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Audubon Outdoor Adventures
a hands-on science program for 4th - 5th grade classes
 
Microscopes Feather Lesson Web Food Chain
microscope feather study pond water study
 
 

Developed in 1992, our outdoor discovery program has received high praise from local educations, and is used as a national model of excellence by the National Audubon Society. The 2 1/4 hour interactive program is designed for 4th and 5th grade classes, and is offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:45 AM. The program fee of $5 per student includes a copy of Birds of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary for each student, plus the loan of our teacher Field Trip Curriculum Kit.

Minimum number of students 30
Maximum number of students 68
 


CLASSROOM PREPARATION
We loan teachers a Field Trip Curriculum Kit three weeks in advance of the trip. It contains posters, wetland and math activities, an audio-cassette of bird calls, and a bird research project which includes a taxidermy bird specimen and bird field guides. Each student receives our 28-page illustrated field guide Birds of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.
 

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
We divide 68 students into 4 small groups, each led by an experienced naturalist. Students complete 2 worksheets of their observations and conclusions. Their goal is to discover how wetlands are an important habitat for birds!
 
BIRD WALK (1 hour)
What are birds doing in the wetlands? Students use binoculars to observe/identify common birds and behaviors as they walk around the freshwater ponds and meadow. Binoculars are loaned to each student.
Bird Watching Bird Walk Pond C
 
POND LIFE STUDY (1/2 hour)
What are birds eating in the wetlands? Students use microscopes to observe/identify common microscopic species. They measure water quality and determine adaptations of aquatic animals for underwater life. Microscopes are provided for each student.
Pond Study
Pat Sparks
Boy at microscope
     
BIRD ANATOMY (1/2 hour)
Students observe taxidermy specimens to compare species, based on shape and sizes of beaks and feet. They handle feathers and bones to learn what makes a bird a bird.
 
What teachers say about Audubon Outdoor Adventures:
"This is a wholly worthwhile and excellent program. The students enjoy the preparation activities before arrival. It is very exciting to recognize a bird in the field that was studied in the classroom."
 
"The program is exceptional. The field trip to the Audubon Center is the highlight of their six-week long period. It is also a great "lead-up" for our week at Outdoor Ed. in the mountains."
 
"It is excellent! The preparation materials were amazingly well-organized, insightful and educational. Thank you for all the resources! The tours were wonderful, very hands-on, providing lots of opportunities for discovery and exploration."
 
"The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly."
 
"You provide information and activities that are educational and interesting to kids. Most importantly, students develop understanding an appreciation for wetlands!"
 
ABOUT THE SITE
The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is a 300-acre freshwater wetland on the grounds of the Irvine Ranch Water District. It is home to many different kinds of egrets, herons, ducks, hawks, shorebirds and songbirds. Other wildlife includes rabbits, coyotes, raccoons, tree frogs, lizards, butterflies, and dragonflies.
 
Hours: Sanctuary trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Audubon House is open daily between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
 
Location: The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 6 Riparian View, Irvine. Use directions below; do not use Google. Entrance for our facility is from Campus Drive, not from Michelson.
 
Directions: From the San Diego Freeway (405), exit on Jamboree toward Newport Beach. At the 1st signal (which is Michelson), turn left. Continue on Michelson (past the old entrance to the SJWS) to the 5th signal which is Harvard and turn right. Drive to University & turn right. Drive to Campus & turn right. Stay in far right lane and immediately turn right onto Riparian View which will enter the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. (There is a dark green sign by the turnoff identifying this as the route into the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.) At the end of the road, you will make a sharp left turn down a steep driveway and into the parking lot. The 1st building you will see will be Audubon House; the Duck Club is adjacent to Audubon House. Beyond this area are the ponds and marsh mitigation areas of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary which are open every day from dawn to dusk. . . . (If you miss the turn on to Riparian View, and reach Carlson, which is the next signal, just turn right and go around the block again to Harvard.)
 
Directions: From Pacific Coast Highway (1), exit on Jamboree and head inland through Newport Beach to Irvine. Turn right on Michelson. Continue on Michelson (past the old entrance to the SJWS) to the 5th signal which is Harvard and turn right. Drive to University & turn right. Drive to Campus & turn right. Stay in far right lane and immediately turn right onto Riparian View which will enter the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. (There is a dark green sign by the turnoff identifying the route into the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.) At the end of the road, you will make a sharp left turn down a steep driveway and into the parking lot. The 1st building you will see will be Audubon House; the Duck Club is adjacent to Audubon House. Beyond this area are the ponds and marsh mitigation areas of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary which are open every day from dawn to dusk. (If you miss the turn on to Riparian View, and reach Carlson, which is the next signal, just turn right and go around the block again to Harvard.)
 
Questions? Contact Project Director of Marsh Education, Trude Hurd, at Audubon House (949-261-7964) or by email at .
 
To schedule an Audubon Outdoor Adventures school tour: contact Project Director of Marsh Education, Trude Hurd at (949-261-7964) or by email at , or contact Trude's assistant, Deborah Brin, at (949-261-7963) .
 
AUDUBON OUTDOOR ADVENTURES REGISTRATION FORM:
Click here for a copy of the Audubon Outdoor Adventures Registration Form. Print it out, fill it in and mail it to: Tour Programs. Sea & Sage Audubon Society, 5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612.
 
Thank you for your interest!

 


Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963

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