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Learning Among the Oaks

Connecting kids, nature, and land

Help us build a community of kids who care about nature and each other

See how we’re changing young lives

“I have learned that being an Oak Ambassador means more than just knowing about animals, oaks, rocks and other parts of nature. It means being responsible, respectful, and helpful to nature and teaching others to do the same.”

—- Boone, 5th grade Oak Ambassador

About Learning Among the Oaks

Learning Among the Oaks (LATO) is The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County‘s (LCSLO) nature education and youth conservation leadership program delivered through three public school bases, each with its own associated oak nature trail for educational hikes, field studies and stewardship experiences.

These services reach more than 2,000 people each year, mostly children and families, many from underserved communities. LATO’s place-based learning and integration with public school programs means that experiences are relevant to kids’ everyday lives and that kids from a variety of backgrounds have the chance to participate.

Together, we’re building a community of kids who care about nature and each other.

What LATO has been up to

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No plans Saturday morning? The Santa Margarita Oak Ambassadors are leading a very special hike from 9-11 am. Sign up at the link in our bio to hike the beautiful Santa Margarita Ranch LATO trail and explore the summer oak woodlands with these great young people.

Hope to see you there!
💚💚 Team Learning Among the Oaks💚💚

#optoutside
#youthnaturalists
#oakambassadors
#guidednaturewalks
#learningamongtheoaks
#santamargaritaca
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No plans Saturday morning? The Santa Margarita Oak Ambassadors are leading a very special hike from 9-11 am. Sign up at the link in our bio to hike the beautiful Santa Margarita Ranch LATO trail and explore the summer oak woodlands with these great young people. 

Hope to see you there! 
💚💚 Team Learning Among the Oaks💚💚

#optoutside 
#youthnaturalists 
#oakambassadors 
#guidednaturewalks 
#learningamongtheoaks 
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It’s hot out there! But even with the high temperatures today the Gateway to Nature Garden and Monarch Waystation in Santa Margarita was full of life.

How many native pollinators can you see? How many introduced pollinators? Don’t forget to look closely for tiny critters as you explore nature this holiday weekend.
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It’s hot out there! But even with the high temperatures today the Gateway to Nature Garden and Monarch Waystation in Santa Margarita was full of life.

How many native pollinators can you see? How many introduced pollinators? Don’t forget to look closely for tiny critters as you explore nature this holiday weekend.Image attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

What a wonderful morning at Santa Rita Ranch! Oak Ambassador Sullivan and volunteer Sally helped lead a fun nature walk and exploration. Highlights included:
-Admiring serpentine
-Catching and observing bumblebees
-Enjoying the view and learning about rattlesnakes
-Exploring the lakeside and finding a coot nest
-Aquatic snail shells
-Butterflies and dragonflies everywhere!
-New friends

Hope you can join us on our next adventure!
@landconservancyslo
#learningamongtheoaks
#landconservancyslo
#nature
#NatureExploration
#kidsoutdoors
#environmentaleducation
#oakambassadors
#slo
#sanluisobispocounty
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What a wonderful morning at Santa Rita Ranch! Oak Ambassador Sullivan and volunteer Sally helped lead a fun nature walk and exploration. Highlights included:
-Admiring serpentine
-Catching and observing bumblebees
-Enjoying the view and learning about rattlesnakes
-Exploring the lakeside and finding a coot nest
-Aquatic snail shells
-Butterflies and dragonflies everywhere!
-New friends

Hope you can join us on our next adventure!
@landconservancyslo 
#learningamongtheoaks 
#landconservancyslo 
#nature 
#natureexploration 
#kidsoutdoors 
#environmentaleducation 
#oakambassadors 
#slo 
#sanluisobispocountyImage attachmentImage attachment+7Image attachment

We’re hiring a bilingual English-Spanish Educator! Come join our amazing team!

