​Irvine Regional Park

Irvine Regional Park, in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, has native oak, riparian, and coastal sage scrub ecosystems. The zoo in the park specializes in native animals. It is an ideal location for your students to study ecology, learn plant and animal adaptations, and identify edible and useful plants. Inside the Outdoors® at Irvine Regional Park is a full day program.

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

4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS3-2, 4-ESS3-1

Fourth grade students come to appreciate how plants and animals have adapted to different environmental conditions through these learning stations:

Students examine the scat from several different animals and learn how different structures support survival and growth in native animals.

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.

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

Students participate in a guided exploration of the zoo and make observations and inferences to discover some of the adaptations that native California animals have. They also learn about different animals external structures that help them to survive.

Students will explore the rocks, minerals, and geologic structures in the riparian and coastal sage scrub ecosystems.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Parking: $3.00 per vehicle
Accessibility: Site is wheelchair accessible
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