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Field Trips

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Virtual Field Trips

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As we get closer to the end of the school year, you may be looking for some fun enrichment activities to engage your learners. We would like to introduce this website that offers you free virtual field trips by grade level. You can find everything from an M&M factory tour to live cams at the San Diego Zoo. Have fun exploring!

High School Hangouts

High School Hangouts

In January, high school learners had an opportunity to get together for a game day. It was a great time to get to know one another and a great time was had by all. One learner, Kniyah, said, “It was a fun experience because I got to socialize with other homeschoolers and I got to play games and just be around other kids. The food was great and so were the games. I can’t wait for the next game day!” We hope you can join us at our next event, our high school hike and hangout! See below for details.


High School Hike and Hangout

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Field Trip Review

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iLEAD Exploration learners had the opportunity to participate in a variety of field trips. Here are a few that were enjoyed by our learners and their families.

Queen Mary Ellis Island Experience

This field trip was a re-enactment of the immigrant experience entering the United States through Ellis Island. The trip started with a thoughtfully done video about the journey from Europe to New York and then learners were directed to an “inspection room” where they gently experienced having to submit their passport for approval. Learners had to wait to be “inspected” by a doctor and to answer questions to confirm their mental and physical health. Some learners were quarantined if their responses were questionable. Others were approved and sent to another waiting area to get final approval and had to communicate with an “immigration officer” to verify where they would be living and who would be picking them up from Ellis Island. Following this experiential learning, there was an opportunity to debrief collectively and share reflections. The people leading the experience stayed in character in order to help learners get a sense of what it would have felt like to immigrate through Ellis Island 100 years ago.

Flowbox Desert Rocks

The kids learned circus arts and climbed the rock wall. They all had such a blast!

iLEAD Exploration learners attended a physical forces workshop at LEGOLAND where they learned about gravity. inertia, and friction. After the lesson, they got into teams where they designed their own LEGO car. Teams raced their cars in various heats and had the opportunity to go back and redesign their car to make it even better. Our iLEAD Exploration learners loved this hands-on approach to LEGO learning!

High School Hike and Hangout


The Trails Cafe in Los Angeles
Friday, February 28 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm
This event is for high school learners only.
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Hike on one of the nearby trails
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hang out in the picnic table area at the cafe to play cards, board games and chill! Learners can bring a sack lunch or can purchase lunch at the cafe. Water, snacks, and cookies will be provided.
Click here to RSVP! We look forward to seeing you there!

February Field Trip Release Dates

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Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce that our next field trip releases (through the iLEAD Exploration website) will be over several days during the week of February 3. Please see the flier below for details on how these will be released.

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February Field Trip Release Dates

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Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce that our next field trip releases (through the iLEAD Exploration website) will be over several days during the week of February 3rd. Please see the flier below for details on how these will be released.

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Field Studies in Review

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Valley Trails Native American Field Study

At Valley Trails in Castaic, learners enjoyed learning about the Chumash Native Americans by making paintbrushes out of a yucca plant, making paint from charcoal, beading shell necklaces, grinding corn, going inside a Chumash house, and playing traditional Chumash games. A good time was had by all!

Mt. Wilson Field Study

Learners had an engaging, informative, and fun STEM-filled day with teachers and astrophysicists up at Mt. Wilson. They attended several lessons about the many solar telescopes atop the mountain, the various discoveries made there, and the geology of the area.

The Gentle Barn Field Study

Learners had a wonderful time learning about animal rescue and care at The Gentle Barn. This field trip teaches young people how to lovingly care for animals of all types and sizes.

From hugging cows to feeding horses to holding chickens, our learners experienced firsthand why it is important to treat animals with dignity.

International Printing Museum Field Study

What an amazing experience our learners had at the International Printing Museum in Carson. This museum has one of the largest, most comprehensive collections of antique printing machines in the world, and our learners had the opportunity to see these brought to life through interactive activities and animated stories provided by the museum docents. Learners also had the chance to participate in a lively debate by reenacting the Constitutional Convention.

December Field Trip Release

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Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce that our next field trip release (through the iLEAD Exploration website) will be on Tuesday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m.

Field Trip Reflections

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iLEAD Exploration learners have enjoyed learning while participating in some exciting field trips. Here are a few highlights:

California Science Center-Dog Exhibit: Families from across three counties bravely fought through traffic to come together to learn about dogs and their superpowers. We watched an IMAX movie profiling how dogs rescue people from avalanches, drowning, and natural disasters while using their incredible senses and unique body types. iLEAD Exploration learners explored an exhibit about everything dog-related and concluded their time through interaction with a working therapy dog.

In-N-Out: iLEAD Exploration learners and their parents enjoyed their time touring the restaurant, hearing about the history, cutting their own fries and asking questions at the end of the tour. They especially loved the free meal!

