Satwiwa Native America Indian Cultural
Rena Benor, Secondary Science Teacher
Satwiwa – Rancho Sierra Vista,
Thousand Oaks. Santa Monica National Recreational Area Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center is located at Ranch Sierra Vista
/ Satwiwa in Newbury Park, California. From Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) exit
Lynn Road. Turn south on Lynn Road for 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park
Entrance is on the left. Walk 0.3 mile up gravel road from the last parking
area to the Culture Center..
GPS Coordinates for Entrance (Via Goleta & Lynn Road): N 34.1569 W
GPS Coordinates for Satwiwa Native
American Indian Culture Center:
N 34.1504 W -118.9613
The National Park Service
Visitor Center is located at 401 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks,
California. From Ventura Fwy (U. S. Highway 101) exit Lynn Road.
Turn north on Lynn Road and turn east (right)
onto Hillcrest Drive. Left onto McCloud Ave. First driveway on the
Part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Park, it was home to the
Chumash and Tongva/ Gabrielino
Dense chaparral and fragrant sages cover the canyon walls. Inland, lone
valley oaks accentuate the grassy hillsides.
Born from the collision and sliding of the Earth's crustal plates, the
mountains are home to some of the most unique and rare natural features and
ecosystems in the United States.
Part of the Transverse Ranges that stretch from
the Mojave Desert to the Channel Islands, these mountains are some 46 miles
long and eight miles wide. Volcanic Sandstone Peak, at 3,111 feet above sea
level is the highest point in the park! The Mediterranean ecosystem occurs
only in five relatively small areas around the planet: the area bordering the
Mediterranean Sea, central Chile, the Cape region of South Africa,
southwestern and southern Australia, and, of course, southern California and
northern Baja California. These areas are distributed between roughly 30 and
40 degrees latitude – north and south – and are located along the western
edges of continents where the climate, characterized by mild, rainy winters
and warm, dry summers, is moderated by cold ocean currents
There are 12 communities derived from 26
vegetation associations identified by the California Natural Diversity
Database classification system (Holland 1986). These include coastal salt
marsh, coastal strand, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, coast live oak
woodland, riparian woodland, valley oak savanna, freshwater ponds/lakes, rock
outcrops, and suburban development.
A biology teacher or student would appreciate
Satwiwa because it provides examples of chaparral , oak woodland, and riparian
areas. There are examples of mountain
building (transverse ranges), subduction, uplifting, and rock cycles.
The Santa Monica National Recreation Area: people of all ages can learn
about biology, ecology, history, geology, anthropology, and more..
During the school year, they offers a
variety of "Parks As Classrooms" programs, specifically
targeting the education curriculum
designated for the State of California.During the summer, teachers can come
out to the park by becoming students themselves during our teacher workshops
or the national Teacher to Ranger to Teacher program.
Students can earn the Junior Ranger Patch and pins.
Description of the field trip:
The Biodiversity Experience: Hiking from Boney Mountain to the Pacific
Coast is an 8 mile journey through a pond, into a canyon, across a
valley, and other habitats. There is a lot to see! Find out why Biodiversity is so important
to all of us.
Biomes and Ecosystems:
One travels through chaparral, riparian and oak woodland.
Geologic features: Uplifting, erosion,
weathering, subduction, rock cycle
For more information and a Satwiwa brochure: CLICK here.
33- 23.8 million years ago.
An oceanic plate beneath the Pacific Ocean, about the
size of Oregon.
North American Plate:
The continental plate of North America.
Oceanic plate north of the Farallon Plate under the
the process of one tectonic plate descending and sliding
beneath another plate.
Mountains that run in an East-West direction instead
of a North-South direction.
The remnants of the plate that is left behind
as the ridge travels northeastward.
PLEASE SEE ATTACHMENT FOR THE Study Guide!
MAP: Click for link to trail map.
Click here for more information on the Chumash Tribe.
More information on the Chumash.