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Classroom Activities

Nurturing a Natural Curiosity Inside the Outdoors logo with tree, bird, stream 714-708-3885 insidetheoutdoors@ocde.usThe grades listed are suggestions.  These activities may be applicable to additional grade levels with some modifications.

Social Science

Helena Modjeska House Background and Activities
Building a Kish
People of Upper Newport Bay
What Legend Would You Tell?


Adaptations and Ecosystems - 5th Grade Modeling Activity
Bird Beak Game - 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Grade
Changing Environment
Drawing a Wetland - 2nd or 3rd Grade
My Native Plant - 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Grade
Our Classroom Estuary
Tidepool Ecosystem
Web of Life - 3rd or 5th Grade   What is in an Ecosystem?
What is in Your Lunch?
What's in Our Food?


Making Rocks
Plate Tectonics
Rock Detectives
Sprouting Pollution
Water Conservation - Leakstopper's Activity
Water Conservation Game
What Causes Tides?
What About Water Resources - High School Focus


Candy or Cake
Liquids and Gases

Service Learning

Building a Recycling Center
EcoPledge - All Grades for a reflection, supports 4th and 5th Grade standards best
School Garden Resources

Saving Natural Resources and Audits

Help the Earth, Save Energy - Upper Elementary
Help the Earth, Save Energy - Lower Elementary
Energy Audit (online)
Water Audit (online)
Waste Audit (online)

Other Activities

Field Trip Reflection
Poetry in Pictures
Brain/Body Connection

Science Notebooking  Upper Newport Bay Student Notebook

Pre/Post Tests

Coming Soon!

Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum

The Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) is a free, state-sponsored K-12 curriculum that teaches science and history/social science standards through an environmental lens. EEI aligns with many of the concepts covered in Inside the Outdoors programs.

Click here for more information on EEI, how to access the curriculum and how it supports Inside the Outdoors curriculum.

Additional Instructional Materials

Many districts have additional instructional materials that could help support your students with pre- and post-activities, like Mystery Science and Engineering is Elementary.  Click here to see how your districts curricula could support your students learning in our programs.

Additional Online Resources


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