PBS SoCal: This was a fun and educational opportunity for our awesome learners and their families to learn about one of our local public TV stations and how they are able to get our favorite shows on our screens! iLEAD learners also visited one of the sets where the station filmed their news and they had an opportunity to touch the cameras!

Performing Arts Program: iLEAD Exploration learners had a magical and musical time participating in a music class hosted by Disney’s Performing Arts program. They learned how the use of melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, and the tempo creates a magical atmosphere that visitors experience. Learners were left with an appreciation that, “There is a terrific power to music. You can run any of [Disney’s] pictures and they’d be dragging and boring, but the minute you put music behind them, they have a life and vitality they don’t get any other way.” -Walt Disney.

Fall Field Trip Release

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The next field trip release is here! Starting this Tuesday, October 1, log into your Hub account at 10 a.m. and choose your next adventure!

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Fall Webinars

Fall Webinars


Field Trip Fun

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One of the final field trips for this school year was to Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest. iLEAD Exploration learners enjoyed a tour of Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest, along with a boat ride through the Newport Beach marina where they saw seals! They learned about local beaches, oceans and they were able to complete many hands-on projects. It was a fun day!

Washington D.C. and NYC Trip for Middle and High Schoolers


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Upcoming Events in Los Angeles County


Join Fowler Museum Educators for an interactive storytelling experience as we look, listen, and learn in our special exhibition Guatemalan Masks: Selections from the Jeanne and Jim Pieper Collection with the acclaimed children’s book Abuela’s Weave by Omar S. Castaneda. A Parent’s Choice Award honoree, this story explores the culture of Guatemala through the eyes of a little girl named Esperanza, who works with her grandmother to weave textiles for sale at the local market. After the reading, explore the exhibition uninterrupted before the Fowler opens to the general public at noon. Story Time is a short format, informal storytelling program facilitated by Fowler Educators at 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Friday of most months. This event is free, no reservation required. Meet in the Fowler’s Lobby.

Introducing Melrose Mornings at the Melrose Trading Post, brought to you by Greenway Arts Alliance in partnership with the Melrose Business Improvement District. Hving launched April 28, and takes place every Sunday at the MTP from 9-11 a.m., Melrose Mornings will appeal to parents and kids from toddlers to ‘tweens. Entertainment includes kid-friendly bands and entertainers, a handmade putt-putt course, arts and crafts, face painting and more!

Museums of the Arroyo Day

Six museums in Pasadena and Los Angeles open their doors on Sunday, May 19, 2019 noon-4 PM for a free day of historical discoveries, family-fun, children’s activities and great architecture tours. Free shuttles connect: Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles Police Museum, Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History and the Autry’s Southwest Museum, Mt. Washington Campus.

The 18th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Festival is a day of family-friendly fun. This year the Festival will take place on Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The Festival is free and open to the public and it will include a day of entertainment, music, food vendors, Russian crafts and jewelry, and numerous local exhibitors. The Annual Gala Concert from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will feature special guests from Russia.

Field Trips

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One of the amazing benefits of being part of iLEAD Exploration is the numerous field trips that are made available to our families. Here are some of the exciting field trips that iLEAD Exploration learners have been able to experience!

Original Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles

iLEAD Exploration learners toured the world-famous Original Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles. They learned about the history of the market, the family that owns it, and the many family-run businesses found at the market. Learners also got to sample goodies from many of the stalls, including freshly ground peanut butter and house-made toffee. Afterwards, learners scoured the market for yummy food and enjoyed lunch together.

Knott’s Berry Farm – Westward Movement Tour

Recently, iLEAD Exploration learners joined the Westward Movement tour at Knott’s Berry Farm. They learned about Black Bart and the stagecoach, the trail out west, and covered wagons. They also visited a one-room schoolhouse and watched a blacksmith demonstration. Our learners were able to enjoy the afternoon exploring Knott’s Berry Farm and all the amazing rides.

Astro Camp
Astro Camp was a blast! iLEAD Exploration learners had fun making new friends and learning about science while in the beauty of the Idyllwild Forest. Learners learned about lights and lasers, built windmills that generated electricity, rock climbed, zip lined, and played Gaga Ball. Astro Camp was an amazing experience that will be remembered for a lifetime!

Wacky Science Field Trip at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center

Learners learned about the basics of chemistry through fun, hands-on experiments and engaged in concepts such as covalent bonds and how we create and break them, non-Newtonian liquids and how they bend the laws of physics, and how matter can go through fascinating processes such assublimation and deposition. Learners got their hands dirty while crafting their own bouncy balls which were used to help them learn about polymers. At the end of the field trip, trained counselors juggled fire, created explosions to teach about free radicals, convection, and thermal energy in a safe yet captivating way.

Onizuka Space Science Day


Serious-minded science students in grades 5-12 are invited to attend Onizuka Space Science Day 2019 at El Camino College!

