Category: All things educational

Acorn Day

Get back to nature with Acorn Day as this awesome event returns to O’Neill Regional Park!

This free, family-friendly day of excitement and learning offers activities for every age including free crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, and acorn and oak tree planting.

Other activities include storytelling, live animal demonstrations, nature activities, face painting, book signing of “How to Draw 60 Native California Plants and Animals: A Field Guide”, and live music from Shadybrook Bluegrass. Refreshments available for purchase.

Additional participants include Orange County Bird of Prey Center, Orange County Fire Watch, Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, Orange County Animal Care, Southern California Bluebird Society, Inside the Outdoors, The Cooper Center and more.

  • When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10;00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Where: O’Neill Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

  • Cost: FREE, parking fees may apply.

For more information: call (949) 923-2260 or email oneillpark@ocparks.com or go to www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks

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OC’s Ancient Wonders

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OC Parks and the Dr. John D Cooper Archeological and Paleontological Center invite you to OC’s Ancient Wonders on Saturday, September 9 at Mile Square Regional Park. This free, educational family event will present Orange County’s rich heritage of natural history, prehistoric animals and plants, and Native American culture to the community.

The event will feature displays of local fossils and Native American artifacts, educational crafts and hands-on activities for kids of all ages, archery demonstrations, Native American storytelling, guided hikes led by Naturalist for You, a volcano demonstration, and a butterfly tent by Western Monarch Guardians.

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Schedule of events:

  • 11:45 AM – Guided hike by Naturalist for You

  • 12:30 PM – Volcano demonstration

  • 1:15 PM – Native American Storytelling by Jacque Tahuka-Nunez of Journeys to the Past

  • 2:00 PM – Guided hike by Naturalist for You

Archery demonstrations and Butterfly tent available throughout the day

  • When: Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (The event will be located at the park’s Nature Area and Archery Range)
  • Cost: Event is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle
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Time to use your Imaginology

 

It’s time to use your “Imaginology and go Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead” at the O.C. Fair & Event Center. Imaginolgy is one of our girls favorite annual STEAM events. Through hands-on workshops and exhibits, this event creates a stimulating world perfect for kids of all ages.

Kids can explore and discover their abilities in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and agricultural fields and more.

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Local professionals and Imaginology staff lead hands-on makeshops and workshops suitable for all ages including ceramics, sewing, technology, painting, sculpting and other crafts.  Supplies are provided for free and most artwork and crafts created may be taken home.We love walking through the vegetable and fruit gardens in Centennial Farm. The farm is filled with gardening activities including radish seed planting, digging and identifying vegetable roots and examining a variety of plants through touch and smell at the Garden Touch Table.

There’s so much to do at this event. In addition to the hands-on learning there’s blacksmithing presentation and a cow-milking display where guests learn the process of how milk travels from the cow to the store. Attendees can also pet a chick or visit The Great Egg-Scape exhibit and watch chicks hatching.

  • When: April 21-23 and is open Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa – which is located off the 405 and 55 freeways
  • Cost: The event is FREE to attend. Parking is free on Friday and $8.00 on Saturday & Sunday

Visit the Imaginology website for more details and a full event schedule.

 

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Every Kid in a Park

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 My family and I just got back from our “Kick-off” to Summer trip by visiting a couple of our National Parks – compliments of our 4th grader. We used my daughter’s Every Kid in a Park pass to visit Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park.

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I was more than excited last year when President Obama introduced the “Every Kid in a Park” program that provides every fourth grader and their families free admission to our national parks and recreational sites for a full year! I’ve talked about this program before but it’s such a wonderful program I have to remind everyone to take part in this program.

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If your child will be entering the fifth grade in the fall, you still have time to visit our National parks for FREE! The “Every Kid in a Park” program began in the fall and runs through August 31st. For all of you with children heading into the 4th grade in the fall, their pass will be valid on September 1st.

