Field Trip Ideas in Orange County

Field Trip Ideas in Orange County
Blessed by mountain, valley and coastal landscapes, as well as rural and urban environments, Orange County, California, offers many field trip options. Teachers and students can travel back in time or on the ocean, examine butterflies and butter churns, or explore valley grasslands or marmoset groups.

Kellog House

Visit an authentic, two-story Victorian home, built in 1898. First through fifth graders can dress in historical costumes, play with vintage toys and do laundry the old-fashioned way. Tours typically last two hours and run from $8 to $11 per student, though a four-hour tour includes more craft activities and a visit to a blacksmith shop. Teacher resources are available for download on the website (see Resources).

Heritage Museum of Orange County
3101 West Harvard Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 540-0404

Newport Landing Whale Watching

Take the kids on a two-hour boat tour for a guaranteed sighting of whales, dolphins and/or porpoises. A knowledgeable crew helps by sharing the discussion and pointing out highlights. Heading this program is a teacher credentialed by California, whose "Whale Watching Packet" contains 50 pages of information and activities that meet California state instructional standards. Prices are $11 per person for the 10 a.m. departure and $10 per person for the 1 p.m. departure.

Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm - Suite A
Balboa CA. 92661
(949) 675-0551

Environmental Nature Center

View 15 native California habitatsm including a chaparral with scrub brush and cacti, a freshwater marsh with cattails, and a redwood forest growing the tallest trees in the world. The Butterfly House is unique in the county. Several native species, such as the Monarch and the California Dogface, mate, fly and feed among 45 nectar plants in an enclosed structure. Nature programs run from one to two and a half hours and cost from $5 to $9 for kindergartners to seventh graders.

Environmental Nature Center
1601 16th St.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 645-8489

Knott's Berry Farm

The "Adventures in Education" program offers 28 different historical packages for first through twelfth graders in tours lasting from two to four hours. Students can go on a geologist tour and pan for gold, learn about Native American culture through storytelling, or travel through transportation history by riding a railroad, hot air balloon and stagecoach. Prices are $6 to $15 per student with a maximum of three free adults per class.

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA. 90620
(714) 220-5244

Santa Ana Zoo

Sound like a genius by taking the free guided tour for teachers before your students arrive. In this 20-acre animal preserve, you'll learn about monkeys such as the crested capuchin, birds such as the emu and amphibians such as the poison dart frog. You need to schedule your tour for Saturday mornings or weekday afternoons at least four weeks in advance. As for your students, group rates range from $4 to $6.

Santa Ana Zoo
1801 East Chestnut Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 647-6575

Article Written By Aurelio Locsin

Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.

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