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Discovery Program Classroom in the Park

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Attention Educators!

Located throughout San Diego County, the Discovery Program immerses students and teachers in nature related activities to learn first-hand about the science and history of the environment.

The Discovery Program is currently offered at Louis Stelzer County Park and Lindo Lake County Park in Lakeside, as well as at Dos Picos County Park in Ramona.

The program has assisted thousands of educators and their students explore the wealth of nature in their own backyards. Each Discovery Kit is customized to fit the special characteristics of the park. Each hands-on course includes:

  • Pre-field trip activities for classroom use
  • Hands-on field trip activities in the park
  • And post-field trip activities for classroom and home use. 

All curriculum is correlated with the California Science Framework standards and includes information on the  Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP).

Louis Stelzer Discovery Kit Options:                                             
For more information or to schedule a Ranger visit and/or field trip, please e-mail Ranger Christine Dillon at

Birds of Stelzer ParkGrades K - 1
Nature Awareness and General EcologyGrades 1 - 3
Native American HistoryGrades 2 - 4
Plants of San Diego County Grades 4 - 6
Geology Study of Stelzer Park Grades 4 - 6

Lakeside County Park Discovery Kit Options:
For information or to schedule a Ranger visit and/or field trip, please e-mail Ranger Patty Heyden at

Aquatic EcologyAll Ages
Birding BasicsAll Ages
Native American HistoryAll Ages
Plants of San Diego CountyAll Ages

Dos Picos Discovery Kit Options:
To see images of the program in action, see this. For information or to schedule a Ranger visit and/or a field trip, please e-mail Ranger Kyle at

Trees and Forest EcologyAll Ages
GeologyAll Ages
Native American HistoryAll Ages
Plants with Lego PhotosynthesisAll Ages
Insect with Build-A-BugGrades 4-6


Discovery Kit Sponsorship Opportunities:
This program would not be possible without sponsors to supplement the program's costs. Please click here  to get involved and learn more about how your business or organization can expand resources for children's outdoor education.  



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