Oak Ambassador and Docent Training Resources


LATO Oak Ambassadors, Docents and curious kids of all kinds keep exploring, asking questions and learning about nature wherever they go. This page is a work in progress to share resources to help you on your journey.

The LATO Oak Ambassador Training Handbook is here for handy reference. Use it to review what you’ve learned and prepare for your next guided hike.

What OAs are up to now!

When the Covid-19 pandemic transformed our lives in mid-March, we were in the middle of OA training for the Class of 2020 at all three public schools. With great help from school districts, we quickly shifted to online trainings. Although it was hard to cancel 21 school hikes that would have given these kids their first chance to use their new hike leadership skills, we’ve made the best of our time together in zoom.

We celebrated OA graduations for 36 new OAs in zoom rooms with many family members, teachers, docents and school principals + school district superintendents.

Since graduations, we’ve been working with OAs to develop field guides to each school nature trail. The first guides focus on interesting birds of the nature trails.  

For the field guide project, kids are donning hats as artists, scientific investigators and writers. Here is a sample drawing, this one a Northern flicker sketched by Santa Margarita School Oak Ambassador Taylor T.


Exploring Nature at Home Resources