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Field Trip Ideas for Orange County

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Celebration Education Field Trips
Come on the trips organized by Celebration Education!!! You don't have to take Celebration classes to go on the field trips, but you might want to!

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park CA 90620
Take advantage of the wonderful field trip opportunities offered at Medieval Times. Great educational matinee, great program for students of all ages.

Newport Landing Whale
Watching $11 Homeschool Special-Year Round

309 Palm Street Suite A Newport Beach
Offering year round whale watching and dolphin cruises multiple times daily. View giant blue whales, finback whales, & minke whales during the summer and fall months and the gray whale migration in winter and spring months. Humpback whales and other whales can be viewed year round as well. Over 2000 whales were viewed in 2013. Along with many varieties of whales, view several species of dolphin, sea lions, and much more. The primary whale watching ship was built just for whale watching with two levels and great views from any place onboard. Surround outdoor seating on the lower level, large indoor salon, and upper deck with seating for incredible viewings are just some of the amenities to ensure your whale watching experience is rich and in comfort. All families that school from home receive our $11 student rate. Just mention student rate when reserving. $11 rate is good for any day/cruise time and is great offer.

Santa Ana Zoo Tour

Sherman Library and Gardens

Magnolia Bird Farm
8990 Cerritos Ave, Anaheim, 714-527-3387

Tessman Planetarium

Santiago Oaks Nature Center

Clark Park Fossil Dig

Shipley Nature Center

San Juan Capistrano Mission

Centennial Farm

Pacific Marine Mammal Center
20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach 92651
(949) 494-3050

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Fullerton Arboretum

Laguna Koi Ponds

Doheny State Beach Interpretive Center

Discovery Science Center
a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs.

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Heritage Museum of Orange County
Home of the Kellogg House
Web address: www.heritagemuseumoc.org
3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana
Play with Victorian toys, dress up in old clothes, hand wash clothes, make butter, eat oranges, etc. 

Audubon California, Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Starr Ranch Field Ecology Programs
100 Bell Canyon Rd., Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
(949) 858-0309
Website: www.starrranch.org
Wildlife ecology field trips! All programs can be tailored to fit group needs. Please call Sandy DeSimone to discuss options. 


International Surfing Museum

411 Olive Avenue, Huntington Beach
(714) 960-3483

Modjeska Historic House & Gardens
29042 Modjeska Canyon Road, Modjeska Canyon
(949) 855-2028

Orange County Marine Protected Area Council
Dedicated to protecting and preserving these areas as well as educating the public about the marine life and how they can help and get involved in the efforts. 

Steve Harding Field Trips
Schedule Steve to lead your group's next nature walk. He offers programs on Animal, plant, and insect studies. Web site: http://natureguy.net 

Marconi Automotive Museum 

Westminster Museum/Historical Park

They come to your group. Perfect for all beginning and intermediate level modelers. Learn how model rockets are built and flown safely! Each student will build his or her own model rocket -- yours to keep and launch over and over. Call (714) 529-1598 or e-mail mebowitz@earthlink.net 

Knott’s Adventures in Education
Knott's Berry Farm is a human adventure, created for people of all ages. They salute the lure and lore of California and the West. They celebrate the cultures, traditions and unique spirit of the extraordinary American Experience. For over 50 years Knott's has been different - and the difference is Real. Adventures In Education can open your mind, expand your spirit and, perhaps, even touch your heart. 

Newport Bay Conservancy 
School tours, patch programs, shark camps, canoe tours, campfires and walking tours. 

Goodwill Industries 

Field Trip Factory
Free Field Trips at several loctions 

Theatre for Teens at La Mirada Theatre
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638
Phone Number: 714.690.2900
La Mirada Theatre's teen theatre series, produced by Phantom Projects Educational Theatre Groups, presents plays performed for teens and their parents in special AM and PM performances. 

Earthroots Field School
By Jodi Levine
Jodi teaches experiential outdoor classes that bring children closer to the rhythms of the earth while encouraging a sense of connection. Classes such as wild, edible and medicinal plant hikes, gardening at South Laguna Village Garden, candle-making using beeswax, tidepool/marine biology field trips in Laguna Beach and natural fiber basket and rope-making. Jodi has been working (playing) with students outside the classroom for 5 years. In addition to teaching homeschool classes, she teaches elementary school gardening at the Anneliese School in Laguna Beach three afternoons a week. For all classes, please phone or email to RSVP: (949) 400-3340 jodilevine@onebox.com 

La Habra Children's Museum

Bowers Museum
Santa Ana

Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Inside the Outdoors 

Petting Zoo and Bird Park

Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center
18381 Goldenwest StreetHuntington Beach
(714) 848-6565
A public boarding facility with trail rides available to the public. Located right next to Central Park, they love to have children and adults of all ages come out and visit. 

