Imagine watching the lights of Los Angeles fade and the stars appear or walking down the trail learning something new about the natural environment, including native plants that you can use in your own garden! Join TreePeople educators for a variety of guided activities that are fun, informative and designed for the whole family. Depending on the time of year, a variety of options are available.
Get your family and friends out of the house and onto the trails for a special tour at TreePeople’s Coldwater Canyon Park!
TreePeople is offering Eco-Tours that include a guided one-hour adventure and an optional nature craft activity. We’ll walk along the trails and visit the Dirt Doctor’s laboratory to learn about the magic of mulch, tour the urban watershed garden for a live demonstration of how rainwater flows through our environment, enjoy learning about California’s many native plants, and plant a tree seed to take home. For an added fee, you can include a nature craft activity. If you are celebrating a special occasion, inquire about adding a tree dedication to your tour.
For the morning tour, bring your lunch to picnic afterwards in our beautiful park. For the afternoon tour, bring your lunch to picnic beforehand.
All Family Tours include:
- Tour through the trails at Coldwater Canyon Park let by TreePeople educator.
- Fun-filled activities with interactive displays, hands-on learning, native plant identification and more
- Planted tree seed to take home
Appropriate for elementary-aged youth and family
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays
Session 1: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Session 2: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Optional nature craft: Add 30 minutes
$10 per attendee (10 attendee minimum / 50 attendee maximum (including yourself)
All children must have adult supervision
$50 Nature Craft
Craft Activities to choose from:
- Leaf Rub Journal
- Nature Imprint Clay Air Fresheners
Our beloved Eco-Tours are back at our beautiful Coldwater Canyon Park!
The three age/grade-appropriate tours offer synchronous learning at its best and connect with NGSS concepts. With the use of storytelling, songs, riddles, movement and more. Our tours are educational, interactive and fun!
All of our staff have been vaccinated and get weekly covid tested, proof of negative test are available upon request.
All Eco-Tours include:
- Tour through the trails at Coldwater Canyon Park led by a TreePeople educator.
- Fun-filled activities that include interactive displays, hands-on learning, native plant identification and more.
- Supplemental asynchronous BINGO activity sheet.
- Link to Magical City Forest curriculum.
Please visit ecotours.treepeople.org for available tour dates.
10:00 AM (only)
You must arrive 30 minutes before start time if your class is having a snack prior to the tour.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade - Riddles of the City Forest (1.5 hours)
This 1½-hour program takes students on a gentle hike to: visit the Dirt Doctors laboratory, receive a message from Waterdrop, discover trash-reducing items in our Treasure Chest, and plant tree seeds to grow the city forest. Through interactive games, and activities, students solve riddles about the city forest and how they can help it thrive. Each participant plants a seedling to take home (tree-care instructions included)
2nd - 4th Grade - Treasures of the City Forest (2.5 hours)
This 2½-hour program takes students on a treasure hunt in search of six Treasure Rings that symbolize natural cycles existing in the city forest. Students visit the Dirt Doctors laboratory, play the Air Exchange game and see rainstorms in our Urban Watershed Garden. The experience results in a better understanding of the city forest and how everyone can help it thrive. Each student also plants a seedling to take home (tree-care instructions included).
5th - 6th Grade - Solutions of the City Forest (1.5 hours)
This 1.5-hour program takes students on a specialized tour of the sustainable elements used at TreePeople’s Coldwater Canyon Park. Students will earn “medallions” as they determine which basic forest principle is at work throughout the park including solar panels, an underground cistern, native plants, drip irrigation, mulch and more. At the end, the medallions reveal the last, and perhaps most important forest principle that will empower students to take what they have learned and apply it to their own community.
K-2 Virtual Enrichment Lessons
Invite TreePeople to provide a 1-hour virtual enrichment lesson for your K-2 classroom! These virtual lessons are live, interactive, educational, and fun! Students become experts in different environmental topics: trees, mulch, compost, resources, water, air, leaves, seeds, and community heros. After the lesson, you receive a supplemental worksheet specific to the topic to continue the fun!