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My Forth Grader basking in the sun and the mist of Yosemite Falls. ProjectRefinedLife.com

We were in Yosemite this weekend while President Obama and his family were visiting the park. I thought is was awesome that he was there talking about the program that we were there taking advantage of. Although we didn’t stand in the meadow and wait to see the president, we did see the helicopters and experienced the excitement and security measures of having the President in the park at the same time.

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According to the White House 80% of American families live around cities where children spend more than 53 hours every week glued to their electronic devices. This initiative is a push to get kids and their families outdoors and active and hopefully inspire a love for nature.

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If you’re the parent of a child who just finished up their 4th grade year – get out there and experience our National Parks this summer for FREE. I’ll be writing a post soon about our experience at the parks, where we stayed and any tips that might be helpful for you and your family.  In the meantime, #Findyourpark here. I’m looking at our calendar to schedule some more time at our National Parks this summer!

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Free Day at Battleship Iowa

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image from Pacific Battleship Center – Battleship USS Iowa facebook page

Bring the entire family to experience President’s Day aboard the “Battleship of Presidents.” There will be presidential impersonators and famous military reenactors, vintage vehicles. food trucks, and more.

At 10:30 am there will be a special ceremony honoring President’s Day and the 73rd birthday of our ship. at 11:00 am we will serve birthday cake and pastries while they last.

Don’t forget to tour the battleship, enjoy the new Interactive Tour and Vicky scavenger hunt.

  • When: Monday, February 15, 2015 from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Where: Battleship Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd. San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Cost: The event is Free, Parking fees apply
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It’s Museum FREE for all Day!!!

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Here’s a reminder that it’s the 11th annual Museum FREE-for all Day!!! Over twenty museums – presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge.

Here’s a list of the 2016 Participating Museums

  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • Annenberg Space for Photography
  • Armory Space for Photography
  • The Broad
  • California African American Museum
  • California Science Center – Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions or IMAX films. Timed reservations are required for space shuttle Endeavour.
  • Craft & Folk Art Museum – Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
  • Descanso Gardens
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • The Getty
  • The Getty Villa – Timed tickets are required. Visit www.getty.edu.
  • Hammer Museum
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum – Does not include Ice Age Encounters or 3D Theatre
  • LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • Museum of Tolerance – Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
  • The Paley Center for Media
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Skirball Cultural Center – Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All. Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served
  • Sunnylands
  • Torrance Art Museum
  • USC Pacific Asia Museum
  • William S. Hart Museum
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum – Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All

 

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Christmas in the Cages

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Rancho Wildlife will host their annual 6th Christmas in the Cages tomorrow, Sunday December 13, 2015. They have a fun festive day planned for everyone. FOCHP (Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets) will be here will precious dogs in need of forever homes,

The Lily Sanctuary will be there sharing stories about their rescued parrots that are also in need of loving homes, as well as the Reptile Rescue Orange County with some of their reptiles!

A delicious lunch is included with your tickets and provided by 24 carrots catering & events! Let the children enjoy crafts, a bounce house and sharing their Christmas wishes upon Santa’s lap provided by Great Officiants!

Adults can enjoy the silent auction, holiday shopping at the vendor tables and tastings from Towne Park Brew!

Live entertainment will be provided by the talented group A. Rae and The Dog Rescue.

  • When: Sunday December 13, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Rancho Las Lomas is located at 19191 Lawrence Canyon, Silverado, CA 92676
  • Cost: Adults $15.00 ($16.52 with service fee, Children 3 -12 years $10.00 ($11.34 with service fee) , children 2 and under 3 are free, valet $6.00 – your donation includes your catered lunch. 

To purchase your tickets click here.

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7th Annual Bat Night

batsJoin Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary for their most popular annual event, the 7th annual Bat Night!

The Sanctuary will be aglow up with thousands of twinkling lights  – making it the perfect setting to discover the wonder of these nocturnal animals. Learn why bats are so important and why we need to protect them.

