Ojai Valley School’s partnership with the National Parks Service brings students to the Channel Islands each year. Thanks to the Hands On The Land grant, both Upper and Lower Campus students get a chance to camp on the islands, as well as participate in native plant restoration work, study erosion, and learn about the unique biology, geology, and Native American history of the region.
For OVS fourth graders, the trip is especially significant. They study California history, with a large unit on the Channel Islands. Not only do they spend time on Anacapa working with park rangers, they also read “Island of the Blue Dolphins” and perform a Channel Islands-themed musical for the school.
In mid-May, a group of high schoolers will backpack across the remote Santa Rosa Island, where they’ll also snorkel and kayak.