis Obispo County Fish and Game Fines Committee

Rod Hoadley ~ Peak Racks

Marguerite Costigan and            Terry Sanville

Ann Robinson

Brisco Foundation

Joan Collier

Barlow Family Foundation

Justin Community Grants

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Randy and Sally Knight

Christine Harvey

Mankins Foundation

Marney and Roger Briggs

James F. Maino and Lisa Kilburn

Warren and Carol Sinsheimer

DeVos Family Foundation

Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department (Professors John Perrine and Emily Taylor)

Partial listing; Supporter page under construction.