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Natural and cultural history interpretive programs

Check our School Nature Programs flier for detailed descriptions, age requirements, and fees. Additional topics are provided by special request but depend on staff availability.


A student dresses as a pond insect to illustrate its features.

Quick Facts
Audience: school and community groups preschool age and up
Group size: maximum is normal class size of 20-32 depending on age group
Where: programs are offered in Sycamore Grove and other local parks year-round; we also travel to local schools to present in-class programs
Dates offered: programs are offered year-round on weekdays; however, there are a limited number of time slots available
Reservation start date: reservations for each school year begin August 1
Fees: there is a fee charged to cover the cost of providing the program with an additional fee for groups from outside the LARPD service area

General Description
The programs offered by park rangers help students and community groups discover what is special about some gems of the local area, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District’s parks and historic sites.

As they explore with a ranger, participants can discover amazing creatures and plants or step back in time to see how people lived in different time periods. These active, hands-on programs keep students involved and stimulate their curiosity. Programs presented to school groups can help teachers meet state standards.

What we offer
What makes a mammal a mammal? How do owls find food in the dark? What can you do to find out if your local stream is healthy? What was life like for the Ohlone people before Europeans arrived? These are just a few of the questions that are answered in our programs.

From natural history to cultural history topics, LARPD park rangers offer programs that emphasize student participation and hands-on activities.

Some of our program offerings:

In the Field
Life in the Pond
California Indians
Victorian Life at Ravenswood Historic Site

In the Classroom (offered November 1 – April 15)
Mammalian Madness
In the Dark
Creepy Crawlers
California Indians

Free Water Education Series!

Thanks to a grant from the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program, LARPD is able to offer a series of three ranger-led programs free-of-charge to fourth and fifth grade classes in the Tri-Valley. Find out more -- view Water Education Series flier!.


Teachers who have already enrolled in our water education series are encouraged to check out our new, improved Educator's Guide.


How to register
For more information or to schedule programs, call the LARPD Ranger Office at 925-960-2400 or email Include the program(s) you are interested in, your school, grade level, number of students and a few potential dates and times.

We begin taking registration for the upcoming school year on August 15.

Programs are scheduled in the order the requests are received.