Animal and Nature Studies
One of the most unique aspects of our school is the Science & Nature Center. The Science & Nature Center is home to over 75 animals, including a reptile house, hoofstock, and an aviary. Each week, students spend time in the Science & Nature Center discovering interesting facts as they discuss the history and origins of each breed. Studying and caring for the animals under the direction of our animal and nature specialist helps our students to develop a sense of responsibility and respect for all living things and brings real life lessons in science, discovery, nature, history and wonder to our students.
For the Elementary Division, Animal & Nature Studies lessons are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and cover the entire life science curriculum. Topics of study include:
- Animal Care & Husbandry
- Animal Behavior
- Evolution & Genetics
The curriculum is introduced in Lower Elementary (TK-1st grade) at a basic level "1.0" and and at a more advanced level "2.0" in Upper Elementary (2nd-5th grade).
*Note: This program is available for Oxnard Campus students. Collins Campus students will have opportunities to visit the Science and Nature Center throughout the year.