​Investigating Ecosystems


Inside the Outdoors® 2 hour programs highlight a few of the station activities from our full day program.

Irvine Regional Park and Santiago Oaks Regional Park were significantly burned in the Canyon Fire 2 in October of 2017. We are planning to reopen these sites in the spring of 2019.

4th Grade​

This program has been revised to better support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for 4th grade.
 
NGSS Standards Supported:
4-LS1-1, 4-ESS1-1

This program is currently running out of Irvine Regional Park. Additional sites may be added in the future.

Plant Uses

Students participate in a directed scavenger hunt activity in which they will identify plants in the coastal sage scrub ecosystem. Through the interactive activity, they learn how Native Americans used the plants for food, medicine, and tools, and how animals use the plants for food and shelter.

Scat

Students examine the scat from several different animals and classify the animals according to their diet. They also learn the function of decomposers in ecosystems.

Live Animals

Students see and touch live program animals representative of those found in local ecosystem and learn how their adaptations enable them to survive.

Geology

Students will explore the rocks and minerals in the riparian ecosystem.

 

5th Grade

This program has been revised to better support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for 5th grade.
 
NGSS Standards Supported:
5-LS2-1, 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-2
 
This program is currently running out of Santiago Oaks Regional Park. Additional sites may be added in the future.
 
Plant Labs
Students work in cooperative groups at lab stations to learn how plants adapt to dry conditions in the costal sage scrub ecosystem.
Water Station

Students participate in several hands-on activities to learn about the source of their local water, the water cycle, the amount of fresh water available on Earth, and water reuse.

 

Live Animals
Students see and touch a live mammal and reptile representative of animals in this ecosystem and learn how their adaptations enable them to survive.

 

Energy Trail

Students will learn about different native animals and be able to identify where they get their energy.

 

 

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

Parking: Vehicle parking is very limited, personal vehicles may have a $3.00 fee
 
Accessibility: limited wheelchair accessible at Irvine Regional Park
 
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