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.

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
The Brisco Foundation
Ocean View Elementary 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 Elementary School PTA
Atascadero Unified School District

Unitarian Universalists of
San Luis Obispo County

Vineyard Elementary 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

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