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Shipley Nature Center - TK through 4th Grade

​​​Shipley pond surrounded by trees and blue sky Inside the Outdoors logo in the right top cornerWelcome to Inside the Outdoors at Shipley Nature Center! 

Led by an Inside the Outdoors Field or Program Naturalist, students will explore the Nature Center and learn about natural science and/or local Native American culture.

Ecosystem Extravaganza - TK/PreK

NGSS Standards Supported: |
Take a journey through the adventures of the Hare and the Tortoise. Students explore the race course, play games, and enjoy art. They will even meet a slow but steady tortoise along the way.

Ecosystem Extravaganza - Kindergarten

NGSS Standards Supported: K-ESS2-2
​​ Did you know there is an ecological sanctuary in the middle of Huntington Beach? Students will explore Shipley Nature Center's various California native habitats as they make observations of the different ways animals can change the environments in which they live through engaging hands-on activities.​

Ecosystem Extravaganza - First Grade

NGSS Standards Supported: 1-LS1-2, 1-LS3-1
Students explore the wildlife sanctuary as detectives to find evidence of variation in traits and patterns of behaviors that promote survival of our local animals.​

Ecosystem Extravaganza - Second​​ Grade

NGSS Standards Supported: ​1-LS1-1., 1-LS3-1., 2-LS2-2., 2-LS4-1
​Stu​dents will study the functions of plants related to seed dispersal and pollination through hands-on activities. Students will also explore different ecosystems and identify the diversity of life within the ecosystems they explore. Through their explorations students will understand how people depend on and influence natural systems.


Gabrieliño Walk - Third Grade

Other Standards Supported: HSS 3.2.2 ​
While exploring the trails and native plants of Shipley Nature Center, students will learn about the indigenous people, the Gabrieliño (Tongva), who lived and continue to live in Orange County. Through hands-on stations students will gain an understanding of how natural resources of the Orange County area have shaped the traditions and culture of these Native Americans​ then and now.​

Native American Program - Fourth Grade

Other Standards Supported: HSS 4.2.1
While exploring California native habitats of Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach, your students will navigate the History-Social Science framework by focusing on the homes of the Native CA Indians in the northern and southern regions including Orange County.​ ​​​​Engaging hands-on activities will help students understand how the Native CA Indians utilize the local natural resources to construct their homes. ​​​​​

View the Resources pages for pre/post information. 


Site Details:

Location: Shipley Nature Center - 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 at the adjacent park.
Parking: Limited vehicle parking
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with the help of an aide. 
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