PORTS On-Demand

PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students)® On-Demand Programs are FREE interactive virtual field trips for K-12 students to stay connected to our state's natural, cultural, and historical resources. All PORTS On-Demand Programs are customizable for all grade levels and provide additional teacher resources to prepare for or reflect on your program. Explore the interactive map to browse programs by topic and location below.

For more information on scheduling your program, see the drop-down menu below or see our FAQ.

PORTS On-Demand Programs are available to teachers and students in their virtual, in-person, and home school classrooms. ***PLEASE NOTE: We ask for a minimum of 10 students per program registration.***

New to PORTS? Click here for instructions on how to book your PORTS On-Demand Program.

Setting up a PORTS On-Demand Program for your virtual classroom is easy. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Scroll down to see our available programs listed in alphabetical order by park name. You can also see the relevant program topics. All programs are customizable for all grade levels.

  2. Click on the image of the park you would like to visit with your students. This will take you to an individual park page which will provide a description of available PORTS programs for you and your students to attend.

  3. Select a date and time that works for you.

  4. Complete the intake form and select "Complete Appointment." You will receive a confirmation email with your date, time, and zoom information. Please be prepared with...

  • # of students attending your program

  • Any special notes or requests (including if you would prefer our staff to join your school's virtual meeting space)

  1. Once you have completed your appointment, you can add it to your personal calendar and share it with students.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have completed your intake form, you will receive an automated email from scheduling@acuityscheduling.com (NOTE: BE SURE THIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS WHITELISTED WITH YOUR IT DEPARTMENT). This will contain all of the information for your program including an Acuity link containing Zoom information. To share with your students, simply copy and paste this link into your Google Classroom. If you need to connect a different way, please indicate so in the "additional information" section of your intake form. For further questions, please respond directly to your PORTS presenter via the contact information provided in your confirmation email.

Program offerings are typically 45 minutes in length, if you need a LONGER or SHORTER program please let us know in the "additional information" section of your intake form. If you need to cancel your program, please email the presenter with at least 24 hours notice.

Do you still have questions? For more information, please see our frequently asked questions.

Book your program here!

Browse Programs by Topic

Immigration History at Angel Island State Park

Elephant Seal Adaptations at Año Nuevo State Park

Desert Animals, Habitats, and Fossils at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Women's Suffrage and Chinese History at Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

Life in a Mining Town at Bodie State Historic Park

All About Acorns at the California State Indian Museum

Giant Sequoia Ecology, Fire Ecology & Winter Adaptations at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Explore Tidepools at Carpinteria State Beach

Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution on the Central Coast

Think Like a Scientist, Wildlife Tracking, & Watersheds at
Chino Hills State Park

African American History at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Gold Rush History Columbia State Historic Park

Tidepools Animal Adaptations and Marine Protected Areas at Crystal Cove State Park

The Donner Party of 1846 at Donner Memorial State Park

California History at Fort Tejon State Historic Park

Understanding Marine Plastic Pollution on the Gaviota Coast

Art, Architecture, and Science at Hearst Castle

Elephant Seal Life Cycle at Hearst San Simeon State Park

Redwood Anatomy and Adaptations & Climate Change and Fire Ecology at Hendy Woods State Park

Redwood Heroes and Habitats at Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Wonders of Healthy Watersheds at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

California Mission History at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park

Sunburst Anemone photo by Erika Delemarre

Explore the Wonderful World of Tidepools at Leo Carrillo State Beach

California History at Los Encinos State Historic Park

Marine Mammal Adaptations & Harbor Seals at MacKerricher State Park

Gold Rush History at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Birds of Prey & the Forces that Shape the Earth at Millerton Lake State Recreation Area

Southern Sea Otters of Morro Bay State Park

Marine Habitats & Fish Lifecycle at Monterey Bay MPAs

Monarch Butterflies at Natural Bridges State Beach

090-P104820Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area© 2019, California State Parks.Photo by Brian Baer

Sand Dune Habitats & the Rock Cycle at Oceano Dunes SVRA

California History & Diverse Landscapes at Olompali State Historic Park

Mexican Rancho Era California History at Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park

Fascinating Fire Ecology at Plumas Eureka State Park

Explore the Mexican Period at Pio Pico State Park

Monarch Butterfly Lifecycles at Pismo State Beach

Kelp Forest Exploration & Point Lobos, Inc. at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Explore Redwood Ecology & Nutrient Cycles at Praire Creek Redwoods State Park

Jellyfish Adaptations & Watersheds at San Elijo State Beach

California Mission History at San Juan Bautista State Historic Park

Voices of a Gold Rush Cemetery at Shasta State Historic Park

Eelgrass Habitats & Species at Silver Strand State Beach

Impacts of Missions on California's Indigenous Peoples at Sonoma State Historic Park

California Government & History at the State Capitol Museum

Human Impacts on the Web of Life at Sugar Pine State Park

Indigenous Culture & Heritage at Sumeg Village in Sue-Meg State Park

Sutter’s Fort Through Time & Harvest and Hides at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

Salt Marsh Secrets & Understanding Climate Change at Tijuana Estuary Natural Preserve

Discover One of California's Largest Land Animals at Tule Elk State Natural Reserve

Discover Pioneer Living at William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park

Explore the Many Hats of an Early Celebrity at Will Rogers State Historic Park