Re-Imagining the School Field Trip to California State Parks

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California is home to some of the country’s most unique and precious cultural, natural, and historic resources, and a new PassPORTS online adventure will help make it possible for students from across the state to experience them.

Through a new partnership with CUE and Parks California, California State Parks is re-imagining how K-12 students connect with our parks.

We are excited embark on this adventure to provide deep and meaningful digital learning experiences for K-12 students and invite them for a virtual visit to our parks, recreation areas, natural reserves and culturally important places when the time is right for schools.

Take Our Survey!

Educators, would you help us design the passPORTS virtual and in-person field trip experience?

We want to hear from you (teachers, principals, administrators, and staff) in school districts or county offices of education around the state.


Please take 10 minutes to share your opinion and experiences with field trips in our survey: bit.ly/passports-survey


We respect your privacy. This survey is anonymous.

Connecting with California State Parks has never been easier!

California State Parks PORTS Programs offers a variety of ways to connect K-12 Teachers and students to our parks.

Thanks to our new collaboration with CUE we're providing K-12 Teachers with low-prep, customization, and ready to use resources for digital and in-person connections to California State Parks. Did we mention these resources will be completely free?!

Keep reading to discover existing resources!

What will you learn with California State Parks?

We surveyed over 10,000 PORTS Home Learning Program participants and asked them what they discovered from their virtual field trip experience with California State Parks and this word cloud reflects what they learned. See what your students can discover with California State Parks in our Digital Content Library or keep reading to discover K-12 Teacher resources.

Teacher Resources

All Grade Levels

Grades K-2

Guides your students in learning about Giant Sequoias! with Calaveras Big Trees!

Explore Junior Ranger Resources from all across the state!

Grades 3-5

Explore Angel Island Immigration Station Curriculum Guides

Explore California History with Virtual Reality at Columbia State Historic Park and La Purisima Mission State Park!

Join us to Take the Pledge to preserve and protect our Redwood State Parks!

Explore indigenous Cultures with a 360 tour of Chumash Painted Cave

Grades 6-8

Print and Discover with the California Coastal Explorers Guide

Explore the Point Lobos Smithsonian Learning Lab PBL Unit!

Play the Redwood Kingdom Card game from Save the Redwoods League

Grades 9-12

Discover the Coast Redwood Canopy App from Timelooper!

Explore California State Parks Smithsonian Learning Lab Collections! This is a great resource for all grade levels!

Check out our PORTS YouTube channel to find an abundance of videos from park interpreters all across California!

Explore More Teacher Resources Curated by Individual Park on our PORTS On-Demand page!

Our interpretive team at San Elijo State Beach!

How much do these programs cost?

California State Parks PORTS Programs and digital resources are a free resource to the public!

What subjects do you cover?

Our programs touch on a variety of topics ranging from environmental science and conservation to cultural and regional history.

This is great? How can I share this?

You can help us provide access to more K-12 students across California and around the globe by sharing our website on social media with the tag #PORTSfan. You can also follow us on social media @PORTSprogram with Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

State Parks is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and is committed to following the state’s updated policy on social gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information on how State Parks is supporting the state’s COVID-19 efforts, please follow California State Parks on its social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.