Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students

Students experience virtual fields trips to parks

Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) is a free distance learning program that uses the power of interactive videoconferencing to help K-12 schools teach common core state standards in the context of California State Parks. The green-screen PORTS studio is located at Seacliff State Beach with in-the-field mobile programs offered from Año Nuevo State Park and Natural Bridges State Beach. Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks proudly provides full funding for the Santa Cruz District’s PORTS program, which has served tens of thousands of students across California since 2005.

In addition to Seacliff, PORTS programs are based at several State Parks and Beaches throughout California, including Anza Borrego, Crystal Cove, California State Capitol, Columbia, Hearst Castle and North Coast Redwoods. Each program features live, interactive videoconference presentations on science, history, language arts and other academic topics. The programs also include units of study to prepare and assess learning, and the service is free for schools to use. Learn more.

PORTS Home Learning Programs

PORTS is expanding its offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • PORTS Home Learning Programs (HLP) are webinars for K12 kids at home due to school closures. Learn more.
  • Teachers who want an on-demand program can visit the regular PORTS website and email the interpreter at the park unit directly to ask. Locally, PORTS interpreter Leslie Reyes, is participating in PORTS On Demand. Learn more.