Field Trips to AFC Properties

Thanks to grant support for our field trip program from the Helen and Will Webster Family Foundation, we offer transportation and free field trips to AFC properties to schools in Los Angeles County.  Field trips are available 9am – 12pm weekday mornings during the school year and week days 9am – 4pm during the summer.

• All AFC properties are accessible outdoor classrooms. For more detail check out our lands here.
• We develop curricula that are compliant with the STEM Education Act of 2014 taught by our Program Administrator, interns, and volunteer docents. Take a look at applicable Next Generation Science Standards here.
• AFC maintains a Wildlife Movement curriculum for students who cannot access our properties.
• We help plant, maintain and teach from native plant gardens on campuses.
• 2nd and 3rd graders study native plant adaptation, 6th graders use a fault at our Rosemont Preserve to study plate tectonics while high school students do soil and water quality testing.
• All students learn about our remote trigger wildlife camera program.
• Participation in AFC programs fulfills both educational and community service requirements and encourages students to pursue environmental studies and become tomorrow’s land stewards.

Lastly, be sure to check out our new virtual field trips!

Contact Field Administrator Auxenia Privett-Mendoza for more information:
[email protected].

Field Trip Registration Form

AFC’s Field Trip Programs

Student Learning Outcomes:
Educational programs offer an interdisciplinary approach by including concepts of life and Earth science, math, geology, history, ethnobotany, ecology, and land-use planning into an integrated curriculum.

Native Plants, Local History:
Our native plant curriculum focuses on the types of plant adaptations that allow plants to survive and thrive in our Mediterranean climate now plagued with drought. It also teaches about native plant use by the first people to inhabit our area, the Tongva, who lived in balance with their environment.

Our geology curriculum teaches about plate tectonics, geology, rock types, watersheds and stormwater runoff. AFC Preserves lend physical features to reference when teaching the concepts of what defines a watershed or drainage basin.

Service Activity:
Students can enjoy a hands-on experience of pulling invasive species and restoring habitat. They will learn about the importance of native plants and the threat invasive species can have to an ecosystem. Students can also help with repairing and maintaining our trails.

Water Conservation:
AFC protected lands are the perfect natural areas to demonstrate the benefits of water conservation. Native plant gardens use l/7th the amount of water of a conventional yard, and displays the beauty of using water-wise, native plants in our landscaping.

Watershed Education:
In learning to take a watershed approach to conservation, and in seeing firsthand the connection between drainage basins from the mountains to the sea, students are able to make a tactile connection between concepts learned in the classroom and their application in the outside world.

Grade Levels Served:
Our field trip educational programs can be modified for all grade levels. We are able offer an adaptive curriculum to different schools and grade levels based on teacher needs. Within AFC Preserves, we are able to demonstrate multiple facets of watershed and water conservation education in a highly adaptable fashion with real-world, tangible examples. At the Rosemont Preserve we have STEM compliant 2nd/3rd grade plant curriculum and 6th grade earth science curriculum.

Teachers and Students:
Educational field trip programs at the Preserve are customized to correlate with each teacher’s in-class curriculum. Incorporating field trip programs with existing school curriculum provides students with an opportunity for experiential learning. We use our sites and available resources to create meaningful and memorable learning experiences for students in a real-world situation. There is no substitute for real world learning where students can touch, smell and hear what they are studying.