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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 

NGSS Standards Supported: K-ESS2-2​

What are some ways that animals can change their environment to meet their needs? Students virtually explore Shipley Nature Center, an ecological sanctuary found in Huntington Beach, as they make observations of the different ways animals can change the environments in which they live.​​​

Shipley Nature Center: Ecosystem Explorers​   
First Grade 

NGSS Standards Supported: 1-LS1-1
Can living things inspire invention? Ecosystem Explorers encourages students to examine how scientists are inspired by the natural world's ability to solve problems. During their virtual field trip, students will have the opportunity to participate in engaging discussions and design their own invention based on their observations of the unique structures of living things found throughout Shipley Nature Center.

Great Park
First Grade 

NGSS Standards Supported: ​1-LS3-1 ​
Students virtually explore the Farm and Food Lab at the Great Park to observe how young plants can have similar or different characteristics compared to adult versions of the same plant. As we move through the garden students will create scientific drawings of the plants they observe.

​​Wild Wetlands
Second Grade 

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? While virtually exploring one of Orange County's hotspots for biodiversity, Upper Newport Bay, students will make observations and collect data to determine if patterns exist between what is living on the land and in the water.

Prado Constructed Wetlands: Radical Riparian Restoration
​Third Grade 

NGSS Standards Supported: 3-LS4-4 ​
What are some ways that human activities can change an environment? Students will virtually explore Prado Wetlands and learn about the different restoration and conservation projects being conducted at this Orange County Water District site. Students will use evidence from the virtual 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 

NGSS Stand​ar​ds Supported: 3-LS4-3​​​​

​Why are some plants and animals thriving at Santiago Oaks Regional Park,​ 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 and animals? Students will construct an argument about the interaction between human and natural systems in Santiago Oaks Regional Park while conducting a virtual investigation with a Naturalist live onsite of the native plant and animals of the area designed to engage your third grade students.​ ​​

Shipley Nature Center: 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 Gabrieliño Indians (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 America​ns then and now.

​Irvine Regional Park: Exploring Erosion
Fourth Grade  
NGSS Standards Supported:4-ESS2-1
What if Irvine Regional Park needs a new nature center and it's up to the students to recommend where to put it? Through observations and experimentation of different places at Irvine Regional Park, students explore the local geology and how erosion and its factors change the landscape over time to help come up with a recommendation of the new nature center location.

OCC Planetarium
Fifth Grade  

NGSS Standards Supported: 5-ESS1-2

How does the night sky change and what can that tell us about how the Earth moves? Through experiments and a virtual planetarium experience students explore different phenomena that give us a glimpse into​ our ever-moving Earth. You, too can be an astronomer.​ ​


Rancho Soñado/Spheres *this program will be held virtually at another location, TBD, due to the Bond Fire 2020
Fifth Grade  

NGSS Standards Supported: 5-ESS2-1

How do earth's systems work together? Through experimentation, data collection, and data analysis, students will investigate and discuss how different spheres of the earth's system interact creating the diversity in ecosystems we see all around us.

​Carbon Canyon/Saddleback-Gateway: Global Hotspots for Biodiversity
​Middle School/High School   

NGSS Standards Supported: MS-LS2-5
​This Service-Learning project begins with "learn" followed by "do" as students explore local Orange County wilderness habitats, identify native plants and animals, and discuss human impacts in these areas. Students will then participate in a student-led project to design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.​

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