Native Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub

  • Draft lesson packet for Plant Adaptations and Local Weather:  Lessons in Schoolyards and on Field Trips  Grade 3 Plant Adaptations
  • San Diego’s Native Habitats: Shrublands, Grade 4, SD Shrublands
  • Local species cards for web chain activity, Species Cards
  • 1-page descriptions of local habitats, MSCP Local Habitats
  • Chaparral Shrublands of Southern California–A Pocket Naturalist Guide.  Order for resale from Sunbelt Publications (, or buy at Mission Trails Regional Park for $6.95. To purchase copies for educational use (not for resale) at $5.00 + tax, contact
  • Plant Adaptations, from Cabrillo National Monument, 6p, Cabrillo Plants
  • Lessons K-8 from SD Natural History Museum, in both English and Spanish, List of Lessons SDNH Museum,  includes lessons for classrooms and schoolyards.

Exploring our Urban Forests (trees!), grades K-5

Nature-based lessons were developed to be taught in urban schoolyards, with minimal teacher preparation and materials. There are three lessons for each grade.


More pages for classroom teachers.