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In response to the COVID-19 disruption in school instruction, PORTS is offering both our new PORTS Home Learning Programs and our PORTS On-Demand Programs to students learning in virtual classrooms.

California State Parks is proud to offer a variety of live, interactive opportunities for K-12 students to stay connected to our state's precious natural, cultural, and historical resources. Connecting your students to State Parks will allow them to explore a wealth of topics delivered by interpretive rangers across the state.

How do you connect your students to California State Parks?

PORTS On-Demand Programs

We are proud to continue offering PORTS On-Demand Programs for 15 years and counting!

Thanks to collaboration with CUE and Parks California, we're recently introduced new systems to increase access for K-12 teachers and students to our Parks.

If you're interested in connecting your class to a PORTS Home Learning Program, please visit our Home Page.

Connecting to PORTS On-Demand Programs

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

  1. Follow the link to the California State Parks PORTS Program Acuity Calendaring System above OR select from the available programs below.

  2. Select the program topic that you would like to attend.

  3. Complete the intake form and select "Complete Appointment" Be prepared with your...

  • School name

  • District

  • # of students attending your program

  • Any special notes or requests

  1. Once you have completed your appointment, you can add this appointment to your personal calendar.

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

Available Programs!

Immigration History at Angel Island State Park

Desert Animals, Habitats... and Fossils! at Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Giant Sequoia Ecology and Environmental Literacy at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Tidepools and Marine Protected Areas at Crystal Cove State Park

Gold Rush History Columbia State Historic Park

California History at Fort Humboldt State Park

Explore Marine Pollution with Gaviota State Beach

Art, Architecture, and Science at Hearst Castle

Redwoods and Fire Ecology at Hendy Woods State Park

Redwood Heroes and Habitats at Humboldt Redwoods

California Mission History at La Purisima Mission State Park

Harbor Seal Adaptations and Marine Mammals at Mackerricher State Park

Explore the Deep Sea at North Coast Marine Protected Areas

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

Sand Dune Habitats and Rock Cycles at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

Kelp Forest Ecosystems at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Watersheds and Jellyfish at San Elijo State Beach

Indigenous Culture and Heritage at Sumeg Village

Explore Keystone Species at Vann Damme State Beach

Monarch Butterflies at Natural Bridges State Beach

Elephant Seal Adaptations at Ano Nuevo State Park

Frequently Asked Questions

If I'm a teacher, can I sign up for home learning programs?

Absolutely! We'd love to have you and your students join us. Unfortunately, due to demand, we are only able to offer On-Demand programs to teachers and students, however home learning programs are open to all!

If I'm a parent, can I sign up for On-Demand Programs?

Please see above for details.

How much does this cost?

All PORTS programs offered by California State Parks for K-12 students are FREE.

How do I share a PORTS Home Learning Program with my students?

See the instructions above.

My students are using Chromebooks, how do I help them access programs on Zoom?

Please see the following Zoom Blog article for How to Use Zoom on a Chromebook.

Can I just share out the link to the PORTS Home Learning Program? Do all of my students need to register?

It is a best practice for all students to register for the PORTS Home Learning Program independently. This reserves their space in the Zoom webinar. To share the registration link please copy and paste from the calendar above.

If you would prefer a more personal experience, please schedule an On-Demand Program (see above for details).

When I follow the link, it does't show the date I want to register for.

Click on the date listed after following the registration link in our calendar. Scroll down to the program you want to attend. Complete the registration. Please note: If your chosen date is not available, it has reached it's program capacity.

Are programs recorded?

Yes! Visit our Previous Broadcasts page or check out our YouTube channel for prior PORTS Home Learning Programs.

I'm still confused!

We're here to support our teachers! If you're still struggling to connect or you still have questions, reach out to us at info@ports-ca.us.

Can I share PORTS Home Learning Programs in Google Classroom?

  1. Visit our website to share with your students and click on the Google Classroom icon in your browser to "Share to Classroom".

  2. If you can't see the Google Classroom icon in your browser , visit Google for more options.

  3. Before sharing our website, make sure you are signed-in with your G Suite for Education account.

  4. If your account doesn't appear, click on your account icon and scroll down to click "Add account".

  5. Click "Choose class" and select the class to share to. If you don't have any classes, you'll need to create one first.

  6. Click "Choose action" and select one of the following options:

    • Create assignment: This allows you to check whether students attended the webinar and include additional assessment or activities.

    • Ask question: This allows your students to respond to your question in addition to accessing our site.

    • Make an announcement: This is a great tool for sharing resources with your students but doesn't allow you to track participation.

  7. Click Go to post.

  8. Include our website (http://www.ports-ca.us) and a message on how to register (instructions above).

  9. (Optional) To view the announcement or assignment in Classroom, click View.

Visit our Digital Content Library for more teaching resources!

K-2 Story time Program from Calaveras Big Trees!

3rd-5th Animal Adaptations Program from Anza Borrego!

6th-8th Marine Protected Area Program from Point Lobos!

9th-12th Program from Angel Island Historic State Park!