Field Trips and Experiences

Teranga Ranch offers a wide variety of experiences as close as your backyard, or to the farthest reaches of California’s natural beauty. Please refer to our Facebook Events Page for upcoming events.

Field Trips

Monarchs and Marine Mammals

$299 Monarchs and Marine Mammals

January 25, 2020

IT’S WINTER ALONG THE CALIFORNIA COAST!!!!

Join Teranga Ranch on an educational adventure as we explore the central California coastline and the spectacular native wildlife that can be found there.

Join us on our swanky tour bus while we head to Pismo Beach to view the Monarchs (whose numbers are improved so far this year!!!), Morro Rock to see the Sea Otters, Sea Lions and possibly Harbor Seals, and finally Piedras Blancas to behold more than 10,000 Elephant Seals who are having babies all over the beach!
(If you love taking photos of wildlife in the wild, this is the trip for you!)

We’ll learn about wildlife with a variety of native wildlife educators during the ride and then experience it live right where it belongs, wild and free!

Your tour includes 12 hours of personalized, professional guide services, transportation up and down the coast on a chartered bus, a swag bag with native milkweek and other surprises, and the experience of a lifetime!
This tour plans to feature presentations by outstanding experts in their fields, Kristy Clougherty Brauch and John Sanders, from the Delphinus School of Natural History. More info on these amazing people below.
(Note: Also included in the price of the tour are donations to both the Monarch Butterfly Grove and also to the Friends of the Elephant Seal. This trip would not be what it is without the hard work of both these organizations.)

$299 per person
Saturday, January 25, 2020
7am – 8pm

Leave from Lowell Park & Ride

You must reserve by January 8, 2020.
Sorry, no refunds after this date.

Pack a sack lunch or elect to purchase a box lunch. (If you’d like a box lunch, please order in advance, vegan or turkey with a seasonal variety of healthy sides and a water: $20 )

Reserve with your payment now! Paypal: donations@terangaranch.org (Message: Monarchs & Marine Mammals)

All reservations must be in by January 8. Sorry, no refunds after this date.

More info: 818-305-4377 or find us on Facebook

*Kristy Brauch Clougherty is a UCCE Master Gardener, Nature Educator and Citizen Scientist specializing in monarch butterflies. In 2016, she successfully encouraged the Mayor of Pasadena to sign a proclamation titled “The Mayor’s Monarch’s Pledge,” which provided action items to advance the community in helping the plight of the monarch butterfly. She is the recipient of many grants including a project with US Fish and Wildlife that led to a community garden, public festival, and school projects supported by the City of Pasadena and Pasadena Unified School District.

*John Sanders is an Outdoor Educator/Naturalist, for the last 17 years; with the Kern Environmental Education Program (Camp KEEP) During that time I’ve interacted with thousands of 5th and 6th graders from Kern, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Counties.
In 2011, John founded the Delphinus School of Natural History as a regional, Summer Science-Exploration program for elementary and middle school students. They incorporate camps for older students, adults, and interns.Their programs focus on nature awareness, promoting environmental stewardship, and instruction in Natural History, Animal Behavior, Estuary Science, Coastal Geology, and Freshwater Ecosystems.

On the Water with Otters

$99 Central Coast

April 10, 2020

Due to COVID-19 this field trip will be rescheduled for another date.

Spend the day driving up the coast, lunching and responsibly kayaking in an area where wild sea otters live.

This is a carpool/caravan trip!

Complete, detailed itinerary will be made available at registration.

(Let us know: Can you offer a place in your car? Would you like to ride w/someone else?)

Reserve your spot by sending your donation via Paypal (please use the friends and family option) to donations@terangaranch.org with the message “Otter Friday”. Or you can email me to let me know you’re going and then mail your check to Teranga Ranch PO Box 4222 Sunland 91041.

$99 per person
Friday, April 10, 2020
8am – 5pm

Leave from Lowell Park & Ride

You must reserve by April 1, 2020.
Sorry, no refunds after this date.

