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Interpretive Program Information
Group Interpretive Reservation Request
Tide Pool Pre-packet
Interpretive Program Information
Doheny State Beach has an active year-round educational program. There are a variety of activities available everything from curriculum-based field trips for schoolchildren, thematic outings for Scouts and other groups, special events, restoration/Adopt-A-Beach Cleanups, and Junior Rangers/Campfire Programs in the summer season.
Visitor Center Renovations
Doheny State Beach’s Visitor Center is currently closed and in the second phase of a three-phase renovation. Interior work is ongoing on our tide pool, aquariums and natural display habitats. The incredible Doheny State Beach
maintenance staff is doing the repairs. The renovation project is made possible through the most generous
support of the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA).
DSBIA is currently fundraising to facilitate the renovation. For additional information on how you can provide vital support for this project and other interpretive programs, please click the How to Donate button.
Alternative Outings in the Park
The interpretive staff at Doheny State Beach is committed to working with visitors by offering alternative outings in the park. These programs
can be customized to fulfill curriculum-based learning objectives for
school field outings and special groups. These presentations are a
wonderful opportunity for children to get a hands-on learning
experience in the greatest classroom...outdoors!!
Group Programs (school groups, scout
troops, home schools, special needs groups, etc.)
Summary of Programs
Please Note: Due to budget constraints, there is a charge of $1.00/child
for guided field outings at Doheny State Beach.
We apologize for this minor fee, however,
we promise your children will get much for that buck!!
- Marine Life:
- Tide Pools: This outing is dependent upon the tidal system and must be scheduled in synch with a low-tide (consult Park Naturalist for good dates/times).Please access our Tide Pool Pre-packet for a look at some of the critters you might see!
- Marine Mammals:
This is a great program to learn about the incredible life cycles and adaptations of magnificent marine mammals that live offshore of Doheny State Beach and beyond!
- Bird Life:
Life Cycles/Adaptations: This program starts out with an introduction to the mysterious world of our feathered friends and then wraps-up with a true field outing complete with binoculars and bird guides.
- Animal Life:
Life Cycles/Adaptations: This interactive outing in the park focuses upon the native wildlife that lives in and around Doheny State Beach. It teaches the children about life cycles and adaptations of common creatures of nature.
- Water Quality:
The Health of the Ocean: This crucial educational rogram educates children about the effects and importance of protecting our fragile ocean environment and atersheds. The outing culminates with a hands-on Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup.
Butterflies: This exploration meets in Doheny State Beach’s Butterfly Garden to allow children an opportunity to learn by using their multi-senses. A wonderful opportunity to learn about life cycles and adaptations of these colorful jewels.
- Native Americans:
Plant Walk and Talk: This interactive field outing takes the children for a stroll around Doheny back to a time when the Native Americans lived in harmony with the natural world for survival.
programs must be prearranged and confirmed by our staff.
Please access Group Interpretive Reservation
Request WebForms to begin this process. Contact our
Park Naturalist Vicki at (949) 496-2704 if you have any questions
or need assistance.
- Campfire Programs - will be very limited this summer due to staffing constraints. Please check this web site for updates or call Park Naturalist Vicki at (949) 496-2704.
- Junior Rangers - held Mondays
through Thursdays for kids from ages 7 to 12.
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