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Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD) Programs

The following PVPUSD programs are funded by Los Serenos, community grants and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Fourth Grade Natural History Program
4th Grade Program The Fourth Grade Natural History Program highlights the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s rich cultural history, diverse plant life and unique geology as it relates to the California State Standards for Fourth grade students. The program consists of activities and tours led by the docents of Los Serenos de Point Vicente in conjunction with a field trip to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. The program includes a keepsake workbook for each student as well as pre- and post- testing material. It is designed to complement the student’s academic lessons while providing a sense of stewardship and pride for the wonders of the Peninsula. The program is open to all fourth grade PVPUSD Students.
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The Sixth Grade Geology Program
Forrestal geologyThe Sixth Grade Geology Program is comprised of a field trip and a docent led nature hike in Forrestal Nature Reserve. The Docents of Los Serenos de Point Vicente provide visiting students with insights regarding the unique geology and special habitat of the Palos Verdes Peninsula as they relate to the California State Earth Science Standards for sixth grade students. The program is designed to enhance the in class curriculum and give students a local frame of reference and practical application for what they have learned. The program is offered to all sixth grade students.
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Junior Docent Program
Junior Docents at Catalina IslandThe Los Serenos de Point Vicente Junior docent program is open to Peninsula, Palos Verdes and Chadwick high school students. The program was designed to complement the existing educational and support activities provided by the members of Los Serenos including museum tours, hikes support, whale wagon duty and special event participation. The program offers high school students community service opportunities and strives to instill an understanding and appreciation for the dynamics and fragility of the natural world around them, while also providing fulfilling and rewarding experiences for its participants. Beyond the eight weeks of training classes and 36 hours of annual commitment, the program currently includes activities such as field trips to the tide pools at Abalone Cove, opportunities to hone presentation and public speaking skills, as well as a chance to work with fellow members and RPVTV staff and volunteers on the Junior Docent Nature Series. Currently airing series include:
Jr. Docent Nature Series
Episode I The Brown Pelican, Marineland, Sea Anemone
Episode II (Part 1) Fossils
Episode II (Part 2) Palos Verdes Lighthouse & Lighthouse Ghost
If you are interested in becoming a Junior Docent, please click HERE for a more detailed description of the Junior Docent responsibilities; please click HERE for an application form in a PDF format. Please click HERE for complete instructions pertaining to completing this form.
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Whale of a World (WOW) Outreach Program
Abalone CoveThis program funds the buses for field trips and educational material for Title I elementary schools in local areas of Los Angeles County. The program is funded through community and foundation grants. The WOW Outreach Program uses the allure of the ocean and its inhabitants plus the exhibits at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center (PVIC) museum to raise the students' awareness of how conservation and preservation impacts the native and coastal habitat and wildlife that exist in these environments. The program attempts to stimulate the students' interest in learning by providing experiences that will enhance their education plus raise their self-esteem and effect a positive change. The students will have an opportunity to visit one of three sites: The Point Vicente Interpretive Center, the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park tide pools, and the Forrestal Nature Reserve. Additionally, an educational workbook including pre- and post- activities is also provided and selected classes have an opportunity to publish and receive a memory book of their visit. For a White Paper describing this program in more detail, please click HERE (PDF format).
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Puppet Show
Puppets Do you want a fun and exciting introduction to tide pools? This animated puppet show, created in 2017, uses the magic of puppets in an interactive teaching style to introduce curious young children to the wonders of tide pool sea creatures that live along the rocky shoreline.  Cecil the Clam, Herman the Hermit Crab, Louie the Lobster, Otto the Octopus, Susie the Sea Hare and Wally the Pacific Gray Whale join C. Starr the Sea Star on wild adventures into a tide pool of discovery and memorable experiences.  The Adventures of C. Starr puppet show is presented at Whale of a Day (WOAD), the City of Rancho Palos Verdes' Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza and other special events.  For more information, please contact the Point Vicente Interpretive Center at 310-377-5370.

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Park Photos Sea slug at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park Forrestal Nature Preserve Sea Cave at Point Vicente Interpretive Center Cliffs in lobby at Point Vicente Interpretive Center Sea Star at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park