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Lessons, Curriculum and Background Information


Field Trip and Traveling Scientist Pre-and Post Activities

To access our pre-and post-activities for your  Field Trip or Traveling Scientist program, please refer to your confirmation email. 

Additional Field Trip and Traveling Scientist Resources

Background Information

Classroom Activities

Vocabulary Lists

Project Zero Waste OC - Resources for school and home waste reduction programs

School Gardens - Resources for Native and Vegetable Gardens

Next Generation Water Leaders​ - Resources with a water focus

Grab-and-Go Water Activities​ - From our partners at the Municipal Water District of Orange County​​

Take an energy audit with your students!  Download the audit by clicking the links below.

Take a trash audit with your students! Download the audit by clicking the links below. Trash audit is sponsored by OC Waste and Recycling.

Eco Challenge Fifth Grade Curriculum

The Eco Challenge fifth grade curriculum was created to increase countywide consciousness and awareness of landfill processes, organic waste diversion, and resource recovery through academic standards-aligned classroom lessons, student activities, and family engagement materials.

Education and the Environment Initiative

Our Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) page links to Lessons and Professional Development that are provided by the state.  These lessons provide great pre and post activities, graphics and maps for the classroom, and student workbooks.  They can all be downloaded free of charge.  Sometimes there is funding for a hard copy of a lesson when attending an online training.

Download a List of Suggested EEI Pre/Post Lessons to Support Inside the Outdoors Programs:

Shipley and Mt. SAC Field Trips
Other 1st to 3rd Grade Field Trips
Preschool to 3rd Grade Traveling Scientist
4th to Middle School Field Trips
4th to Middle School Traveling Scientist
High School Water Lessons

Other Curriculums and Trainings

These curriculum books are usually supplied in conjunction with a training.  Information is listed on their websites about trainings and curriculum.

Project WILD
Project WET
Project Learning Tree
Wonders of Wetlands (WOW)

Citizen Science Projects

Citizen Science is when science research and data is collected by non-professional scientists.  Some of these projects happen during a specific time of year and others are ongoing.  Below are some links to help you and your school to become involved in these science project.

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)
Cornell Labs - Bird Projects
Christmas Bird Count - Audubon
Lost Ladybug Project
National Wildlife Federation​ - Climate Focused
National Geographic
Natural History Museum
Project Budburst
Scientific American

Additional Online Resources