Our Nature Trail

LATO would not be possible without the cooperation and support of Santa Margarita Ranch owners Karl Wittstrom,Doug Filipponi and Rob Rossi. A License Agreement between the Ranch owners, The Land Conservancy and the Atascadero Unified School District allows educational use of a nature trail developed on 15 acres of private Ranch land, adjacent to Santa Margarita School.  The nature trail serves as the center piece of LATO’s many projects and activities.

Our Nonprofit Home

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County serves as the nonprofit home for LATO. The Land Conservancy has been a leader in local land conservation efforts since 1984. From the South County dunes to the North County oak woodlands, there are many conservation success stories to share. Pretty amazing to see what people can accomplish by working together to preserve the places we love on the Central Coast.

Our Public School Home Base

Santa Margarita SchoolIMG_4020, a public K-6th grade school within the Atascadero Unified School District, has served as our home base since our start in 2005. LATO serves the entire campus and also provides occasional guided hikes and educational activities for school and community groups from throughout San Luis Obispo County. Exciting news! With support from the Atascadero Unified School District, led by Superintendent Tom Butler, LATO will soon have its own classroom to be developed as an oak nature center and Oak Ambassador training headquarters. Santa Margarita School is currently undergoing a major remodeling project. We are looking forward to getting started on our nature center/science classroom when school resumes in August 2016. We’re grateful to AUSD and to the many teachers, volunteers, families, partners (especially Santa Margarita Ranch), and donors who’ve helped LATO grow into a source of pride for everyone involved.