Session 1: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Session 2: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 3: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Only Tuesday – Friday tour dates are available
$100 per session for a class of up to 30 students
|A Tree is Like Me!||Students will solve a tree riddle, draw in their journal, get a gift from the trees, realize how similar to trees we are, meet Sally the Sad Tree, and learn how to take care of the trees in their neighborhood. Students will be fully engaged through song, games, and activities. The lesson ends with a specially selected book and read along – Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol-a dual language book by Maya Christina Gonzales.|
|The Dirt Doctor is In!||Students will solve a soil riddle, draw in their journal, compare the difference between healthy and unhealthy soil, and learn how to make “mulch medicine” with the Direc tDoctor. Students will be fully engaged through song, games, and activities. The lesson ends with a specially selected book and read along –Dirt: The Scoop On Soil by Natalie Rosinsky.|
|Can You Cook Compost?||Students will solve a compost riddle, draw in their journal, learn about compost, and how to compost at home. They will make some worm friends and experience a virtual tour of what the inside of a compost bin looks like — critters and all! Students will be fully engaged through song, games, and activities. The lesson ends with a specially selected book and read along — Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin.|
|Discover Nature’s Treasures in Disguise||Students will solve a resource riddle, discover a treasure chest filled with nature’s treasures in disguise, learn ways to protect our natural resources by doing the 3 R’s, and hear a special story about a character that re-used his clothing to create something new! Students will be fully engaged through song, games, and activities. The lesson ends with a specially selected book and read along — The Adventures of an Aluminum Can by Alison Inches.|
|A Meeting With Waterdrop||Students will solve a water riddle, draw in their journal, create a rainstorm right in their home, get a message from Waterdrop and learn ways to conserve water. Students will be fully engaged through song, games, and activities. The lesson ends with a specially selected book and read along — Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts.|
|Look! The Air Out There||Students will solve the air riddle, draw in their journal, learn ways to see, feel, and hear the air around them, make the connection between oxygen and carbon dioxide, and discover our connection to trees. Students will be fully engaged through song, games, and activities. The lesson ends with a specially selected book and read along — The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins.|
|Let’s Go to the Seed Museum!||Students will solve a seed riddle, draw in their journal, and get to become a seed themselves experiencing the seed cycle. They will visit our seed museum and learn how to make their own seed viewers! Students will be fully engaged through song, games, and activities. The lesson ends with a specially selected book and read along — The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.|
|Can You Be an Eco-Hero?||Students will solve a hero’s riddle, draw in their journal, and discover the different environmental acts that make a true hero. Using a fun home scavenger hunt, students will go through the journey from Eco-Minded to Eco-Hero, and create their own hero insignia. Students will be fully engaged through song, games, and activities. The lesson ends with a specially selected book and read along — I Am a Super Hero by Juliane Green.|
TreePeople’s Traveling Dirt Doctor!
Invite our traveling Dirt Doctor to your classroom! Through an interactive presentation, TreePeople’s “Doctor Dirt” will share with students about the importance of healthy soil, tell a story about the trash-reducing items in a special treasure chest, and invite them to plant a tree seed to grow and take home (tree care instructions included). This 1-hour presentation is engaging, educational, fun, and connects with NGSS concepts.
All our staff that goes to school sites have been vaccinated and get tested weekly for COVID-19. Proof of negative tests are available upon request.
All Classroom visits include:
- Fun-filled activities
- Tree seed with soil and tube container
$150 per classroom of up to 25 maximum participants
Looking for an adventure? Come howl at the moon and explore our trails after dark! Join us for our Moonlight Hikes, where we explore our beautiful Coldwater Canyon Park and neighboring Wilacre Park—after hours! We welcome hikers of all ages and experience levels to enjoy the outdoors with us.
Grab a flashlight and join us to experience the beautiful Los Angeles evening skyline and walk under the light of the moon.
- Relaxing Stroll– Slow paced to take in all the beauty and sounds around you, for kids and kids at heart
- Brisk Walk– A great trail filled with fun facts, and a hill challenge at the end with a terrific view!
- Trek Hike– A 2-mile power hike with incredible views that leave you breathless with a sense of accomplishment at climbing a mountain!
Tuesday - Saturday Only
$10 per person for a minimum of 10 people / maximum 50 (including yourself), children under 3 are free
Children must have adult supervision
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