Learning Among the Oaks

Connecting kids, nature, and land

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

See how we’re changing young lives

“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

Learning Among the Oaks (LATO) is The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County‘s (LCSLO) nature education and youth conservation 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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We know you don’t want to cook dinner on a Wednesday! Come join us at @brooksburgerswestcoast instead. It’s a delicious win win.

@landconservancyslo
#eatforgood
#dontwannacookwednesday
#yumyum
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We know you don’t want to cook dinner on a Wednesday! Come join us at @brooksburgerswestcoast instead. It’s a delicious win win.

@landconservancyslo 
#eatforgood 
#dontwannacookwednesday 
#yumyum

Our Vineyard Elementary Oak Ambassadors in training had some special visitors yesterday. They were over the moon to meet Alice, a Great Horned Owl, and Pip, an American Kestrel.

We love our partnership with Pacific Wildlife Care and working with them to enrich the programming we deliver to youth throughout San Luis Obispo County. Please give them a follow, and if you can, support the work they do to Rescue, Rehabilitate & Educate.

#learningamongtheoaks
#pacificwildlifecare
#animalambassadors
#oakambassadors
#landconservancyslo
#environmentaleducation
#sanluisobispocounty
#nokidleftinside
Vineyard Elementary PTO
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Our Vineyard Elementary Oak Ambassadors in training had some special visitors yesterday. They were over the moon to meet Alice, a Great Horned Owl, and Pip, an American Kestrel. 

We love our partnership with Pacific Wildlife Care and working with them to enrich the programming we deliver to youth throughout San Luis Obispo County. Please give them a follow, and if you can, support the work they do to Rescue, Rehabilitate & Educate. 

#learningamongtheoaks 
#pacificwildlifecare 
#animalambassadors 
#oakambassadors 
#landconservancyslo 
#environmentaleducation 
#sanluisobispocounty 
#nokidleftinside 
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Thank you!!! My daughter raved about this!

Two great programs🎉🎉 Conservation Through Preservation and Education ❤️

All ages are invited to submit 1-2 nature-inspired lines to a collective poem about how nature has been a teacher to you! 🌳🦨🍄🐿🌿 Exciting Announcement! 🌿 As we prepare to celebrate National Poetry Month in April, we at Ten Strands are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for all nature enthusiasts!

Whether you are a writer with a passion for poetry or simply someone eager to engage in a community experience, we invite you to join us! 🎨💭 We welcome submissions from any language and invite individuals of all ages to contribute. Teachers are also encouraged to submit lines on behalf of their classes.

Submit your lines here: forms.gle/hheXyd3XPyW1ZsTc8
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All ages are invited to submit 1-2 nature-inspired lines to a collective poem about how nature has been a teacher to you! 🌳🦨🍄🐿

We love our supporters! Enjoy a few cute moments captured over the years as part of our Wildlife Camera Project! Which of these four valentines is your fave? ❤️🩷❤️🩷

@landconservancyslo #wildlife #valentines #wildlifecamera #oakwoodlands #environmentaleducation #conservation #lcslo #slolife #slocounty
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We love our supporters! Enjoy a few cute moments captured over the years as part of our Wildlife Camera Project! Which of these four valentines is your fave? ❤️🩷❤️🩷

@landconservancyslo #wildlife #valentines #WildlifeCamera #OakWoodlands #EnvironmentalEducation #conservation #lcslo #slolife #slocountyImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

Last week was the beginning of our 10 weeks of in-school training for the 2024 cohort of Oak Ambassadors. These 4th grade students are learning all about how to be a safe, fun, and informative nature guide for their peers and community. We are so excited to have 39 Oak Ambassadors in training this spring at our 3 public elementary schools. Along with in class training, they will get opportunities to shadow last years cohort, now 5th graders, as they deliver educational hikes. Keep your eyes open for public Oak Ambassador-led hikes this spring at the Pismo Preserve and Santa Margarita Ranch.

#oakambassadors
#learningamongtheoaks
#environmentaleducation
#kidsteachingkids
#placebasededucation
#lcslo
#slocal
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Last week was the beginning of our 10 weeks of in-school training for the 2024 cohort of Oak Ambassadors. These 4th grade students are learning all about how to be a safe, fun, and informative nature guide for their peers and community. We are so excited to have 39 Oak Ambassadors in training this spring at our 3 public elementary schools. Along with in class training, they will get opportunities to shadow last years cohort, now 5th graders, as they deliver educational hikes. Keep your eyes open for public Oak Ambassador-led hikes this spring at the Pismo Preserve and Santa Margarita Ranch.

#oakambassadors 
#learningamongtheoaks 
#environmentaleducation 
#kidsteachingkids 
#placebasededucation 
#lcslo 
#slocalImage attachmentImage attachment

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Educating our youth is essential to the future!! Well done🎉🎉

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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

Maxwell-Hanrahan Foundation

Warren and Carol Sinsheimer

DeVos Family Foundation

 

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