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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

 Pre-K

Using dramatic play, we will pack our backpacks & head out for a “hike” through different habitats, encountering our live animals along the way. $5.50, up to 20, 45 minutes

Students will transform into a butterfly and go on its life journey, discovering similarities and differences between other animals along the way. $5.50, up to 40, 45 minutes

K

Students will meet several native animals and learn what they need to survive in the wild. Standard: K-LS1-1. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

Students will explore some of California’s native habitats and meet some of the critters that live there. Standard: K-ESS3-1. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

 1st

Students will explore bio-inspired design; they will take ideas from native animals’ adaptations and design an animal-inspired innovation. Standard: 1-LS1-1. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

Students will learn how different plants and animals grow and change throughout their life cycles. Standard: 1-LS3-1. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

2nd

Students will make models of famous pollinator pairs from the animal kingdom. Standards: 2-LS2-2, K-2-ETS1-2. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

Students will learn why biodiversity is so important – meeting members of CA’s native ecosystems along the way. Standard: 2-LS4-1. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

3rd

Students will engage is several activities that demonstrate the role and significance of adaptations. Standards: 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

Students will compare and contrast several reptiles & amphibians – learning about life cycles, animal behavior, & reproduction along the way. Standard: 3-LS1-1. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

4th

Students will use smell, touch, sight, and hearing to make observations – and learn how animals use their senses to survive in nature. Standards: 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

After learning about the indigenous peoples of Orange County, students will jump into a hands-on simulation of how trading worked in pre-Spanish California history. Students will construct a miniature raft that floats and develop proper negotiating skills to acquire all of the resources they need for survival. Standards: 4.2.1, 4.2.5 $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

5th

Students will model how a food web works and learn how tampering with a balanced web can have long-lasting effects on nature. Standard: 5-LS2-1. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

Students will learn about our limited natural resources and model how to make better decisions that will help conserve these resources. Standard: 5-ESS3-1. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour 15 minutes.

Middle School

Students will learn the ins and outs of human population growth and how it is impacting our planet; students will model how healthy populations fluctuate over time in nature. Standards: MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

Students will design and build a prototype of an innovation that will help minimize human impact on the environment. Standards: MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

High School

Students will study some examples of ‘ecosystem engineers’ and try their hand at engineering a solution to an environmental problem. Standards: HS-LS2-7, HS-ESS3-4. $8, up to 40, 2-3 hours

Students will learn about the various threats to our planet’s biodiversity and will brainstorm solutions that will help conserve wildlife. Standard: HS-LS4-5. $5.50, up to 40, 90 minutes

Other

This presentation highlights 4 creatures, great and small. Designed for all ages and any kind of audience, participants will get to meet 4 of our animals and learn why we should respect wildlife. $5.50, up to 40, 1 hour

In this 6-week series, participants will encounter a different taxonomic group each week – from ‘Super Spiders’ to ‘Terrific Toads’, we’ve got plenty of amazing animals to talk about. 6-week series, $100/session, up to 20, 30 minutes

Your Traveling Naturalist will meet you at a local park, school yard, or wildlife sanctuary and facilitate a one-of-a-kind hike, teaching you about the plants and critters all around us. Participants will practice being a naturalist by using special tools, making observations, and asking questions on their hike. *needs to be booked at least 8 weeks in advance. $7.50, up to 20, 90 minutes

Students will learn about the different forms of waste, and the many resources needed to make our food, electricity, and creature comforts. Students will practice reducing food waste by weighing their S.L.O.P. (stuff left on plates) in the cafeteria every day for a week. 5-day series, $750, up to 100, 30 minutes

Designed for students or adults with special needs, this animal encounter can be customized for the cognitive and physical abilities of the participants. $5.50, up to 20, 30-45 minutes

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