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Irvine Regional Park - 4th Grade

Group of students with naturalist in foothills Inside the Outdoors logo in cornerStudents will hike through native oak, riparian, and coastal sage scrub ecosystems. Along the way, they will study ecology, investigate plant and animal adaptations, and identify edible and useful plants. They will also visit the park zoo which specializes in native animals.

NGSS Standards Supported:
4-LS1-1., 4-LS1-2., 4-ESS1-1., 4-ESS3-2., 4-ESS3-1.


Students will examine scat from several different animals and compare and contrast how different structures support survival and growth in native animals.

Live Animals 

Students will see and touch live program animals representative of those found locally and learn how important adaptations are for their survival.


Students will take a guided tour of the zoo and make observations and inferences to discover the adaptations of California native animals. They will also show their naturalist the different animals’ external survival adaptations using various hand signs.


Students will explore the complex patterns of rocks, minerals, and geologic structures in the riparian and coastal sage scrub ecosystems.

Fire Ecology

Students will explore the recent burn area and learn about the ecosystem adaptations for fire through hands-on learning.

Plant Uses

This station will be taught again once the plants recover from the Canyon Fire 2.
Students will go on a plant scavenger hunt and identify plants in the coastal sage scrub ecosystem. They will experience how Native Americans use plants for living and how animals also use plants for food and shelter. 

Site Details

Location: Irvine Regional Park - Click here for a map to the site.  The address is on the map.
Time: Full day site 9:00 am - 2:30 pm  
Parking: $3.00 per vehicle
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
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