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Traveling Naturalist: School

Teachers:

Observation, Critical Thinking and Designing the Process is what STEAM, NGSS and Common Core Traveling Naturalist programs are all about!

No mileage fee will be charged for locations within 10 miles of the ENC. A $1.10 per mile fee (round trip) will be charged to locations beyond 10 miles with a minimum charge of $35.

To book a Traveling Naturalist call 949-645-8489 or email mindy@encenter.org

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Grades

Science Focus

History/Social Science Focus

 Pre-K & TK

After a story about bees, students will get to see bees under a microscope, learn about pollination through a bee dance, and discover why bees are so important. 45 min/$5.50 per student- Minimum 20 student booking fee.

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A 45 – 60-minute program offered to kindergarten students. On this exciting adventure, students will discover the attributes of mammals and learn about the habitats they come from. Through storytelling, playing games, and touching live animals, students will learn about mammals, and the difference between fictional and realistic traits. (Kindergarten Science Standards: 1a, 2a, 2c, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4d, 4e.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

A 45- to 60-minute program offered to pre-kindergarten students. Students will transform into a butterfly and go on a journey to discover animal differences. During this live animal storytelling adventure, students will engage their conversational skills, play games to hone their listening skills and learn about the world around them by touching live animals and artifacts. Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

K

A 45 – 60-minute program offered to kindergarten students. On this exciting adventure, students will discover the attributes of mammals and learn about the habitats they come from. Through storytelling, playing games, and touching live animals, students will learn about mammals, and the difference between fictional and realistic traits. (Science Standards: 1a, 2a, 2c, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4d, 4e.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

A 45 – 60-minute program offered to kindergarten students. The ENC Naturalist will guide students through a discussion of why plants are important. One student will become a seed and receive water, soil, sunlight and air to grow into a tree. The students become plants and grow roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds. Students learn about the characteristics that all mammals share and feel real mammal pelts. They learn what birds have in common and touch a real owl wing and foot. Students learn about insects and watch as a classmate is transformed into a butterfly. They learn all about reptiles and have an opportunity to touch a live snake. (Science Standards: 1a, 2a, 2c, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4d, 4e.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

A 45- to 60-minute program offered to pre-kindergarten students. Students will transform into a butterfly and go on a journey to discover animal differences. During this live animal storytelling adventure, students will engage their conversational skills, play games to hone their listening skills and learn about the world around them by touching live animals and artifacts. Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

 1st

Students will use their observation skills to describe adaptations of 3 animals they meet and how those adaptations help the animal succeed in their environments. Students learn about human designs that have been inspired by nature and then work in teams to draw up their own inventions inspired by 1 of the animals they have met. 1 hour program, $5.50 per student/ 20 student minimum fee. Standards: 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 1-LS3-1

A 60-minute program offered to 1st grade students. Students learn that different plants and animals inhabit many kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in various places. They participate in a skit to learn that plants have roots to absorb water and nutrients from the soil and green leaves to make food from sunlight. Students see and touch the real skulls of animals to infer what animals eat from the shapes of their teeth. They see and touch mammal horns, antlers, claws and hooves, and discuss how they help mammals to thrive. They perform experiments and observe owl wings to learn how these amazing birds fly silently to catch their prey. They discuss the adaptations that help reptiles to live in very hot, dry places and touch a live snake. (Science Standards: 2a, 2b, 2e, 2c, 2d, 2e.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

2nd

A 60-minute program offered to 2nd grade students. Students will be immersed in the life cycle of a cricket during this fascinating insect investigation. They will sharpen their observation skills by catching and examining their very own cricket and recording their findings. They will learn about the role of crickets and other insects in the environment, and learn how to see life through the eyes of an insect. (Science Standards: 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 4d, 4g.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

A 60-minute program offered to 2nd grade students. Students “become” plants and learn how they grow and reproduce. Students learn that animals produce offspring of their own kind, and look through our baby book to see that many baby animals resemble their parents. They see replicas of butterfly eggs, larva, pupae and adults to learn about metamorphosis. They play a game to match animal eggs with the critters that laid them. Students view real animal skulls to determine which is predator and which is prey based on the position of their eyes, and also get to see and touch a real, live predator! (Science Standards: 2a, 2b, 2e, 2f, 3e.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

