RLC launched its first official environmental education program called “Acorns to Oaks” in 2015. Acorns to Oaks guides underserved high school science students to restore native oak woodland in our Cienega Canyon Preserve through the combination of an in-class presentation and three unique field trips, provided at zero cost to participating students and minimal cost to school districts.

While exploring the beauty of the Preserve, the program brings textbook pages to life through lessons on oak woodland ecology, biodiversity, and environmental stewardship ethics. During the program students learn how to collect and germinate acorns, and grow and plant oak seedlings using real-world restoration techniques.

Acorns to Oaks provides an environmental science learning experience that engages local students over multiple months through a variety of hands-on activities, which result in meaningful conservation outcomes and inspire a deeply rooted sense of connection and pride for the outdoors.

RLC extends a huge “thank you” to our partners at the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District for assisting in the implementation of Acorns to Oaks and for providing mentors for the program.