More info: 818-305-4377 or find us on Facebook

Tule Elk and the California Living Museum

$75 Tule Elk and the California Living Museum

April 25, 2020

Due to COVID-19 this field trip will be rescheduled for another date.

Join Teranga Ranch on an educational adventure as we explore the Tule Elk Preserve and the spectacular native wildlife that can be found at the California Living Museum.

The Tule Elk preserve in Buttonwillow is an homage to the past and home to California’s only endemic elk, the Tule Elk. Learn his story of a comeback from the brink of extinction and watch herd dynamics in action.

The California Living Museum is an amazing collection of native wildlife that came in through their wildlife hospital but could not be returned to the wild for whatever reason. It’s a little educational gem in Bakersfield!

This is a carpool/caravan trip!

Complete, detailed itinerary will be made available at registration.


(Let us know: Can you offer a place in your car? Would you like to ride w/someone else?)

Reserve your spot by sending your donation via Paypal (please use the friends and family option) to donations@terangaranch.org with the message “Tule Elk/CALM”. Or you can email me to let me know you’re going and then mail your check to Teranga Ranch, PO Box 4222, Sunland 91041.
Questions? info@terangaranch.org or 818-305-4377

$75 per person
Saturday, April 25, 2020
8am – 5pm

Leave from Lowell Park & Ride

All reservations must be in by April 20.
Sorry, no refunds after this date.

Santa Cruz Island Foxes and More!

$99 Santa Cruz Island

June 13, 2020

Due to COVID-19 this field trip will be rescheduled for another date.

Spend the day with Teranga Ranch on an educational adventure as we explore Santa Cruz Island, her foxy inhabitants, and her watery, cetacean filled surroundings! Learn the story of an animal that was brought back from the verge of extinction by a dedicated group of human volunteers.

We’ll meet in Ventura. As we cross over the channel to get to the island, and on our way back, we will be on the lookout for whales and dolphins. On the island we will experience the incredible, endemic island fox, scrub jay, monarchs and more!

The hiking is moderate (3 miles total?  A bit of a hill at one spot….), we can take our time. Kids over 8 are welcome if they can handle the walking and being disconnected for the day.

It’s a picnic lunch, you can pack and bring your own. Dress in layers and wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes.

$99/per person
Fee includes roundtrip boat ride to and from the island and your personalized guided tour by Urban Wildlife Specialist Dana Stangel.

Space is limited! Get your ticket now!
Tickets must be purchased by May 23, 2020!

$99 per person
Saturday, June 13, 2020
7am – 6pm

Meet in Ventura, CA

You must reserve by May 23rd
Sorry, no refunds after this date.

Payments can be made via PayPal (friends and family option, please- you are definitely our friends!): donations@terangaranch.org with the message Santa Cruz Island. You can also mail a check to Teranga Ranch P.O. Box 4222 Sunland CA 91041

More info: 818-305-4377 or find us on Facebook

Backyard Experiences

Backyard Wildlife Deterrents ($150)

Our Urban Wildlife Specialist will come out and do a Private Consultation in your backyard to discuss your wildlife situation and give recommendations. Includes topics such as pets, fencing, lighting, crevice sealing and more.

Backyard Camera Capture! ($150)

Who is in your yard when you aren’t? Our Urban Wildlife Specialist will come to you! We’ll survey your yard, decide where to put one of our wildlife cameras, and install it for the week. Afterwards we’ll show you the images, talk about what we saw and then give you memory card so you can forever treasure these images of your wild neighbors.

Backyard Bats ($150)

Find out which bats live in your backyard! Our Urban Wildlife Specialist will come to you (Los Angeles Area) for 45 minutes of local bat education and an informal backyard bat survey using our new, super high tech bat locator. Up to 10 people can be in attendance for this unique opportunity to get to know some of the most interesting mammals in California!