Interpretive Outreach Program

Nature & California History Field Trips & Classroom Presentations for Students Grades K-6

The City of Ventura Interpretive Outreach program offers dozens of educational programs focusing on nature and California history in classroom settings and through outdoor field trips to Ventura parks, beaches and historic sites. Outreach presentations are designed to engage students with direct hands-on experience to nurture a lifelong appreciation of our environment and cultural history. School principals receive a printed catalog for their offices every April for teachers to peruse, or view the Interpretive Outreach Catalog. Parents are encouraged to bring these fun learning experiences to the attention of their child’s teacher and school PTA/PTO.


Register early for the best selection of programs and dates. Over 16,000 tri-county preschool to sixth grade students attend our exciting programs each year. Fall - reliably warm and mostly rainless - is the best season to schedule field trips. Winter and spring are better for classroom presentations when the weather is less certain.

  • April 22 - Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Schools
  • April 30 - All other schools


Sign up for the Interpretive Outreach News

  1. Registration Process
  2. Registration Forms & Policies
  3. Registration Calendar
  1. Download a request form; 2020-21 Interpretive Outreach Request Form
  2. Open form (PDF document) and “save” it to your computer
  3. Fill-out form completely (one request form per teacher)
  4. Save the form again with your school’s name  
  5. Email the request form to with the subject line:
    "IO Request & Your School Name"
    Print form and mail it to:
    Interpretive Outreach Room 218
    501 Poli Street
    Ventura CA 93001
  6. If you have questions and/or do not receive a response after 5 business days, please contact us at: 677-3961 Scheduler     -OR- 654-7706 Coordinator