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Field trip: Satwiwa National Park

Students go to the mountain

The Griffins had the opportunity to go for a hike in the beautiful Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa National Park led by their Oxnard College Geography professor! Thirty-three OMCHS students attended the hike along with Mrs. Guthrie, Mrs. Berumen, Professor Danza, and his TA. Check out some of the highlights below! 

Professor Danza provided students with weather instruments so that they could take measurements at different points on the trail. We discussed the changes in temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and more as we ascended and descended.

The hike lasted about 3 hours for a total of 4.5 miles and a climb of about 850 feet. Spotted on the trail- our district motto: “High Expectations and Powerful Futures for Every Student”.

Professor Danza discussed the cloud formations and students made predictions about the movement of cirrus clouds overhead.  Their predictions were spot on!

Students learned about the native plants and their importance to the ecosystem. They also learned about volunteer opportunities to help maintain and restore these natural treasures.


We worked together to get everyone across water safely…without touching the poison oak!


We experienced the beauty and serenity of the waterfall, where professor Danza led us in a few minutes of silence to mindfully listen to the water, birds, winds, and other wildlife.


We stopped for a picnic at a vista point.


Professor Danza showed us examples of sedimentary rock layers, which indicated that it was once under the water. We also saw lava rock and sandstone, discussing the characteristics of each.


Of course, we also just spent some time enjoying each other’s company in the fresh air!

We saw our state flower: The California Poppy!

Overall, the Griffins learned and experienced so much on our hike! We are so grateful for the partnership between Professor Danza, Oxnard College, and the Oxnard Union High School District!



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