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Outdoor Education

Get Wild

We are proud to offer Outdoor Education programs to help residents get in touch with their natural environment! The programs are aimed at teaching our community about their natural habitat including native plants and animals and the many benefits they provide us. 

Guided Nature Hikes

Please come prepared with a mask, sturdy hiking shoes, hat, water, sunscreen, and binoculars for hikes. It is recommended to dress in layers. Parking is free at Camarillo Grove if registered with the event. In the event of rain, inclement weather, or poor air quality, hikes/classes will be cancelled.


Butterfly Safari Hike

Saturday, August 7, 9-11am

Ages: All     Cost: $3     Instructor: David Torfeh     Location: Mission Oaks Park
Come enjoy watching the abundance of butterflies at Mission Oaks Park and surrounding area.
Register online >

Sunflower Family Hike

Saturday, August 21, 9-11am

Ages: All     Cost: $3     Instructor: David Torfeh     Location: Camarillo Grove Park
Our largest California flowering plant family is the Sunflower Family. Many of the species in this family bloom in the summer and fall, unlike most other native flowering plants. On this hike, we will see some members of the Sunflower Family, such as California Sand Aster with small pink asterisk-like flowers, Bush
Sunflower, with large daisy-like yellow flowers having brown centers, and the cottony blossoms of Coyote Brush.
Register online >

The Things That Are Hidden From Us

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 11am-1pm 
Ages: All    Cost: $3    Instructor: Paul Lerma    Location: Camarillo Grove Park
Let us explore the secret connections of little creatures and think about their territories and their niches in the varied environment of the park. There is activity in the plant life, in the air, on the ground and under the ground. What mysteries can we discover?
Registration opens soon!

Migrating Birds Hike


Saturday, Sept. 25, 9-11am
Ages: All    Cost: $3    Instructor: David Torfeh    Location: Camarillo Grove Park
Over 100 different kinds of birds winter in our area. Some are residents and others only stay for the fall through early spring. Come meet some of them as you hike through Camarillo Grove Park.
Registration opens soon!

Fall Birds Hike

Saturday, Oct. 2, 9-11am
Ages: All    Cost: $3    Instructor: Cody Swanson    Location: Mission Oaks Park
Mission Oaks Park is alive with bird activity. Migration is in full swing. Over 100 kinds of birds can be found in our area.
Registration opens soon!

Nocturnal Creatures Class

Saturday, Oct. 16, 5-6pm
Ages: All    Cost: $3    Instructor: Mike Watling    Location: Camarillo Grove Park
This evening presentation with focus on local nocturnal creatures.
Registration opens soon!

Trail or Treat Hike

Saturday, Oct. 23, 9-11am
Ages: 0-10    Cost: $5    Location: Camarillo Grove Park
Hike the trail and answer questions about nature. Get a Nature surprise for each question you answer correctly.
Registration opens soon!

Custom Group Activity Requests Available

If your school or organization would like to rent the Nature Center for a special event or arrange for a custom field trip, please contact Katlyn Simber-Clickener (805) 482-1996.

Hiking Trail Map