The Rosemont Preserve is 7.75 acres of protected wilderness land in La Crescenta. The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy saved this land from development and turned it into a permanent sanctuary for wildlife and a resource for community programs. The Friends of the Rosemont Preserve were formed to help steward the land and develop free educational programs for the community.
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 will provide students with an opportunity for experiential learning. We use our site 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.
This program grew out of a volunteer community group’s love of the outdoors and desire to pass that love on to future generations. Bringing students out to a watershed where they can see the folds in the mountains and envision the water flow is a unique and creative way to bring the study of water and conservation to life. Hands-on activities engage the students in a way not available in their schools.
We plan our curriculum to make an impact on the way these students view the study of science. Our programs encourage students to become citizen scientists and our interdisciplinary approach prepares them to use what they learn to create a positive impact on conservation in their communities both now and in the future.
Thanks to grant support for our field trip program from Edison International and 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.
• 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.
Contact Field Administrator Maggie Swomley for more information: