The Santa Rosa Foundation provides transportation, curriculum and staffing for the Third Grade Outdoor Education Program and
also provides support for MVUSD students to participate in a Seed Bank Study, Middle School Grassland Restoration and High School Habitat Studies.
Since 1994 the Santa Rosa Plateau Education Foundation has introduced approximately 80,000 third graders to the
natural environment, local history and beauty of the 8,300 acre Santa Rosa Plateau.
Each year third graders from Murrieta Valley Unified School District visit the Santa Rosa Plateau where docents lead the young explorers on trails in search of coyotes, lizard, squirrel, and woodpeckers, prairies, wetlands and native flora and fauna. A visit to the Santa Rosa Plateau opens young eyes to the wonders of the plateau's prairies and wetlands. Science, History and Geology come alive as students see, touch, smell, and feel the plants, rocks, streams and animals and they learn about local history and the Native American influence on the Ecological Reserve.
As educators prepare students to become responsible citizens in a global economy, the exposure to the Santa Rosa plateau provided by the Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation will ensure that they understand and appreciate the importance of conserving the Earths natural resources and the role they can play in those efforts.