The Parks Online Resources for Teachers & Students program (PORTS), is a FREE distance learning program that uses the power of interactive videoconferencing to assist K-12 educators teach Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards in the context of California State Parks. Using platforms like Vidyo, ZOOM, Google Hangouts, and Skype we are able to connect and provide access to parks better than ever. (PORTS Website)

Process for PORTS

1) Choose your presentation (view the PORTS Website for this information).

2) Complete the PORTS PDF and follow their instructions for scheduling your virtual field trip.

3) Check with your site administrator to see if there is an available webcam, if not, email cloud.support@desertsands.us to borrow one.

4) PORTS has evolved over time and in most cases does not require support from Technology, however, if you require assistance, please let us know.