We partner extensively with local agencies that serve youth in order to support them in their work. We provide natural science education programming, including staff, transportation and meaningful experiences all around Monterey County, at no cost to families.
Programs & Activities
Special Programs Offered Through MPRPD's Let's Go Outdoors!
Ventana Wildlife Society was offered a wonderful opportunity to partner with Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District (MPRPD) to lead special programs for their Let's Go Outdoors program.
VWS Lead Programs in Partnership with MPRPD:
• Animals Talk - Virtual
Animals communicate just like we do! Well...maybe not EXACTLY like we do. What does it mean when a skunk does a handstand, or a condor’s head turns pale? Learn about the four methods of communication and start listening to what the animal world has to say. Instructor: Alexandra Ponko (appropriate for ages 8-12)
- Sunday, Sept. 11th, 2022 4-5pm Online
• Exploring Nature with Children - Palo Corona Regional Park
Join us to learn engaging ways to connect your child with nature. An experienced Ventana Wildlife Society Educator will cover fun, educational and reflective activities to help all ages engage meaningfully with nature. Parents and children of all ages welcome! Instructor: TBD (appropriate for all ages)
- Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 2022 4-5pm In-person.
- Sunday, Jan 29, 2023 4-5pm In-person.
Meet Us at the Farmer's Market
Offering FREE Natural Science Education with arts and craft activities - while you shop, drop off your children (age 6 and up) to explore our nature table and create a craft to take home.
WHEN: Every Tuesday, 11:00AM - 4:00PM
WHERE: 632 East Alisal, SALINAS
In the parking lot of the WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) Center
WHEN: Every Thursday, 2:30PM - 8:00PM
WHERE: 11261 Crane Street, CASTROVILLE
located in the parking lot of North Monterey County Parks and Recreation
Class Programs for Teens and their Teacher
Teens involved in alternative education programs are often facing the harsh realities of poverty, homelessness, drug addiction, violence and more. They need and deserve opportunities to de-stress in the beauty of nature, help to make better life choices, and guidance to be motivated and empowered to contribute towards a better community. Our program partnerships with alternative education programs complement in class curriculum, and increase watershed literacy, school attendance and grades. This program is funded by NOAA B-WET.
• A full school year of meaningful watershed education experiences!
Students in each of these programs can ask their teachers about us:
- John Muir Charter School at the Taylor AgVoc Center and Drummond Academy
- Monterey County Office of Education, Alternative Education Programs
- Monterey Peninsula Unified School District's Central Coast Community School
We have worked with youth and family focused organizations and programs since 1999 to provide free, meaningful outdoor experiences for underserved communities. Our current partners are highlighted in BLUE.
Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County
BSA Scouts of America
Cachagua Community Center
City of Gonzales Parks & Recreation
City of Marina Teen Center
City of Marina Youth Center
City of Salinas Public Library
Community Human Services
Community Partnership for Youth
First Tee of Monterey County
Gilroy Youth Center
Girl Scouts of America
Gonzales Leadership Club
Greenfield Community Center
John Muir Charter School
King City Police Activity League
Monterey County Free Libraries
Monterey County Office of Education Alternative Education
Monterey County Home Charter School
Monterey County Office of Education Migrant Education
Monterey County Probation Youth Center
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Alternative Education
North Monterey County Recreation District
Recruitment in Science Education
Salinas Police Activities League
Salvation Army, Kids Café
San Jerardo Migrant Camp
Soledad Mission Recreation District