3rd

A 60-minute program offered to 3rd grade students. Students learn that energy comes from the Sun to Earth in the form of sunlight, which is collected by leaves, which convert it to food. They perform a skit and learn which parts of the plant are responsible for growth and reproduction. Students “visit” different environments: the ocean, desert, forest, and grassland and learn about the adaptations of diverse life forms. In the ocean, students see and touch a kelp holdfast, a sea urchin skeleton, a sea otter pelt, and a shark jaw, and discuss their adaptations. In the grassland, students see and touch a ground squirrel pelt and an owl wing and discuss their adaptations. In the forest, students see and touch deer antlers and a cougar claw and discuss their adaptations. In the desert, students see and touch a live snake and discuss its adaptations. (Science Standards: 1a, 1d, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

A 60-minute program offered to 3rd and 4th grade students. After learning about the daily life of two indigenous peoples of Orange County, the Tongva (Gabrielino) and Acjachemen (Juaneño), students will jump into a hands-on simulation of how trading worked in pre-Spanish California history, around 500 years ago. In this fun quest, students will construct a miniature raft that floats and develop proper negotiating skills to acquire all of the resources they need for survival. (Social Science Standards: 3.2.1, 3.5.1, 3.5.3, 4.2.1.) Tuition: $5/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

4th

A 60-minute program offered to 4th grade students. Students experience a fun obstacle course during which they build, form and erode land forms to gain points for their team. They learn about earthquakes, plate tectonics, seismographs, the rock cycle and rock classification. Through a Seismograph simulation, the Junior Geologists become familiar with measuring and collecting data, as they shake things up in their classroom and unearth geology! (Science Standards: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 6c, 6d.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

A 60-minute program offered to 4th grade students. Students become ecologists and study producers and consumers within the ecosystem. They learn that plants are the primary source of matter and energy entering most food chains. Students learn about decomposers and play an energy pyramid game to learn about interdependence. They study real animal skulls to determine if animals are carnivores, omnivores or herbivores based on the shape of their teeth. Students see and touch a real, live carnivore. (Science Standards: 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

A 60-minute program offered to 3rd and 4th grade students. In the days before digital entertainment, people across the world told legends to explain the world around them. Students will learn a legend of two indigenous peoples of Orange County, the Tongva (Gabrielino) and Acjachemen (Juaneño) and master crafting legends as they dive into the magical world of storytelling. In this hands-on workshop, students will create and share legends based on the six sacred animals. They will design their own symbols, and craft their own talking sticks. (Social Science Standards: 3.2.1, 4.2.1.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

A 60-minute program offered to 3rd and 4th grade students. After learning about the daily life of two indigenous peoples of Orange County, the Tongva (Gabrielino) and Acjachemen (Juaneño), students will jump into a hands-on simulation of how trading worked in pre-Spanish California history, around 500 years ago. In this fun quest, students will construct a miniature raft that floats and develop proper negotiating skills to acquire all of the resources they need for survival. (Social Science Standards: 3.2.1, 3.5.1, 3.5.3, 4.2.1.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

5th

A 60-minute program offered to 5th grade students. Molecules surround us but how do we know they exist? How do you draw the line between magic and science? Students will participate in several exciting, interactive, hands-on experiments that will help them understand the periodic table of elements. They will explore the Scientific Method by launching rockets and reinventing the water cycle and will learn that matter really matters! (Science Standards: 1a, 1b, 1d, 1e, 1f, 1g, 1h, 1i, 3c.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

A 60-minute program offered to 5th grade students. Students learn that most of Earth’s water is present as salt water in the oceans and that the amount of fresh water is limited. After viewing a watershed map and discussing water pollution and conservation, they play a game to explore some ways in which water is polluted and cleaned. Students discuss photosynthesis and plant respiration and learn how sugar, water, and minerals are transported in a vascular plant by playing a game in which the entire class becomes a giant tree. This program is best when experienced in the schoolyard. (Science Standards: 2e, 2f, 2g, 3a, 3d, 3e ) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

