The Teen Leadership and Outdoor Adventure Program is free for teens between the ages of 13 to 16 who are interested in exploring the great outdoors a well as learning about restoration and conservation of wild lands. Teens meet twice a month at the Santiago Park Nature Center for educational sessions to learn about the many aspects of observing and participating in nature. Teens study about water ecosystems, arachnids, marine life, birding, reptiles and amphibians, the wonders of the desert, camping skills, and much more.
Educational sessions are followed by field labs where teens apply their knowledge with hands-on scientific research, including flora and fauna surveys, sample collection, hydrological testing, recreation impact monitoring, and geological studies. Field labs provide opportunities for experimentation, exploration, and over-night campouts where teens learn and play in many different natural environments.
Teens also participate in volunteer and community service projects and special events that focus on habitat restoration, propagation and protection of native plant species, removal of non-native plant species, construction of nesting boxes, train maintenance, creek clean-up projects, and leading interpretive tours for the public.
Santiago Park Nature Center
600 E. Memory Lane
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Educational sessions are conducted the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and field labs are scheduled on weekends with advanced notice.
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