Public Education

Join us for Virtual School Field Trips for the Community

Do you have a group or learning pod that enjoys connecting with nature? Our field trips are also available for community members. Reserve Virtual Field Trips are fun, interactive and participants will meet a live animal.

The Reserve offers live, virtual field trips with our certified interpretive naturalists on the trail, engaging with your students from wherever they are.

For a complete learning experience, each grade-level program includes: 

  • 45-Minute Live, Virtual Field Trip aligned with CA NGSS and Social-Science Standards
  • 4 Pre- and Post-Field Trip Activity Pages
  • 2 Pre-Recorded “Lessons from the Field” Videos


Request field trip by completing the form below.
Virtual Community Field Trip Request Form



Public Interpretive Programs

We invite the general public to learn about The Reserve’s ecology and history while experiencing our oak-lined canyons, valley grassland, flowing streams, and scrub-covered hills.

The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo is nestled in the coastal foothills of southern Orange County.  Oak Woodlands, Coast Sage Scrub, and Valley Grasslands cloak the hills and valleys, providing a rich mosaic of habitats.    It is our goal to teach the community about the richness of California’s biodiversity.

Educational programs are offered throughout the year: nature walks, butterfly counts, wildflower wanders, bat walks, astronomy nights, hikes, owl pellet workshops, morning bird walks and counts, insect and arthropod explorations, family nature walks, mistletoe and plant walks, sunrise and sunset walks, mushroom searches, tracking for kids, and more!

The Reserve also offers seasonal indoor workshops highlighting specific wildlife:  cougars, toads and frogs, snakes, and coyotes to name a few.

Join us, you are sure to have fun and learn something too!

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