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Department of Education
Bring the outdoors into your classroom or home with our Virtual Field Trips!
Each program is 45-60 minutes in length.
current program fees.
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NGSS Standards Supported: 1-LS1-1Can 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.
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.
NGSS Standards Supported: 3-LS4-4What 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.
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.
Standards Supported: NGSS MS-ESS3-3 Health: 7–8.6.2.P, 7–8.1.10.P
Students will think critically about connections between human land uses and water quality through exploration of a fictional watershed. Students analyze water samples to identify sources of potential pollution and brainstorm strategies to monitor or minimize pollution.
Standards Supported: NGSS MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS3-4, HS-ESS3-3
Do you know what it takes to get the water you depend on from its source to your tap? Through experimentation with a groundwater model, students will learn about Orange County's water sources and how our water is managed for sustainability.
Standards Supported: MS-ESS3-3 or MS-LS2-4
Students will learn about the fragile ecosystem of the microorganisms which play a critical role in Orange County sanitation system. Students will collaborate and investigate a mock problem which will take them up stream from OC SAN as they test the sewer line to discover where the contaminant is originating. Students will then design a method to safeguard the system or create an argument explaining how changing factors can affect populations within an ecosystem.
Standards Supported: NGSS HS-ETS1-3, HS-ESS3-1Students will learn about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its connections to our local water resources. Students will engage in projects to collect and analyze data and explore this real-world complex intersection of human and natural systems.