California parks reach digital access milestone
SACRAMENTO — California State Parks has reached a major milestone in providing kindergarten through 12th grade students with digital access to parks across the state.
The PORTS program — short for Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students — takes students on “virtual field trips” to parks across the state. Students receive live video guidance from a park ranger, who can answer their questions in real time.
“For many of these students, it is the first time getting a glimpse of the giant redwoods or touring a gold rush ghost town. Our virtual field trips are intended to give students that have limited access to our parks the opportunity to engage with our expert staff and help deepen the learning experience within, and beyond the classroom environment,” California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat said.
For more information on the PORTS program, visit www.ports.parks. ca.gov or join state parks staff for a livestream from Columbia State Historic Park at 10 a.m. today at www.facebook.com/ CaliforniaStateParks.