Environmental Nature Center
Location: 1601 16th St., Newport Beach
Phone Number: 949-645-8489

Orange County Zoo 

Back to Natives Restoration 

Newport Sea Base
1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach
A youth maritime facility, open to the public - access to Newport Bay for environmental studies and educational boating activities. 

Rev. Gary Beard's Federal House
In Tustin
Rev. Gary Beard (known to many as a George Washington re-enactor) has graciously transformed a portion of his home into a hands-on history museum. His mission is to show this space to as many school aged children as possible. Rev. Beard has brought together many artifacts of our country’s history into one beautiful space. He has items such as books, original coins, and a collection of clothing that are over 100 years old. Although he has left these items out for all children to see and touch, the items should be held with the utmost care. Call Rev. Beard and set-up an opportunity to experience all of this for yourself: (714) 544 6635. Rev. Beard is happy to accept donations so that he can further his collection. 

In Anaheim

Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruise
309 Palm Street, Suite A, Newport Beach, 949-675-0551
Providing whale watching cruises to school groups for over 20 years. It is always a wonderful experience for the kids with so many new experiences from being on the ocean to experiencing nature up close. School rates are for any school related trip. With year around whale watching each season brings different whales. From giant blue whales to the popular grey whale migration. The Nautical Museum has a neat Whale Of A Day program that compliments the whale watching experience. 

Theatre for Young Audiences at South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
Special School Time performances for the Theatre for Young Audiences series is offered to student groups at special ticket prices. These shows are appropriate for grades K-6. Tickets for these performances are $5, for groups of 15 or more. To take advantage of these great student offers, please call 714-708-5555. 

Alternate Routes Woodworking
Alternate Routes is Side Street Projects’ creative woodworking program for kids age 5 to 11. Since 1997, Alternate Routes has brought the lost art of woodworking to literally thousands of children throughout LA County. Alternate Routes’ goal is to teach children how to use tools safely, effectively and (ultimately) independent of adult assistance. Classes are held in brightly colored mobile classrooms: renovated transit buses that house 10 woodworking stations custom made for children. Each station is equipped with hand tools, adjustable workbenches, supplies and materials: everything needed to create a multitude of woodworking projects. There are two artist-teachers per bus, providing an impressive 5:1 student/teacher ratio at all times. http://sidestreet.org/bring-us-to-your-school/

Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari
Bring the kids and get up-close and personal with herds of dolphin up to 5,000 strong, migrating Gray Whales (Jan.-Apr.) and migrating Blue Whales (June – Oct.). Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari in Dana Point will take you aboard a hi-tech catamaran sailboat for an educational and exciting experience where you’ll get a chance to get within arm’s reach of dolphin herds. See and hear the animals, too, with an underwater camera and hydrophone while an experienced marine naturalist explains how these animals live. Homemade triple fudge brownies are served. Departures daily at 10:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. Fare: $55; ages 3-11, $35. Mention you are a homeschooling family (Capt. Dave and his wife, Gisele are too!) for a 20% discount Monday through Friday. Two and under is free. Telephone reservations are required. Phone (949)488-2828. www.dolphinsafari.com

Dana Wharf Whale Watching
34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point
(949) 496-5794
Dana Wharf is a family owned and operated business in Dana Point Harbor that has been bringing high quality family fun at the lowest price since 1957! They offer HUGE discounts for groups and have provided both private charters as well as group discounts for many local home school groups. Take advantage of half price Tuesdays and your group can go for as low as $14.50 per person! Dana Warf is happy to customize the experience for your group and work within your budget. Their state of the art vessels include the 95' Dana Pride built in 2002 and the brand new 65' Ocean Adventures catamaran. The whale watching season runs all year round! We see Gray Whales November - April and Blue Whales May - October. We also see over 5 different kinds of dolphin! Call (949) 496-5794 x 11 and they'll be happy to arrange your field trip!


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Comment by Angela Hansen on December 13, 2017 at 12:17pm

Check out American Academy's parents' night out event takes place every Saturday night from 5:30p - 10:00p. Kids have fun playing and learning while parents take a night off. No sign up necessary, just drop in. Charter students special field trip discount is available. To learn more please visit www.OCStudyCenter.com


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