School Field Trips

All teachers commented that this was the best, most relevant and fun field trip they have taken, and none of us are beginning teachers! …We are hooked!” – 2nd Grade Teacher


Field Trips
Reserve offers opportunities for hands-on learning through our onsite field trips. On a field trip to The Reserve, students will have fun while learning science and history in an outdoor setting. Each 2nd – 5th grade field trip includes a pre-field trip assembly at your school.

  • Kindergarten, Nature Explorers
    Students become nature explorers by using their senses and learning how to protect Earth’s plants, animals and environments. Students will explore habitats along San Juan Creek as they investigate animal evidence along the trail. As engineers, students will design, build and test solar shade structures and wildlife crossings.
    Kindergarten NGSS K-PS3-1-2, PS3.B, K-LS1-1, LS1.C, K-ESS3-1-3, ESS3.A-C, ETS1.A-B 
  • First Grade, Wildlife Investigators
    Students participate in hands-on activities along an interactive trail where they will learn about plants and animals and the different ways they survive in their environment. Wildlife investigators explore camouflage, skull and teeth shapes, plant parts, animal communication and biomimicry.
    First Grade NGSS 1-LS1-1-2, LS1.A-B, LS1.D, 1-LS3-1, LS3.A-B
  • Second Grade, The Earth and Its Changes
    Students become earth scientists as they dive into hands-on explorations with soils, sand, clay and water. Students will study how earth’s landforms are shaped, the many properties of rocks and minerals, and the surprising uses of earth’s natural resources. Hiking highlights include views of Rainbow Mountain and a visit to a Mother Oak, a 500 year-old oak tree.
    Second Grade NGSS PEs 2-eSS1-1; 2-ESS2-1 – 3; 2-LS4-1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, 2.4 & SL.2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6
  • Third Grade, Adaptations
    Students learn about plant, insect, and animal adaptations while traversing a trail through four distinct habitats. Students meet a live animal, investigate fossil evidence of past environments, and get hands-on experience with scientific tools, such as binoculars and insect sweep nets.
    Third Grade NGSS 3-LS1.-1, 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, 3.7 & SL.3.3, 3.6
  • Fourth Grade, Native American Life: A Walk Back in Time
    Through hands-on learning students will experience the life of the California Native American by playing games, gathering and trading, and learning how plants and animals were used for survival. Students will learn how the landscape of southern California influenced the way the native peoples adapted to their environment.
    Fourth Grade History-Social Science Standard 4.2.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, 4.4 & SL.4.2, 4.6
  • Fifth Grade, EcosySTEM Studies
    Students use investigation and inquiry to learn about careers in science, energy transfer and the biodiversity of local flora and fauna. Students engage in critical thinking as they consider human influence on the environment. 
    Fifth Grade NGSS PEs 5-PS3-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS3-1, 5-ESS2-1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4 & SL.5.6 

In addition to field trip programs, The Reserve also offers school assemblies. These 45-minute assemblies are best paired with a field trip to create a more comprehensive experience for students. Each 2nd – 5th grade field trip includes a pre-field trip assembly at your school. A minimal mileage fee may occur for non-local schools.

  • Second Grade, Earth Science Investigators: The Search for Rainbow Mountain
    Join Thomas the Geologist as he journeys to Rainbow Mountain. Along the way, Thomas thinks like a detective and discovers changes in the earth, how the earth’s resources are useful to humans, and to distinguish between rocks and minerals.
  • Third Grade, Adaptations of Orange County Wildlife
    All plants and animals need food, water, shelter, and space to survive. Students study how Orange County plants and animals have developed adaptations to survive in their environment.
  • Fourth Grade, Adventures in Archaeology: Digging Up Clues From the Past
    This presentation gives an intriguing look into the culture and customs of our local Native American tribes before the arrival of Europeans. Students unearth clues from the past to see how California Indians lived and adapted to life in southern California.

  • Fifth Grade, Caring for the Land: The Science and Stewardship of Open Space
    Students learn how science is used to make decisions about how people care for the earth’s resources. Students study ecosystem interactions, food chains and energy transfer, as well as how people can be a positive influence on their local environment.



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