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.
In just the first few weeks of the 2018-2019 school year, middle and high school students have participated in restoration work as part of their fall camping trips to Santa Cruz Island, where they also snorkeled, hiked and kayaked. This year, the restoration work for students in grades 7, 10, 11 and 12 included harvesting seeds from native plants as well as removal of invasive plant species.
Later this year, high school students will backpack across the remote Santa Rosa Island and fourth-graders will venture to Anacapa Island.