Saturday, March 9
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Committee, El Camino College, and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. sponsor this free, hands-on conference in honor of Ellison Onizuka. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident that took the lives of the seven crew members, including Ellison Onizuka.

Event Features

  • Astronaut presentation
  • Classroom presentations and demonstrations led by ECC professors, students, and guests from JPL and other institutions
  • Hands-on science activities and experiments
  • Free lunch for the first 900 students
  • Egg drop competition!

Arts Contest

The deadline to receive artwork is Wednesday, February 27, at 10 p.m.

Students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to enter El Camino College’s Onizuka Space Science Day Arts Contest. The contest winner will receive an invitation to bring three guests to meet and attend dinner with Astronaut Love on Friday, March 8.

Students are asked to create original artwork inspired by the theme: “The Future of Space Travel”

For more information and to make reservations, visit

Field Trips in Review

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Grinding corn on the Valley Trails Native American field trip
The stagecoach on the Wells Fargo tour

iLEAD Exploration learners have been enjoying this year’s fun and educational field trips. The Valley Trails Native American field trip allowed learners to learn about the daily life of Chumash Native Americans and engage in a variety of hands-on activities such as grinding corn, making a yucca paintbrush, painting with charcoal paint, beading necklaces with shell beads, and playing Native American games.

The Wells Fargo Museum tour enabled learners to experience a bit of early California life. They were able to see a real stagecoach, use a telegraph machine, and observe a real gold nugget and other Gold Rush artifacts. They even received a lesson in finances!
Rawhide Ranch was an overnight camp experience. For three days, learners learned how to feed and care for farm animals, walk and ride horses, and perform vaulting and trick riding on a horse while it was moving! Learners tried archery, climbed a rock wall, laughed, raced during team-building games, and sang songs around the campfire. It was a memorable time for all who attended!


Hiking at Rawhide Ranch


San Diego Museum Month


During the month of February, you can enjoy half-priced admission to over 4o museums in San Diego. For more information on how to pick up your Museum Month Discount Pass, please visit this site.

February Field Trip Release

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We are excited to announce that our spring field trips will be released this week! You can start signing up on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. by logging into our website!


Read to Succeed!


Attention All Learners in Grades K-6!

Six Flags offers a reading incentive program called Read to Succeed. Sign up for the program, complete six hours of recreational reading, and earn a free ticket to Magic Mountain! This is a fun way to encourage a reluctant reader and/or reward reading for those who already love it!

The deadline to submit the reading logs on the website is March 1, 2019. You must be registered to participate by signing up here.

Field Trip: In-N-Out Seal Beach


iLEAD Exploration learners had the fun privilege of taking a tour of In-N-Out in Seal Beach. Learners were shown where the produce, meat, and dairy products are stored (no freezers here!). They learned how shakes are made and were able to see how many potatoes In-N-Out goes through in one day. They even cut french fries with the cool potato press machine. Learners finished the tour enjoying the custom-made burgers and the fries they helped cut! What a great field trip!

By way of reminder, our final field trip release for the 2018-19 school year is set for Feb. 5. Be sure to mark your calendars!

iLEAD Field Trip Fun


This fall, our learners have enjoyed many exciting field trips, and some of them are highlighted below. Our next field trip release is Tuesday, Dec. 4!

Magic Mountain field trip: iLEAD learners explored the park while discovering concepts like potential energy, gravity and friction. It was a fun-filled, thrill-seeking day at the park!

ILEAD Learners and Stanley the Giraffe at Malibu Hikes

Malibu Hikes field trip: iLEAD learners enjoyed up close fun with Stanley the giraffe, as well as numerous zebras, alpacas, llamas and horses. Some were even brave enough to feed Stanley some lettuce from their mouths! They also saw the only remaining Chumash cave paintings in the Santa Monica mountains that depict people. This was such a fun, interactive, and informative field trip!

Fun at Rancho Las Lomas

Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife field trip: iLEAD learners met all sorts of animals! They learned about zebras, foxes, a white bengal tiger, a huge iguana, and lots of parrots and exotic birds. After touring and learning unique facts about each animal, families enjoyed picnicking on the lovely Rancho Las Lomas grounds.

Resting up after hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Grassy Hollow/Pacific Crest Trail field trip: iLEAD learners explored the nature center, bird watched, and hiked the famous PCT with an experienced trail guide. We will definitely repeat this field trip in the future, as the learners and parents loved it!

Field Trips: Legoland


Our Legoland field trip was a huge success! On Oct 4, over 200 tickets were distributed to learners and their families. They had a wonderful time exploring the park.

We hope that you are enjoying all of the field trips that iLEAD Exploration is organizing. If you missed this one, don’t worry, there are many more to come. Please take a look at our upcoming events and click “more event info and signups”.

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