Admission to the sanctuary on Bat Night will include the following activities: arts and crafts, games, live animal demonstrations and a family friendly interactive Bat program that will begin at 4:30 pm. and again at 6:30 pm.

Other activities available for a fee are: Face painting, pumpkin craving, wagon rides and a BBQ dinner. (see their website for more details).

A Post Event Program will begin at 8:15 pm for adults 18 and over. 

  • When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • Where: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary 29322 Modeska Canyon Rd., Silverado, CA 92676
  • Cost: Adults $5.00, Children $3.00, Children 5 and under are FREE – cash and checks will be accepted
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Water Conservation Expo

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The City of Tustin’s first water conservation expo,”Let’s Get Smart About Water – Every Drop Counts” will take place on Saturday September 19, 2105. This family friendly community event is free to the public and will take place from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Peppertree Park.

The Expo will feature tented exhibits from landscape, turf, irrigation, and green technology companies. Workshops and demonstrations will also be offered on water wise and heat tolerant plants for your yard, water saving tips, rebate programs, lawn alternatives and water saving irrigation systems.

A special children’s area will include bounce houses, face painting, kids’ crafts, water conservation games and a coloring contest. A DJ and local entertainment will perform throughout the day to delight the entire family.

Various food trucks will be on hand for a delicious lunch, snacks or a picnic on the grass and prize drawings will take place each hour.

An Art Contest is open to children & teens from k-12 grades. Water is the theme of the contest and must appear on the work in some capacity. Prizes will be awarded and winners will be asked to attend and be recognized at a City Council meeting.

Click on the image below for a PDF format of the entry form.

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Peppertree Park is located at 230 W. First Street, Tustin, CA 92780

 

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Get your 4th Grader’s Park Pass Today!

EveryKidinthePark2I originally wrote about the exciting Every Kid in the Park program back in February. This fantastic program provides every fourth grader and their family free admission to our national parks and recreational sites for a full year!

Today is the day!!! Go online to print your family pass. The pass is good through 2015-2016 school year. This also happens to coincide with 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.

Our national lands and waters belong to everyone. That includes you! Use this pass to visit any of them for free.

Every Kid in a Park sample pass Official rules

  • The pass is for U.S. fourth graders (or home-school equivalent) students.
  • The pass is for the 2015 to 2016 school year. It expires August 31, 2016.
  • Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.
  • We can’t accept electronic versions of this paper for access or to exchange for a pass.
  • There’s no way to request a refund later if you forget the pass when you visit.
  • If you lose your pass, get a new one by visiting the website and signing up again.
  • Educators can get one paper pass for each of their fourth-grade students.

How it works

  • Show your pass to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.
  • If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
  • If your group visits a site that charges vehicle fees – The pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.
  • If you arrive at a site on bicycle— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.
  • The pass doesn’t cover things like camping, boats, and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out.
  • The pass doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.

Get out there and start exploring! Use this link to find a National Park near you.

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Wolves: Myths & Legends

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Join Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary as Project Wildsong hosts an educational presentation with live ambassador Grey Wolves. This interactive family-friendly program will delight all!

Listen as wolf folklore captures your imagination. Hear Native American stories of this fascinating and misunderstood animal. Learn about the reintroduction of wolves into their natural habitat and take a picture with a live wolf.

  • When: Saturday, August 29, 2105 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road Silverado, CA 92676 
  • Cost: $6 per person, Reservations are Required – Call (714) 649-2760 to purchase your ticket
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Tanaka Farms Watermelon Tours

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You can’t have a 4th of July celebration without Watermelon. Why not pick you own watermelon before heading out to your celebration. Tanaka Farms is offering Watermelon tours beginning today and run through August 30, 2015.

The Summer Watermelon Tours begin. Take a guided wagon ride around the farm, stop at different areas and try different summer fruits and vegetables they grow, and finally step into the watermelon patch under a tent to sample some of our delicious home grown watermelon.  Take home a mini watermelon to experience everything all over again. Tours begin at 9:30 every morning

  • Watermelon Tours start and will run at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm
  • Strawberry Tours will run 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.

