Our families got an up-close look at alligators, tigers, geckos, emus, snakes, lemurs, ocelots and more at America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College. Part of the school’s Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, this five-acre zoo is home and habitat for nearly 200 fascinating exotic animals. The friendly staff of the teaching zoo entertained our families with a holiday show and a guided tour. Our learners enjoyed a quiet, low-key environment while getting a fun and educational look at some of nature’s rarest and most beautiful creatures.
Our learners had the opportunity to visit the Wildlife Waystation, a nonprofit animal sanctuary in the Los Angeles area. We learned about the many wild animals who live at the sanctuary because they can no longer live on their own. Pictures of the animals were shown and we learned some interesting animal facts. We were able to handle peacock feathers, porcupine quills, snake skins, wolf and camel fur, skulls from several different animals, a tortoise shell and many more animal parts.
To learn more about their organization, please visit their website.
Calling all those who love learning through field trips! Tickets for field trips taking place in January, February and early March will go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Log into the Hub to view and purchase tickets for field trips and/or service projects. There are eight field trips included in this release that will allow the use of learner funds for learner tickets. The instructional funds for second semester have now been added to your learner’s account, so hopefully this will be of assistance as you make decisions for second semester.
A few of these trips include Medieval Times, Knott’s Berry Farm, “Bud, Not Buddy” at the La Mirada Theater, Valley Trails Ranch, and Lucy Lou Mine Immersion at Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. Log onto The Hub to check out the other trips. You do not want to miss these exciting and fun learning opportunities!
January and February field trips and service projects have been published to the website. Families will have time to look ahead to events being offered and plan for which events they would like to purchase tickets. Tickets for these events will become available on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. A few upcoming events to look for include Medieval Times, Knott’s Berry Farm, In-N-Out tours in multiple locations, “Bud, Not Buddy” at the La Mirada Theatre, and many more. Be sure to check out these upcoming, fun events!
Additionally, this Friday is our multicultural feast at our learning center in Costa Mesa. For the signup, as well as information on other exciting opportunities such as the space art contest and an upcoming STEM park day in Santa Clarita, please also visit last week’s Monday Message!
We hope you have a wonderful week!
iLEAD learners enjoyed a special day at Hart Park. It was so fun to meet together and feed the animals. There were geese, boars, alpacas, tortoises, chickens, a rooster, bunnies, a donkey, horses and deer. After watching the animals, we walked by the bison and up to Hart Museum. We learned about the famous cowboy actor William S. Hart, walked through his home and saw his furnishings. A great time was had by all!
iLEAD families explored the California African American Museum (CAAM) last week. Following the docent-led tour of the exhibits, learners made their own carnival hats inspired by the art.
CAAM offers free family and kids programs on Sundays and Tuesdays every month. Visit their website for more information.
Be sure to sign up for some of our exciting field trip offerings. We look forward to seeing you there!
At iLEAD, we are excited to offer our families different ways to connect with one another. Field trips and service projects are one of those wonderful ways to build relationships and give back to our community.
If you would like to join us, please log into the Hub section of our website to sign up.
Don’t miss the fun! This week we have three exciting field trips! Please see below for the details.
As a courtesy to the field trip venues that iLEAD reserves, we highly encourage our families to attend all events for which they register. Our success in being able to reserve these amazing venues comes from building a strong educational partnership with these sites combined with high attendance/participation by our families. To sign up, please log into the Hub section of our website.
Calling all 5th-8th graders… Please join us for an exciting opportunity this spring at Astro Camp!
We are excited that so many iLEAD families are enjoying our fall field trips! Signups are still happening for many of our field trips. This is a great educational opportunity for our learners and their families! As a courtesy to the field trip venues that iLEAD reserves, we highly encourage our families to attend all events for which they register. Our success in being able to reserve these amazing venues comes from building a strong educational partnership with these sites combined with high attendance/participation by our families. To sign up, please log into the Hub section of our website.
Please join us for an exciting opportunity this spring at Astro Camp!
If you haven’t done so already, please check out the exciting field trip opportunities planned by our educational facilitators. Field trips are a great way to enrich learning and foster friendships!
Exploration learners got an up-close look at the Los Angeles Times newspaper this past week. The field trip began in the 1935 Art Deco Globe Lobby of the Times Building where learners explored the history of the newspaper and observed where the reporters work. Learners enjoyed seeing award-winning articles from 1881 to the present day and note the changes in the paper over time.
The second part of the field trip took place at the Olympic Printing Plant- the West Coast’s largest newspaper printing facility. iLEAD learners observed how the paper is printed and packaged for distribution all over the state. This trip may have inspired some to pursue a career in journalism!
Signups are still happening for many of our fall field trips. We are excited to offer so many exciting educational opportunities for our learners and their families! To sign up, please log into the Hub section of our website.
A small but mighty group of iLEAD learners enjoyed touring the Second Harvest Food Bank and volunteering time this past week. Learners toured the warehouse, learned personal stories of those benefiting from the food bank in OC, and helped out by checking and sorting potatoes that would be donated and on the plates of those hungry in OC within 24 hours of volunteering.
There are still some fall field trips and service projects that are available for sign ups in the Hub section of our website. We would love to have you join us!
A group of Exploration families had a wonderful visit to the zoo at Rancho Las Lomas last week! They were able to see a white tiger, zebras, an iguana, servals, and multiple parrots and macaws. Zoologists gave an in-depth tour and learners discovered new things about these animals. They enjoyed a picnic lunch on the property after the tour.
We had an amazing field trip at Home Depot! We got to tour the store and build a hands-on project. We started the tour in the garden center where learners discovered a plant called the “Sensitive Plant” that reacts to your touch. They loved touching it and seeing it move. The learners even got to take one of these plants home with them! We then went on to the paint department where learners got to choose a paint color to be mixed up. We learned how the paint color is created and tips for painting. Then we were off to our hands-on build. Everyone was greeted at the build with water, juice and cookies. They then picked their project to build and paint. The room was filled with happy and proud learners as they created beautifully constructed and painted bird houses and sail boats. Home Depot was an awesome host and everyone had a great experience.
In just a few short weeks, the next set of field trips are set to be released for November and December. Please take a moment to check out the exciting opportunities in a variety of areas!
There are still several field trips and service projects available in September and October, and our next set of learning opportunities (for November and December) will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m.
Our field trip release last Tuesday was a big success! Families were eager to sign up for activities and events that enrich learning in the home. Tuesday is the last call for purchasing tickets to the Old Joe Homestead, Home Depot and Rancho Las Lomas field trips, as these outings are rapidly approaching, and the field trip team needs some lead time to make final arrangements for these trips. Be sure to check out the wide assortment of trips and service projects being offered in September and October!
Our field trip team is excited to release its first round of fall field trips and service opportunities on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m.! At that time, a reminder will be sent to you via email and on our Exploration Facebook page, but you will need to log into the Hub section of our website to sign up for these exciting adventures! If you do not have a family login for the website, please contact your educational facilitator today so that they can assist you with your login information.
Please scroll to the bottom of the Monday Message to see a current list of the field trips that will be available for sign-up on our webpage on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m.
iLEAD Exploration offers an unrivaled array of opportunities for real-world learning: With over 80 field trips and service projects planned throughout the year, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy! A wide variety of field trips and service projects have been planned for each region we service. We couldn’t accomplish this planning without the excellent feedback and input we receive from our families!
Click here to see a preview of this year’s field trips and service projects! These trips are scheduled to be released for signups at 10 a.m. Aug. 29.