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.field_trips_feb_2020b
Mt. Wilson 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
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.
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.
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!FieldTrips_2019-2020 updated
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
- 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!
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 www.elcamino.edu/spaceday
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.
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.
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!Sem2FieldTripFlyer
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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”.
Come explore with iLEAD Exploration! We are excited to announce that our first field trip release will be Tuesday, August 28, at 10 a.m., via the website and email. If you do not already have a Hub login, be sure to send an email to your educational facilitator so that you can sign up for field trips. Please follow these instructions on how to sign up.field-trip-flyer
Last week, iLEAD families visited the Centennial Farm. Chickens, pigs, oxen, kale and cabbage – it’s all good on the farm. Created to educate learners about agriculture and its importance to our daily lives, Centennial Farm is a three-acre working farm that is home to fruit and vegetable gardens and an array of livestock. We had such a wonderful time touring and learning all about the farm!
It was a brisk and foggy 44 degree morning as our learners experienced what it was like to be a 49er at Riley’s Farm. Learners traveled from station to station to learn about the rules of supply and demand, mining for gold, panning for gold, working in a boarding house, being a deputy, and general life during the Gold Rush. They were then given an hour to work and earn “money” for an auction that took place at the end of the day. Some of the jobs included being a deputy, working in the gold mine, panning for gold, and working in the boarding house. Learners were given a 49er’s ration of food, which consisted of beef jerky, corn bread, an apple, and lemonade. It was a cold, fun, and educational day for all.
A group of iLEAD Exploration learners recently went on a beautiful hike with Joel Robinson from Naturalist For You. Joel pointed out a variety of plants (many of them edible), birds and animals along the way to a waterfall in Monrovia Canyon. They ate miners lettuce and chickweed, and learned how mugwort can help alleviate a headache and itching from poison oak. They observed velvet tree ants, western fence lizards, and even learned a few words from the Tongva language. The highlight of the adventure was toward the end of the hike when they saw a mama bear and her three baby cubs!
Landfills are stinky, but this field trip was far from it. Learners spent an hour on a minibus exploring the Simi Valley landfill at the Waste Management facility. They learned how to create green energy from landfill gas for the community. Our learners got an up-close look at the construction and demolition recycling facility where big bulldozers and crushers were in action. They visited the trash area where they were told why it is important to think twice before throwing things away.
The highlight of this trip was the certified Wildlife Habitat Conservation Programs. Learners toured the habitats of barn owls, which help to keep the mice population under control.
At the end of the tour, the guide tested the learners’ knowledge of what can go in a recycling container, and the results were surprising. Each participant got a mini trash can as a souvenir. This trip was a perfect educational field trip for both young and old learners.
iLEAD learners and families drove from all corners of the greater Los Angeles area to visit the highly acclaimed King Tut exhibit at the California Science Center on the first day of spring break. We were sad to learn that King Tut’s mummy has never left his tomb and the coffins and death mask now always stay in Egypt, but there was a beautiful assortment of furniture, statues, and jewelry from his tomb as well as fascinating videos and an amazing movie at the IMAX. Everyone loved observing the ancient objects up close and decided they wanted their next iLEAD field trip to be all the way to Egypt itself (any takers?)! After touring the exhibit, families split up to explore the rest of the exhibits throughout the science center and get lunch. One family went across the street to Chick-Fil-A and were served by one of our own ilEAD high schoolers working the lunch shift there. Thanks for the good food, Jose! His manager even stopped by to leave a good word about his work there. iLEAD learners are everywhere, doing all kinds of amazing things!