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Upper Newport Bay - 4th Grade

Upper Newport Bay Estuary at high tide birds on shoreline and bluffs in the far background Inside the Outdoor logo in upper righCoastal bluffs, marshes, mudflats, and open water provide a wide diversity of habitats for your students to explore. They will learn how a wetland ecosystem functions, discover its inhabitants, and imagine living as Gabrieliño Indians. 

NGSS Standards Supported:
4-LS1-1., 4-ESS3-2.
Other Standards Supported:
HSS 4.2.1 


Preserved bird parts and visual aids are used to teach students characteristics of birds. Using binoculars, students observe live birds and identify their adaptations. Students also learn about the importance of Upper Newport Bay as a wetland habitat along the Pacific Flyway. 


Students discover the roles organisms play in the estuary ecosystem and explore in the mud to find evidence of the organisms. 


Students become amateur archaeologists as they dig in an “ancient” Native American midden and “discover” artifacts from long ago. Students compare different aspects of modern society with the Tongva’s and Ajacheman’s way of life hundreds of years ago. 


With their team, students identify wetland plants and learn about their unique adaptations in a fun and interactive scavenger hunt. They also learn that some plants and animals depend on each other for survival.

Site Details:

Location: Upper Newport Bay, Click here for a map to the site.  The address is on the map. 
Time: Full Day 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Parking: Vehicle parking is limited
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with help from an aide. 
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