Sycamore Leo Carrillo: Naturalists at Large

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Sycamore Leo Carrillo: Naturalists at Large

  1. 1. Who do we serve ? Our education programs for over two hundred of California's public and independent schools have introduced thousands of students to environments as diverse as the…
  2. 2. Pygmy Forest of Sonoma Catalina Island Giant Forest of Sequoia Sonoran Desert Colorado River
  3. 3. What does Naturalists at Large do ?
  4. 4. We work with each school every step of the way to identify their outdoor education goals and then tailor a program to meet those specific needs.
  5. 5. Trail Group sizes of 9 to 14 students Always with one instructor and one adult from your school
  6. 6. Naturalists at Large provides a complete outdoor curriculum for primary through high school level students. We can accommodate trips for 15 students to over 200.
  7. 7. Naturalists at Large draws it’s instructors from all over the United States. These are men and women with 4-year university degrees who have proven experience working with youth in the outdoors and in the classroom.
  8. 8. With their high comfort and experience in the outdoors, their passion for teaching, and a commitment to safety first, we have the foundation for a fantastic experience for you and your students.
  9. 9. All of our instructors are CPR and First Aid Certified. 80 % of them hold advanced certifications such as Wilderness Emergency Medical Training, Wilderness First Responders and Wilderness Advanced First Aid. RESPONSE TIMES: for Emergency Services Paramedic Unit Malibu – 15 minutes Sheriffs – 10 to 20 minutes
  10. 10. Where in the world are we going?
  11. 11. Just up the coast from Los Angeles
  12. 12. Sycamore Canyon Leo Carrillo
  13. 13. Both sites are located on Highway One between Los Angeles and Ventura, and are a part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
  14. 14. Rocky promontories, panoramic views, and the dramatic sounds of pounding surf; open grasslands, sycamore forested canyons, large expanse of coastal sage scrublands and chapparal, you can experience all of these coastal wonders within these two park areas.
  15. 15. WELCOME !
  16. 16. Everyone off the bus!
  17. 17. NOW WHAT !
  18. 18. Okay, we have our tent set up. But where’s the…
  19. 19. OH!…okay….
  20. 20. Time to eat !
  21. 21. Meals are wholesome affairs providing the nutrition needed for active participants There’s a variety of menu options from which to choose
  22. 22. Allergies and Special Food Needs • Program meals offer vegetarian food options. • For those with specific needs due to allergies or personal reasons, we suggest discussion with your faculty. • Naturalists at Large can help guide those with special diets to supplement their meals in ways which everyone can most easily manage.
  23. 23. So what will we learn ?
  24. 24. Academic Aspect Identification of tide pool and terrestrial plants and animals Learn about the three plant communities (grassland, sycamore canyon bottom, and sage scrubland) Study beach formation/degradation Learn Native American culture and uses of plants Stream Studies and Riparian Zones
  25. 25. Let’s get ready to hike…
  26. 26. Up Canyon Let ’s s ee wh at Down Canyon we can fin d!
  27. 27. Some more up canyon views
  28. 28. And a few more down
  29. 29. Keep your eyes open for the unique and interesting
  30. 30. What plant is this and who’s your favorite sports team?
  31. 31. Our naturalists will guide you on your journey to…
  32. 32. the beach !
  33. 33. There’s much to discover
  34. 34. What did you find?
  35. 35. A Seastar…
  36. 36. Some FRIENDS…
  37. 37. and some… Amazing Moments
  38. 38. TRY…
  39. 39. A focus of most all Naturalists at Large programming is the interaction of the individual with the group. The needs of both must be met through the development of cooperation, leadership and problem solving skills.
  40. 40. The facilitation of activities, with the emphasis on our interaction with the environment and each other, promotes awareness of each individual’s role in making the group experience a positive one.
  41. 41. And a few other optional activities… Animal Tracking Map & Compass Orienteering Journal & Reflective Activity
  42. 42. Creativity Relaxation & Stretching Fun Games
  43. 43. And with the setting of the Sun… The day is not over…
  44. 44. Night Hike
  45. 45. Star studies and the night sky
  46. 46. CAMPFIRE
  47. 47. A great experience for the individual student…
  48. 48. The group…
  49. 49. And the Faculty !
  50. 50. A Typical Day 7:30 Breakfast 9:00 Groups A and B do journal activities, riparian canyon hike, group initiatives. Groups C and D hike to beach and tide pools 12:00 Lunch by groups 1:00 Groups C and D do journal activities, riparian canyon hike, group initiatives. Groups A and B hike to beach and tide pools 4:30 Return to camp for large group games 6:00 Dinner 7:30 Evening Program: Night walk and star study 9:00 Students released to faculty
  51. 51. Southern California Coast Discover It !
  52. 52. Ask about… Allergies, Medications, and Special Dietary Needs
  53. 53. Equipment Reminders Follow your equipment list. Pack together. Adult and student can double check the contents of the gear bag. All clothing should fit in a medium size duffle. A day pack is essential to move about the program with water, some food, extra layers of clothing, and personal incidentals. Utensil Kit that may be reused for each meal and a cup that can handle hot & cold liquids.
  54. 54. Rain gear is a must. (water-proof shell) Rain Ponchos are fine. Comfortable closed toed shoes are required. Light weight hikers or tennis shoes with a few pairs of good outdoor socks (non-cotton). A good water bottle (quart or liter). The proper sleeping bag (check your equipment list for specifics). Ground pad. Ensolite pads are much cheaper than thermarest types and work just as well.
  55. 55. Plastic bag protection. A half dozen, 1 or 2 gallon storage ziplocks are good for protecting clothing in a gear bag from moisture. Along with a couple hefty 15 to 30 gallon bags to line your gear bag and sleeping bag (& daypack). Don’t send gear that you could not afford lost or broken (expensive cameras, cell phones, and other electronics). A handy disposable camera would be just fine. Follow your equipment list, ask questions, borrow from friends.
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