Led by Chapter Liaison to Students, Kim Rhodes along with Carlos Flores, Student Liaison Assistant and Cal Poly Pomona Alumni, this year’s annual student field trip took them to the Santa Monica Mountains where they began their tour at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center, followed by a second stop at the Paramount Ranch for lunch provided by the Chapter, and finally to the hiking destination at Rancho Sierra Vista.

Ranger Anthony Bevilacqua of the National Park Service was their private guide for the day, sharing his knowledge regarding the urban/wildlife interface, wildfire ecology, history & natural resources, migratory wildlife; in addition to providing information regarding public service careers for landscape architects within the Department of the Interior. Twenty-five student leadership from the chapter’s four schools, USC; UCLA Extension; Cal Poly Pomona; and Cal Poly SLO attended.

The Southern California Chapter is in its sixth year offering this annual field trip to the student leaders.