California Field Trips

A Los Angeles Aquarium Not to Be Missed

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Surrounds One of the joys of parenthood is cycling back to your richest childhood experiences; it’s always rewarding to find the place that you went to growing up—is still as great as you remembered it. Cabrillo Beach is this sort of a rich memory for me. There are 5 things I […]

California Field Trips

California History Field Trips

5 Places to Visit to Get a Great Bearing in California History While attending conferences, many have asked if I have a list of California field trips. This article is the beginning of that list – for a few regions at least. Areas above San Francisco, Central Valley, deserts, and San Diego area, I’ll get […]

California Places

Urban Wildlife in the City of Angels

Lions, in Los Angeles? Last week I had the great fortune to come speak about urban wildlife in my youngest son’s 3rd grade class at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts. The school is located in a unique place within Los Angeles, close to the LA River. Ever since I heard about the challenges […]

California Field Trips

Looking to visit a California Gold Rush town? Columbia State Historic Park’s Your Ticket!

Here’s another post related to travel.  Where is my mind these days?  Obviously in other places! This post is for families looking for a great Gold Rush boomtown to learn more about California history.  My pick:  Columbia State Historic Park.  The first time I went there, I was in the 3rd grade or so.  (My […]

California Field Trips

Must See Los Angeles Architecture for Kids

Again, I digress from some of my recent homeschool info topics to explore a niche very particular to Los Angeles.  Because…I truly love architecture.  Some of my favorite memories from my childhood were touring historic homes in Los Angeles.  I can still remember the wonderful smells of those old homes. As we homeschooled, I knew […]

California Camping

San Simeon State Park — An Ideal Base for Exploring the California Coast

This fall, my family and I went camping to San Simeon State Park for the 3-day Veteran’s Day weekend.  About a 4-hour drive north of Los Angeles, it was a great location for exploring the coastal areas south of Monterey–Big Sur to Morro Bay. Hearst San Simeon State Park, about 5 miles south of Hearst […]

California Camping

Mineral King, CA: The Road Less Traveled in the Sequoias

      Mineral King, a scarcely known destination within California, is a gem to behold; it’s a destination in league with the Swiss Alps.  Arrival at such a location is not accidental though; it took our family about 3.5 hours to get from Los Angeles to Visalia.  Continuing on to the town of Three […]