Docent-led Program

Docent-led Children’s Program


A hands-on experience: listen to a 20 minute subject presentation under Torrey pine trees and overlooking the ocean. Hike the trails in small groups led by a docent naturalist for a personal encounter with nature tied to the presentation topic. Visit the Lodge Museum to see the animals you may have missed on the trail. Many schools walk to the beach level via the park road for a picnic lunch at the end of the guided walk.

Quick Links:
Reservation Request Form
Bus Grant info

Program topics:

  1. Reserve, Plants and Habitats (grades 2-5)
  2. Ecosystems and Food Chains (grades 3-5)
  3. Geology (grades 2-5)
  4. Native Americans, the Kumeyaay Indians (grades 3 & 4)
  5. Ocean, Whales & Dolphins (grades 2-5); offered Dec-Feb only

Grades: 2-5; multi-age groups only if adjacent, i.e. 2-3, or 3-4 classrooms

Group size: No more than 88 total; plan to split into groups of 8 for guided walks; 1 chaperone per 8 students

Program length: 2-2.5 hours

Days/Times offered: First Friday morning of the month plus Tuesday and Thursday mornings, September to May (Please take note that the days are different from previous years.)

Fees: Free. Donations to the Docent Society are appreciated and help keep programs available. Bus Grants are available for Title 1 schools. Please click here for more Bus Grant info. Approved groups will receive a pass at the entrance kiosk.  If the kiosk is not staffed,  you must contact staff at the Lodge/Ranger HQ, located in the Visitor Center to receive a vehicle pass for your dashboard. No photocopied passes will be accepted.

Preparation: Please review the Reserve regulations with all children and adults. The information is listed on the main Educational Program page. See also the page on Resources. Upon confirmation of your field trip date, we will send you a list of helpful tips.

Booking Requirements: Reservations for each school year start on August 15th and spaces fill up quickly. No telephone requests will be taken. Please use the Reservation Request Form.

For questions/problems contact: