Education Programs

PORTS Program

Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) Programs provides K-12 students the opportunity to connect with the diverse cultural, natural, and historic resources of our State through virtual field-trip experiences.  The Oceano Dunes SVRA is excited to offer a new PORTS Program titled "Discovering the Dunes".  During the live video conference, State Park Interpeters will immerse students into the coastal sand dune habitat.  Students will learn about sand dune formation and the rock cycle, in addition to discovering what animals have adapted to survive in this habitat.  

Teachers who are interested in registering their class for this FREE virtual field trip experience, can register online at

OHV Junior Ranger Program

In the summer of 2019, the Oceano Dunes SVRA launched an OHV Junior Ranger Program for children ages 7-12 years old.  Children are invited to join California State Park Interperters for fun and engaging lessons to learn more about rider safety.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on in-person programming, the OHV Junior Ranger Program is currently on hold until further notice.   Free downloadable activity guides on this topic can be found in the links below! 

Oceano Dunes District Visitor Center

The Oceano Dunes District Visitor Center is located at 555 Pier Avenue, at the entrance to the Oceano Campground.   Visitors are encouraged to stop by the visitor center to learn more about the park and pick up a free park map brochure as they plan their adventure for the Oceano Dunes SVRA.   Knowledgeable State Park Staff are also available to answer questions. 

Image of building of visitor center with grey sky
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the visitor center is currently closed until further notice.


Junior Lifeguard Program

The objective of the Oceano Dunes Junior Lifeguard Program is to provide quality water safety education. Further, the program is designed to improve young people's physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, and their respect for themselves, their peers and their parents.

Lifeguards in the water
Recreational objectives are accomplished by instruction and practice in open water swimming, paddle boarding, body surfing, body boarding, surfboard riding, skin diving, and self rescue. Respect for the environment is increased by the understanding gained by the student’s daily physical contact with the environment and through lecture and discussion of pertinent marine and environmental topics. Increased respect for themselves is gained through the student’s personal progress and pride in self-accomplishment. Respect for others is increased by the student’s constant contact with compassionate Instructors and by working with other youths in a team-building environment.

For more information, visit the Junior Lifeguard Program Page.

Activity Guides for Kids

Oceano Dunes SVRA Adventure Guide [PDF]

Oceano Dunes SVRA Jr. Ranger Activity Guide [PDF]

Parent's Answer Guide to the Jr. Ranger Activity Guide [PDF]

Marine Protected Areas Activity Guide [PDF]

Augmented Reality Coloring Sheets

California State Park Coloring Pack on QuiverVision:

Off Highway Vehicle Safety Gear 

Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle

Western Snowy Plover