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Field Trip Options

Our goal is to give each student an enriching and enjoyable day of science experiences.  We will work with you to provide a field trip that will complement what is being done in the classroom in our unique outdoor setting. For your convenience, we also offer pre-organized field trip options. Below is a list of our most common field trip options.  Keep in mind, the options can be combined by breaking a larger group of students (50 to 60) into smaller rotations. Just tell us how long you will be here and we can create the perfect trip package.   Also, we can make adjustments to any of the options below to better meet your needs.

Common Core Skills are reinforced in all of our field trips through questioning, predicting, and summarizing.  Additionally, the interactive hands-on nature of our field trips allow students and teachers to take back their trip experiences to the classroom and follow up the day with a variety of written assignments, debates, science labs, and class discussions.

Field Trip Options;

Jr. Farmers                                                                  Approx. 2 hours
In this option, students have the opportunity to meet our farm animals and learn about the foods they eat, what makes them unique, and other interesting facts.  Students may get to touch a chicken or rooster, pet a goat, or feed the pony.  The second half of the tour allows students to walk through our gardens and see how food grows right from the land.  We will smell, taste, and touch our way through our organically grown fruits and vegetables. We may even have the chance to plant a seed for our next crop rotation. 

Supports the Life Science standards in K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and all grade levels of Investigation and Experimentation Strands.  

Earth Recyclers                                                         Approx. 1 1/2 hour 
Perfectly tailored to cover the fourth grade standard on decomposers (2.c.).  Students will be a part of the process from start to finish.  First they will collect plant clippings and weeds.  From there they will fill a compost bin and learn about the composting process.  We'll even add pony manure to the bins.  Students will be able to observe and touch different stages of compost ending with our finished soil for planting. Worms and other insects that are a part of the decomposing process will also be explored.  Although bacteria are not investigated as part of this tour, they are included in  the explanation of the process. This tour is most beneficial with less than 35 students.

Supports Life Science Standards in 4th grade, and all levels of Investigation and Experimentation Strands.   

Desert Dwellers                                                         Approx. 1 hour
We currently have three different types of tortoises and two types of turtles here at the center.  Students can learn what they eat and feed them.  Students will also observe, touch, and learn about how albino snakes lose their ability to camouflage from predators.  Our local snakes gives students the opportunity to learn how safe and wonderful they really are here and we give them the opportunity to observe the difference between a snake and a skink in an interactive tour.

Supports Life Science Standards in K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and all levels of Investigation and Experimentation Strands

Jr. Naturalists                                                            Approx. 1 hour (2 hours for photo recording)
Observing patterns in the environment and in animal behavior are science skills used by biologists, statisticians, ecologists, and more.  What better place to practice those skills than the science center.  Students in elementary, middle, and high can observe organisms in different micro-climates, collect and analyze data from both abiotic resources and organic matter and make conclusions based on their own experimental data.  Technology fits well into this trip through the use of iPad's , digital cameras, and cell phone apps.

Supports Life Science Standards in K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th, Biology, ICS, and all levels of Investigation and Experimentation Strands 

Insects Among Us                                                      Approx. 1.5 hours
Students will be walked through the center's many exhibits observing insects in their natural habitat.  Insects can be identified using flip books containing pictures of many of our insects on site.  With hand lenses, students will be able to make observations, take measurements, and record data.  Pictures can be taken as part of the recorded data.  All data can be discussed as a whole group and summarized, then taken back to the school site for easy follow up activities.

Supports the Life Science Standards in  , and all levels of Investigation and Experimentation Strands

Coming Soon:
  • Gigantic Outdoor Stream Table
  • California Orange Grove - Study the history of the arrival of the navel orange
  • Pond Ecology - look at pond water ecology
  • Technology in the Field - Collect data using the latest data hubs and our navigational system