​Upper Newport Bay (4th Grade)

Upper Newport Bay is the largest wetland in Orange County. Coastal bluffs, marshes, mudflats, and open water provide a wide diversity of habitats for your students to explore. Inside the Outdoors® at Upper Newport Bay gives your students the opportunity to learn how a wetland ecosystem functions, discover its inhabitants, and imagine living as Gabrieliño Indians. 

This program supports the following state standards:

NGSS: 4-LS1-1., 4-ESS3-2.

History/Social Science Standard: 4.2.1


Fourth grade students participate in the following four learning stations during this full day program:

Preserved bird parts and visual aids are used to teach students characteristics of birds. Using binoculars, students observe live birds and identify their adaptations. Students also learn about the importance of Upper Newport Bay as a wetland habitat along the Pacific Flyway.

Students discover the roles organisms play in the estuary ecosystem and explore in the mud to find evidence of the organisms.

Students become amateur archaeologists as they dig in an “ancient” Native American midden and “discover” artifacts from long ago. Students compare different aspects of modern society with the Tongva’s and Ajacheman’s way of life hundreds of years ago.

By participating in a scavenger hunt, students identify wetland plants and learn about their unique adaptations. They also learn that some plants and animals depend on each other for survival.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Parking: Vehicle parking is limited
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with help
                         from an aide.


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