Tanaka Farms is located at 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA.

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Food for Thought Film Series

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The Great Park presents the film “Hungry for Change” as part of the “Food for Thought” film series. Hungry for Change explores the pitfalls and deceptive strategies used in the diet, weight loss and food industries that may be keeping many from having the body and health they desire.

The Food for Thought Documentary Series features powerful films highlighting topics concerning both the abundance and scarcity of food in America. Chosen for their cinematic beauty, significant relevance, and credible resources, this thought-provoking series will leave you inspired and empowered.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, healthy snacks and expand your perspective on long-term health, beauty and food sustainability. Film begins at dusk.

  • When: Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Where: The Great Park – Back 40 Lawn | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free

Next Food For Thought Film:

August 6, 2015 – Place at the Table

For additional information, please email: urbanagriculture@ci.irvine.ca.us

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Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours

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Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours – Image from tanakaframs.com

Looking for something fun to do in the afternoon? Come to Tanaka Farms this week for U-Pick tours and Walk-On Strawberry tours. There are No reservations required  and you only pay for what you pick.

U-Pick Tours:

This FREE, guided wagon ride around the farm, takes between 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hours. You’ll be able to pick your own fresh fruits and vegetables in the fields, so be sure to wear closed-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Vegetable picking is seasonal and based on availability, but U-Pick produce may include:carrots, tomatoes, beets, baby bok choy, lettuce, kale, butternut squash and more. It’s a surprise every day! Pay for what you’ve picked at the end of your tour.

This week tour time are as follows:

  • Monday (6/22) 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday (6/23): 2.00pm
  • Wednesday (6/24): 2:00pm
  • Thursday (6/25): 2:00pm
  • Friday (6/26): 2:00pm

Walk-On Strawberry:

Again, no reservations are required, just arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Strawberries are wonderful right now – sweet and juicy and you get to pick them right off the vine! Don’t miss out!

This weeks tour times are as follows:

  • Monday (6/22): 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday (6/23): 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday (6/24): 11:00 am and 1:00pm
  • Thursday (6/25) 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Friday (6/26): at 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 1:00pm

Tanaka Farms is located at 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA. Come on out for an educational and hands on experience!

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OC Zoo Summer Program

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This weeks scheduled programs:

Under the Sea Preschool Program – children ages 3-4 will learn all about animals in the ocean including fish, dolphins, sharks, and more! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close!

  • Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program
  • Fee: $5 per child (includes one adult).
  • Date: 6/24/2015
  • Time: 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

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Upcycling Animal Craft Fun – Kids ages 5 -8 will make fun crafts out of recyclable materials you have at home! Please bring a large bottle cap and quart-sized plastic jug to class.

  • Ages 5-8 years old only. Parent may accompany child for duration of program.
  • Fee: $5 per child (includes one adult).
  • Date: 6/25/2015
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Be sure arrive at the zoo gate by 9:45 am to purchase your ticket as the program begins promptly at their scheduled times. Parents must accompany their children for the entire program.

  • OC Zoo is located inside Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: $5.00, per child (includes the program fee and entrance to the zoo for one child and one adult/guardian) and a park entrance fee of $3.00 per vehicle.

Phone registration is required. To register for a class call (714) 973-6846.

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AWE: Luxurious Sustainability

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It is a common conception that living sustainably is inconvenient, expensive or plain old boring!  John Malek will shed light on luxurious, fun and affordable ways to live a sustainable life you love.

The AWE Lecture Series is intended to bring together a community of like-minded and highly engaged forward-thinking innovators, designers, educators, and environmentally and socially concerned individuals to explore topics that are intimately relevant to our beautiful Orange County land and the people who live here.

  • When: Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Where: OC Great Park, | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free
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