For thousands of years, Sequit Canyon provided people with food, shelter and materials. Ancestors of today’s Chumash survived on the abundant resources of the land, hunting animals and harvesting plants. European settlers brought agriculture to this area. The stock pond and much of the grassland habitat are remnants of that life-style. Today, Bloomfield serves as a residential youth camp. Bloomfield sits tucked down near the canyon’s floor boasting sleeping, dining, and recreational facilities for groups of 30 to over a hundred.
Bloomfield offers a comfortable camp setting, with a mild climate to those who don’t want to drive far from the urban areas of Los Angeles, yet want to feel a million miles away.
- Creek Studies – Using Naturalists at Large Science Kits students can get up close to water bugs and critters of this riparian zone. With some identification and data collection students will be able to determine the waters quality and the ecosystems ability to support a diversity of plant and animal life.
- Native Culture and History – Study the early inhabitants relationship to the area. Learn uses of natural resources for clothing, shelter, and food. Develop a basic understanding of a culture directly tied to the health and the bio-diversity of their land.
- Coastal Sage and Chaparral – Take a walk into a world of adaptations. Southern California’s “short forest” has many peculiar ways and characteristics that allows for survival of plants in this mostly arid climate.
- Geology of the Transverse Range – Take a look at the East-West trending mountain chains that have developed over time due to the influence of the meeting of the North American and Pacific Plates.
- The Introduction to the ABC’s – Ecology studies the relationships between the Abiotic and Biotic world. Place human Culture into the mix, and let’s see if they can all work together.