California Land and Sea


For grades 8 -9



Course Description:

This course will focus on fascinating elements of our local ecology, both on land and in the surrounding waters. We will have oceanographic investigations to study sea water variables such as salinity and temperature, as well as studying marine life in the laboratory in addition to kayaking and tidepooling activities.  On land, students will engage in geologic investigations, plant classification, and wetlands  ecology investigations. After discussing sustainable fishing practices, the class will visit a fish market to shop for our Sustainable Seafood Cook Off.  In addition to local field trips, the class will involve an overnight trip to more fully explore both land and ocean ecosystems. Students will conduct culminating presentations in small groups as well as prepare an individual journal of the activities, discussions, and experiments conducted throughout this course.  This is a perfect class for students interested in the interrelationships between land and sea and help us to us to better understand our dynamic planet.


More Information:

Schedule and detailed information is available to students and their families via Oakwood Connected.


Emergency & Faculty Contact information:

In the event of an emergency during an overnight trip, you can contact us at the following numbers.  We will have direct access to all travel groups.

During school hours: Call Tree at (818) 732-3000 or Phu Tranchi at (818) 732-3195.

Justin Sweitzer:                         (818) 732-3022

Melanie Magdaleno:           (818) 732-3196