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"In order to create a society that truly reveres the natural world, we must offer its citizens life-changing experiences in nature"

Joseph Cornell, author of multiple books including “Sharing Nature with Children” is considered one of the most highly regarded nature educators in the world today

NatureTrack’s 2020/2021 field trips are open for registration!
CLICK HERE to enter the registration system! 

All participants must have a signed waiver. Bring waivers on the day of the trip.

Offering students access to NATURE during the traditional school day!

NatureTrack provides K-12 students in Santa Barbara County with outdoor field trips where teachers specify what they would like NatureTrack volunteer docents to emphasize based on what students are currently studying in class.

Direct communication with teachers ensures that each field trip supplements in-classroom units of study and is in alignment with state-mandated standards.

Dedicated volunteer docents who enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of the outdoors with students lead NatureTrack adventures. Students learn the wonder of what is in their own “backyard” by hiking on local trails, spending time in oak woodlands, chaparral, grasslands, coastal sage scrub, and other regional ecosystems.

There is never a cost to schools, students, teachers, or parents for a NatureTrack field trip.  NatureTrack even covers bus transportation expenses to get students and teachers from their schools to field trip locations.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not hear from NatureTrack within 48-hours of your reservation, email: jennifer@naturetrack.org or call 805-886-2047.

There is never a cost to schools, students, teachers, or parents for a NatureTrack field trip. We even cover bus transportation expenses to get students and teachers from their schools to field trip locations.

Virtual Trips

In spring 2020, when the coronavirus hit the United States, the world as we know it changed, but the mission of NatureTrack has not. We pivoted operations from field to film and continued to foster a lifelong fascination with nature through the use of virtual trips and activities that motivate kids to get outside, when and where it’s safe, to explore nature in their own “backyard”.

Each packet highlights one of NatureTrack’s 14 field trip adventures and may include:

  • Virtual hikes, led by NatureTrack docents

  • Guided activities

  • Worksheets

  • Games

  • Partner sites/videos

  • Coloring pages

Botanic Garden

Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden Activities:

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COVID-19  |  COVID-19 Protocol  |  COVID-19 Waiver

Combating COVID-19 with nature! The Mayo Clinic has been ranked one of the top hospitals in the nation for more than 27 years and their recommendation?

“The COVID-19 virus is primarily spread from person to person through respiratory droplets released into the air when talking, coughing, or sneezing. When you’re indoors, you’re more likely to inhale these droplets from an infected person, especially if you’re in close contact, because you’re sharing more air than you do outdoors. Poor building ventilation can cause droplets to hang in the air for a longer period of time, adding to the potential for infection.

When you’re outside, fresh air is constantly moving, dispersing these droplets. So, you’re less likely to breathe in enough of the respiratory droplets containing the virus that causes COVID-19 to become infected.

Being outside offers other benefits, too. It offers an emotional boost and can help you feel less tense, stressed, angry or depressed.”

In light of long-term distance learning, teachers, parents, and students are calling for time away from the “screen”, social interaction, and outside activity. Educators, health professionals, and laymen alike agree that these factors are more crucial than ever to the mental and physical health of this generation.

NatureTrack is committed to meeting that need by tailoring traditional outdoor field trips [link to field trip page] to meet COVID health and safety guidelines, so kids can continue to be kids – to get outside, to run, to explore, to share their enthusiasm and excitement with others.

“I hope that all of the teachers at my school will get their kids out into the woods with this program, as I am confident that it is precisely this type of experience that helps kids get excited about science and to cultivate a real respect and reverence for the natural world.”

- Michael Macioce, Sixth Grade Teacher Adelante Charter School

Specially trained naturalists, who enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of the outdoors with students, lead NatureTrack adventures. Santa Barbara County is one of 35 global biodiversity hotspots giving students the opportunity to explore habitat types ranging from lush coastal wetlands/beaches and dry interior grasslands, to foothill oak woodlands and savannas, to hill slopes covered by coastal scrub and chaparral, to mountain tops of mixed oak and pine forests.

Teachers can specify which topics, NGSS core ideas, or crosscutting concepts they would like to see emphasized to facilitate student’s connection and continuity with in-classroom units of study.

Family Trips and Pod Hikes information coming soon…