K-12 Education Programs

A Hands-on Education Experience for Students

beck trailHollister Hills State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA) is California State Parks’ first SVRA. Located in the Gabilan Mountains. This unique SVRA features over 6,800 acres of scenic and varied terrain. Visitors are drawn to the natural beauty of the park’s oak woodlands, rolling hills, lush canyons, and seasonal creeks with elevations ranging from 660 feet to 2,425 feet. Hollister Hills SVRA offers numerous off-highway vehicle (OHV) opportunities as well as designated hiking, bicycling, and equestrian trails.

The park straddles the San Andreas Fault. The North American tectonic plate (North East side) consists of clay-rich adobe soil with rolling hills covered in grassland and oak woodlands. The Pacific tectonic plate (South West) consists of granitic soil with steeper terrain with pine, sage, and chaparral taking root in the sandy soil. The Pacific and North American tectonic plates have been sliding past each other for 30 million years at a current rate of about 1.5 inches per year.

 

 

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Funding for transportation may be available through Hollister Hills Off-Road Association - please inquire in request.

Tour Options

park staff leading students on guided hikeWALK THE FAULT
geology based lessons geared towards grade 5

Description: On this natural history focused excursion, students will explore the plants, soil, and geology of the extraordinary biologically diversity of the Gavilan Hills.

Bring: Participants are encouraged to bring a snack, lunch, water, comfortable walking shoes, and dressed to play in the outdoors.

Duration: 9:30am to 1:30pm (4 stations that last 30 minutes, with a 40 minute lunch break)

Standards: this program is geared towards 5th grade age groups, and aligns with the Next Genereation Science Standards including but not limited to 4-ESS1-1 and 5-ESS3-1. (In most cases, our programs may be tailored to your group's grade level and curriculum.)

Cost: There is no charge for school tours.  School groups grades K-12 who have made a reservation at least 14 days in advance will receive free parking passes in a confirmation packet. Funding for transportation to the park may be availble - inquire upon field trip request.

Group Size: This program is designed for up to 4 classes. There are four rotating stations, one class per station.

 

WHAT LIVES IN YOUR BACKYARD?
life science based curriculum geared towards grade 2

Description: On this natural history excursion students discover the wildlife that call Gavilan Hills their home.

Bring: Participants are encouraged to bring a snack, lunch, water, comfortable walking shoes, and dressed to play in the outdoors.

Duration: 9:30am to 1pm (4 stations that last 25 minutes, with a 40 minute lunch break)

Standards: this program is geared towards 2nd grade age groups, and aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards including but not limited to 2-LS2-1, 2LS2-2, 2LS4-1, 4LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 2ESS1-1, 2ESS2-1. (In most cases, our programs may be tailored to your group's grade level and curriculum.)

Cost: There is no charge for school tours.  School groups grades K-12 who have made a reservation at least 14 days in advance will receive free parking passes in a confirmation packet. Funding for transportation to the park may be availble - inquire upon field trip request.

Group Size: This program is designed for up to 4 classes. There are four rotating stations, one class per station.

 

 

mudstone on a spring dayGUIDED HIKE

Description: choose a guided hike through Mudstone Ranch (rolling hills and grasslands) or the Nature Area (oak woodlands with seasonal creek).

Duration: 9:30am to 10:30am (1 hours)

Standards: all ages

Cost: There is no charge for school tours.  School groups grades K-12 who have made a reservation at least 14 days in advance will receive free parking passes in a confirmation packet. Funding for transportation to the park may be availble - inquire upon field trip request.

Group Size: maximum 25 (including students and chaperones)

 

General Tour Information

  • Phone (831) 636-2065
  • Email Hollister.Hills@parks.ca.gov
  • Adult chaperones and teachers are in charge of discipline and first aid on tours.
  • School group tours are only offered on FRIDAYS
  • There is no charge for school tours. School groups grades K-12 who have made a reservation at least 14 days in advance will receive free parking passes in a confirmation packet.  Other groups (senior citizens, scouts, etc) and individuals pay parking fees as follows: $5 per automobile, $50 per 10-24 passenger bus, $100 per 25-or-more-passenger bus.