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Virtual Field Trip Programs

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Bring the outdoors into your classroom or home with our Virtual Field Trips!

Each program is 30-60 minutes in length.

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Shipley Nature Center: Jr. Ecosystem Explorers Kindergarten  (Nov-Jun) ​

NGSS Standards Supported: K-ESS2-2​

Did you know there is an ecological sanctuary in the middle of Huntington Beach? Students explore this special place as they make observations of the different ways animals can change the environments in which they live.​​​ 

Shipley Nature Center/Mt. SAC: Ecosystem Explorers​    First Grade  (Oct-Jun)  

NGSS Standards Supported: 1-LS1

Can plants inspire invention? Ecosystem Explorers encourages students to explore how scientists are inspired by the natural world's ability to solve problems. During their virtual field trip, students will get to observe various plant's unique structures and design their own invention based on these structures.

OC Great Park: UnbeLEAFable Plants
First Grade   (Jan-Jun) 

NGSS Standards Supported: K-2-ETS1-2, ​1-LS1-1​

​​Plants provide humans with many resources that can be used for food, air, water, and shelter. Let’s explore plants, their unique parts, and how they survive. Can we apply this knowledge to find solutions to unsolved human problems?

Wild Wetlands
Second Grade  (Nov-Jun) 

NGSS Standards Supported: 2-LS4-1

What plants and animals share your neighborhood? Are they the same plants and animals that live in other places? Let's make some observations in the Wild Wetlands of Upper Newport Bay to see paterns in the biodiversity of what is living on the land and in the water.​

Prado Constructed Wetlands: Radical Riparian Restoration
​Third Grade  (Oct-Mar 21) 

NGSS Standards Supported: 3-LS4-4

How can people help nature? Students will explore the Prado Wetlands and learn about the different restoration and conservation projects being conducted at this site. Students will use evidence from the field trip to discuss the merits of these solutions in providing new habitats for many plant and animal species.​​

Santiago Oaks: Native Plants
Third Grade  (Mar-Jun) 

NGSS Stand​ards Supported: 3-LS4-3​​​​
Why are some plants thriving at Santiago Oaks,​ while others are not? How have humans changed the Santiago Oaks ecosystem and how has it affected the survival of the area's native plants? Students will construct an argument about the interaction between human and natural systems in Santiago Oaks while exploring the plant inhabitants of the area.​​

Shipley Nature Center/ Mt. SAC: Gabrieliño Walk
Third Grade 
Standards Supported: HSS 3.2.2

Students study the Gabrielino Indians who lived and continue to live in Orange County and how the natural resources of the Orange County area have shaped their traditions and culture then and now.

Shipley Nature Center/ Mt. SAC: Native American
Fourth Grade  (Nov-Jun)

Standards Supported: HSS 4.2.1​

Students navigate the HSS framework by focusing on the homes of the Native CA Indians in the northern and southern regions and how the Native CA Indians leveraged the local natural resources to construct the homes.​ ​​​​

Irvine Regional Park: Exploring Erosion
Fourth Grade  (Nov-Jun)

NGSS Standards Supported: 4-ESS2-1

Students explore the local geology and how erosion and its factors change the landscape over time.

OCC Planetarium
Fifth Grade  (Dec-Jun)

NGSS Standards Supported: 5-ESS1-2
How does the night sky change and what can that tell us about how the Earth moves? Come explore
different phenomena that give us a glimpse into​ our ever-moving Earth.  You, too can be an astronomer.​ 

Rancho Soñado: Soil's Impact on Percolation​* ​
*this program will be held virtually at another location, TBD, due to the Bond Fire
Fifth Grade  (Oct-Jun)

NGSS Standards Supported: 5-ESS2-1

How do earth's systems work together? We will investigate how different spheres on earth work together to create the diversity in ecosystems we see all around us.  

​Carbon Canyon/Saddleback-Gateway: Global Hotspots for Biodiversity
​Middle School/High School   (Nov-Jun)​

NGSS Standards Supported: ESS3.C

Why is Orange County a hotspot for biodiversity? Students will explore this question as they learn about ecologically-significant locations in Orange County. This Service-Learning project begins with "learn" followed by "do" as students explore local wilderness habitats, identify the wildlife that depends on the area, and participate in a student-led project to design conservation projects to support healthy ecosystems.

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