​Shipley Nature Center (TK/PreK through 4th Grade)

Inside the Outdoors® at Shipley Nature Center includes five science and social science experiences for PreKindergarten through fourth grade. Shipley Nature Center is an 18-acre restored natural area in the western portion of Huntington Beach Central Park. 


TK/PreK: Ecosystem Extravaganza

Take a journey through the adventures of the Hare and the Tortoise.  Students explore the race course, play games, and enjoy art.  They will even meet a slow but steady tortoise along the way.


Kindergarten: Ecosystem Extravaganza

Students use their senses to explore and compare different ecosystems by making leaf rubbings and digging through soil. They will also see and touch live program animals from different ecosystems.
NGSS Standards Supported: K-LS1-1., K-ESS2-2., K-ESS3-1.


Plants: Ecosystem Extravaganza (1st and 2nd Grade)

Discovering the world of plants, students learn about seeds, flowers, and special characteristics of plants that attract or repel insects and other animals.
NGSS Standards Supported: 1-LS1-1., 1-LS3-1., 2-LS2-2., and 2-LS4-1.

Animals: Ecosystem Extravaganza (1st and 2nd Grade)

Students delve into the world of skins, skulls, scat, and tracks as they walk through the nature center on the lookout for animal evidence.
NGSS Standards Supported: 2-LS4-1. and 1-LS3-1.


Third Grade: Gabrieliño Walk

Students travel back in time to discover the lifestyle of local Native Americans. They twine plant material to make string, create music using authentic instruments, hunt and learn how the Tongva (Gabrieliño) and Acjachemen (Juaneño) used plants as food, shelter, and medicine.

California History/Social Science Content Standards Supported: 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.5.1


Fourth Grade: Native American Program

Students will "cook", gather food, play skill building games, hunt, weave, and make fire to experience life as it was 500 years ago for the California Native Americans.

NGSS Standards Supported: 4-ESS3-2.
California History/Social Science Content Standards Supported: 4.2.1

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

           Lunch area is available at the adjacent park.
Parking: Limited vehicle parking
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with the
                      help of an aide 
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