Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) is a distance-learning program that uses videoconferencing to help K-12 schools teach common core standards while learning about California’s state parks. This project upgrades and modernizes the Santa Cruz District’s PORTS equipment so that the content is up-to-date, relevant, and accessible to even more students and teachers.
"The PORTS distance learning program reaches thousands of K-12 students each school year that may have no other access to California State Parks in their lives. Modernizing the equipment used to provide videoconference programs in the Santa Cruz district, one of the oldest and most popular sites, is crucial to PORTS's continuing success. Because of CSPF's generous grant, PORTS will be able to use new, cutting-edge technology to continue offering innovative, high-quality interpretation that spurs the next generation of park lovers and advocates.”
- Rhiannon Sims, Interpreter, Santa Cruz District PORTS Program