Interpretive Outreach Programs

General Information

Living History Field Trips for 3rd & 4th Grade

For 40 years, the City of Ventura’s Interpretive Outreach Program has offered teachers and students interactive educational programs at local historic sites. This year's programs include the "Gold Rush" and "Olivas Adobe Historic Rancho".

During a living history field trip, students are actively engaged as they learn through hands-on experience. These programs aim to nurture a life-long appreciation of our cultural history.


Gold Rush – 3rd & 4th Grade

Gold Pan Pete and Strike-It-Rich Sam, our own ‘49ers, will share lively gold tales and amazing facts! Students will learn where the first claim was, how it was mined, and the impact gold had on Ventura County and California.

Olivas Adobe Historic Rancho – 4th Grade

The California Rancho Period will come to life as you hear the story of wealthy rancher Don Raymundo Olivas, his family, and the expansive adobe home he built between 1847 and 1849. Students will tour an authentic adobe home and try their hand at typical rancho chores.

2023-2024 Registration

Registration for the 2023-2024 Interpretive Outreach Program is now closed.  Our schedule is full at this time. However, if you'd like to be added to the program Wait List, please fill out and submit an IOP Registration Form.

View full details and registration information in the program brochure below:

Email Interest List

To stay up to date on future Interpretive Outreach Program offerings, add your contact information to the interest list.

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Virtual Living History Fieldtrip Video series

Because we LOVE bringing “history to life”, we have created a series of educational videos sharing Life on the Olivas Adobe Rancho. We hope you enjoy the videos as much as we enjoyed creating them.

View the video Series!