The Santa Rosa Plateau, at an average elevation of 2,000 feet, is located at the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains in southwestern Riverside County, California. Ancient oak woodlands, rare bunchgrass prairie and endangered vernal pool wetlands are a few of the six distinct habitat types that reside on this land located less than 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
The Plateau’s mild climate made the area ideal habitat for people, beginning thousands of years ago with the arrival of Native Americans. Ancestors of the local American Indians, known today as the Luiseno, harvested and hunted the many plants and animals that are still found on the land today. This hunting and gathering way of life came to an end on the Plateau with the establishment of the missions.
The Reserve offers a number of interpretive programs and trail walks. Horseback riding and mountain biking are popular activities in the Sylvan Meadows Multi-Use Area of the Plateau.
Third-Grade Field Trips
2023-2024 3rd grade field trips at the SRP RESERVE are full.
Riverside County public schools may schedule a 3 hour field trip to the Ecological Reserve. The program offers an enriching nature education display and includes a walk through plant communities recovering from the 2019 Tenaja fire. The field trip focuses on plateau geology, animal and plant life adaptations, and the human history of the area.
One teacher handles all 3rd grade registration per school
ADA and special needs students welcome
Field trips run October – May, Tuesday – Friday,
from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Maximum 3 chaperones per class. No families may attend
3rd Grade teacher name(s) and accurate school email(s)
School address, phone and fax (vital)
Student count per class and for each field trip, can accommodate up to 75 students per day
3 field trip date options for each field trip
All participating teachers receive field trip information. ONE field trip bus fee reimbursed per field trip; some flexibility permitted with written SRP Reserve approval.
Scout groups, home schools, private schools, high schools, colleges, and groups may schedule a 3 hour field trip to the Ecological Reserve. The program offers an enriching nature education display and includes a walk through plant communities recovering from the Tenaja fire of 2019. The field trip focuses on plateau geology, animal and plant life adaptations, and the human history of the area.
Field trips are for guests ages 8 years and older on Tuesdays-Fridays. A minimum of 20 guests per group is required.