6th

After learning the ins and outs of interdependency, students will meet a few animals and create a chart that illustrates environmental factors affecting these animals and how the animals are linked in an ecosystem: Mutually beneficial, competitive, or predatory. 1.5 hours, $8.50 per student / 20 student minimum fee. Standards: MS-LS2-2., MS-LS2-5

A 60-minute program offered to 6th grade students. Students learn that energy enters ecosystems as sunlight, is transferred by producers into chemical energy through photosynthesis and then transferred from organism to organism through food webs. They play an energy pyramid game to learn how matter is transferred over time from one organism to others in the food web. Students also play Energy Cups and learn that energy is lost as it passes up through the energy pyramid. They discuss renewable and nonrenewable resources and ways that they can be protected and conserved. This program must be experienced in the schoolyard (due to the use of water in games). (California Science Standards: 5a, 5b, 5d, 5e, 6b.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

Junior High

After learning the ins and outs of interdependency, students will meet a few animals and create a chart that illustrates environmental factors affecting these animals and how the animals are linked in an ecosystem: Mutually beneficial, competitive, or predatory. 1.5 hours, $8.50 per student / 20 student minimum fee. Standards: MS-LS2-2., MS-LS2-5

A 60-minute program offered to 6th grade students. Students learn that energy enters ecosystems as sunlight, is transferred by producers into chemical energy through photosynthesis and then transferred from organism to organism through food webs. They play an energy pyramid game to learn how matter is transferred over time from one organism to others in the food web. Students also play Energy Cups and learn that energy is lost as it passes up through the energy pyramid. They discuss renewable and nonrenewable resources and ways that they can be protected and conserved. This program must be experienced in the schoolyard (due to the use of water in games). (California Science Standards: 5a, 5b, 5d, 5e, 6b.) Tuition: $5.50/student (minimum 20, maximum 40 per session).

Playing with bottle caps, pennies and disrupting dinner tables? Some would call it goofing off – but not Sir Issac Newton! Students will follow in Newton’s footsteps as their classroom is turned into a fun-filled, hand-on physics exploration laboratory. (Standards: 2a, 2c, 2d, 2f, 9a, 9b, 9c, 9d, 9e, 9f, 9g)

High School

A 60-minute assembly offered to 1st – 8th grade students. In this exciting program, students see live birds of prey up close. As ornithologists, they will compare and contrast the traits and adaptations of hawks, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey. Students will play games and participate in hands-on activities, gaining knowledge that will aid them in playing our “Raptorology 101” game show. (Program content varies based on grade level and curriculum standards.) Assembly ONLY. Tuition: $385/1st assembly, $100 for each additional assembly on the same day. (Up to 150 students per assembly).  This program has an extra mileage fee of $35.

A 60-minute program offered to Junior High and High School students. The CLIMATE REALITY presentation helps us understand our roles as humans in taking positive action for improving the way we interact and use our world’s resources.  This presentation by Michael Winters, instructor with the San Gabriel Unified School District for 12 years, stimulates action-oriented dialog to empower real, local action. Droughts, floods, heat waves, insect outbreaks, wildfires, and sea level rise – we are encountering the reality of our changing climate every day. This latest presentation developed by Al Gore and the Climate Reality project highlight the extreme weather events of the past couple years and connects their increased frequency and intensity to anthropogenic climate change. The majority of the worlds’ scientists agree that burning of fossil fuels is changing the climate. There are those who would like to plant the seed of doubt about this reality. This new presentation will use scientific data to debunk the myths and misinformation being presented. Solutions are the final piece of the presentation; hopefully leaving everybody with the hope and inspiration that together we can turn the situation around and leave a better planet for future generations. Assemblies, $285/1st assembly (up to 150 students) $100 for each assembly thereafter on the same day.

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