Important Update: The following information pertains to our pre-pandemic programs at Stunt Ranch Reserve. We are currently working with our partners, TreePeople and the Mountains Restoration Trust, on new opportunities for teachers and their students. However, our programs are not currently available– this information is historical only.
Info for Teachers
The UCLA Stunt Ranch Reserve is a fantastic place for your students to learn about the history of the Santa Monica Mountains, local plant and animal ecology, and the ongoing research conducted at Stunt Ranch.
The Reserve – through the talent of the Cold Creek Docents – offers a three-hour school program focused on chaparral and fire ecology, geology, and early local Native American and homestead history. When students arrive, they are led on a 1.5 mile hike on the Stunt High Trail. Once in the educational zone of the Reserve they take part in a rotation of interactive activities including viewing a mural of Chumash village life, taxidermied animals native to the area, acorn grinding, “cave wall” painting, playing of Chumash games and demonstrations of tool making. Students bring brown bag lunches and return to their vehicles by trail with more interpretation along the way.
To schedule an event please call the MRT office at (818) 591-1701 ext. 202. The Cold Creek Docents charge a nominal fee, which in some cases is waived, to cover their supplies and services. The reserve itself does not charge for its use.
The list below provides an overview of the field programs that are offered, important information you should know before your visit, and two examples of the materials that are covered in the interactive learning provided by the Cold Creek Docents.