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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: Making Maps/Curious Cartographers
Second Grade  (Nov-Jun) 

NGSS Standards Supported: 2-ESS2-2

In the age of technology, how is it that maps still matter? Students become a cartographer and observe the different landscapes in the Upper Newport Bay. They then use their observations to create a map.

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) 

Coming Soon!

Shipley Nature Center/ Mt. SAC: Gabrieliño Walk
Third Grade 
NGSS 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)

NGSS 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)

Coming soon!

Rancho Soñado: Soil's Impact on Percolation
Fifth Grade  (Oct-Jun)

NGSS Standards Supported: 5-ESS2-1

How can soil impact the water cycle? Our virtual field trip at Rancho Soñado explores how the geosphere and hydrosphere interact while focusing on soil permeability. Students will do a variety of experiments to determine how permeable the soil really is.

​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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