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Investigating Ecosystems - 4th Grade

Naturalist teaching students in foothill mountainsThis two-hour program highlights a few of the station activities from our full day 4th grade program.
NGSS Standards Supported:
4-LS1-1., 4-ESS1-1.

Plant Uses

Students participate in a directed scavenger hunt activity that will help them to identify plants in the coastal sage scrub ecosystem. They will also learn how Native Americans used the plants for food, medicine, and tools, and how animals use the local plants for food and shelter. 


Students examine the scat from several different animals and classify the animals according to their diet. They also learn the function of decomposers in ecosystems.

Live Animals

Students see and touch live program animals representative of those found in our local ecosystems and learn how their adaptations enable them to survive.


Students will explore the complex patterns of rocks and minerals in the riparian ecosystem.

Site Details

Location: Irvine Regional Park - Click here for a map to the site.  The address is on the map.
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am or 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Lunch area is available on site.
Parking: Vehicle parking is limited
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

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