The LATO Educator works with students, school staff, volunteers, and community partners to support the delivery of a spectrum of projects designed to engage children and families in exploring, learning about, and caring for nature close to home. This role provides essential guidance and mentorship to students, Oak Ambassadors, and volunteers.

Interested in applying? Or know someone who might be? Go to this link for more info!

lcslo.org/jobs/

#educator #hiring #lcslo #youtheducation #getoutdoors
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We’re hiring a bilingual English-Spanish Educator! Come join our amazing team!

The LATO Educator works with students, school staff, volunteers, and community partners to support the delivery of a spectrum of projects designed to engage children and families in exploring, learning about, and caring for nature close to home. This role provides essential guidance and mentorship to students, Oak Ambassadors, and volunteers.

Interested in applying? Or know someone who might be? Go to this link for more info!

https://lcslo.org/jobs/

#educator #hiring #lcslo #youtheducation #getoutdoors

Have you ever wished you could go on a Learning Among the Oaks hike? Are you curious about how our youth Oak Ambassadors educate and inspire the kids that come on our field trips?

Now you can! Join us this summer for these very special 1.5 mile hikes. Everyone is welcome, bring the whole family! Accessibility accommodations are available. Sign up at the links in our Linktree👆

Saturday June 29th, Santa Rita Ranch, Templeton CA
Saturday July 13th, Santa Margarita Ranch, Santa Margarita CA
Saturday July 27th, Pismo Preserve, Pismo Beach CA
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Have you ever wished you could go on a Learning Among the Oaks hike? Are you curious about how our youth Oak Ambassadors educate and inspire the kids that come on our field trips? 

Now you can! Join us this summer for these very special 1.5 mile hikes. Everyone is welcome, bring the whole family! Accessibility accommodations are available. Sign up at the links in our Linktree👆

Saturday June 29th, Santa Rita Ranch, Templeton CA
Saturday July 13th, Santa Margarita Ranch, Santa Margarita CA
Saturday July 27th, Pismo Preserve, Pismo Beach CA

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Yes! The first one is tomorrow. So sorry for the late notice. You can always call us at the office to sign up as well.

Excited for our program, part of The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, to be a featured organizational member of the California Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education - AEOE!

AEOE strengthens environmental education in California by connecting providers, building professional expertise, and championing environmental literacy and outdoor learning. It envisions a world where every young person lives in a healthy community with access to meaningful learning experiences outdoors.

#learningamongtheoaks #outdooreducation #environmentaleducation #getoutside #sanluisobispoToday's member spotlight: Learning Among the Oaks!

Learning Among the Oaks (LATO) is The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County‘s (LCSLO) nature education, environmental conservation, and youth leadership program. Delivered through public schools, LATO students engage in educational hikes, field studies, and stewardship experiences.
The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County conserves and cares for the diverse wildlands, farms, and ranches of the Central Coast in hopes of connecting people to the land and to each other.

Learn more: learningamongtheoaks.org/
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Excited for our program, part of The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, to be a featured organizational member of the California Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education - AEOE! 

AEOE strengthens environmental education in California by connecting providers, building professional expertise, and championing environmental literacy and outdoor learning. It envisions a world where every young person lives in a healthy community with access to meaningful learning experiences outdoors.

#learningamongtheoaks #outdooreducation #environmentaleducation #getoutside #sanluisobispo
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I have learned to love nature, to be one with nature, and to value nature.

- Rosie, Oak Ambassador, 4th grade

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Our Partners & Supporters

San Luis Obispo County Fish and Game Fines Committee

Rod Hoadley ~ Peak Racks

Marguerite Costigan and Terry Sanville

Ann Robinson

Brisco Foundation

Joan Collier

Barlow Family Foundation

Justin Community Grants

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Randy and Sally Knight

Christine Harvey

Mankins Foundation

Marney and Roger Briggs

James F. Maino and Lisa Kilburn

Maxwell-Hanrahan Foundation

Warren and Carol Sinsheimer

DeVos Family Foundation

 

Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department (Professors John Perrine and Emily Taylor)