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Spring Field Trips

We are excited to release four more field trips tomorrow at 9 a.m.
via email and our Exploration Facebook page.



We are excited to release four more field trips on February 7 at 9 a.m. via email and our Exploration Facebook page . Additionally, a third date (May 9) was added to the Gentle Barn field trip opportunities. Please sign up here for that field trip.

The field trips that will be released on February 7 include:
In-N-Out Tour in Rancho Santa Margarita
Date: Monday, February 27
Time: 8:50-10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

In-N-Out Tour in the San Fernando Valley (exact location TBD)
Date: Wednesday, May 10
Time: 8:50-10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Have you ever wanted to know more about where In-N-Out gets their ingredients or how they make their fries so fresh and delicious? Join us for a fun opportunity to tour In-N-Out! The tour lasts 45 minutes to one hour. You will enjoy hearing the history of the company while touring the kitchen. After the tour, each child will receive a complimentary meal. Space is limited to 23 children and four adults, so sign up quickly if you are interested. Children must be in grades 1-8 to participate. All extra adults or younger siblings can wait in the restaurant or in the outside seating area.

Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org (Rancho Santa Margarita) or Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org (SFV).

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Malibu Creek State Park Hike in Topanga Canyon — SECOND DATE ADDED!
Date: Tuesday, March 16
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Join a docent for a walk along the creek and through a wooded valley. Learn about the area’s animals, plants, early inhabitants and movies filmed in the park. Bring a picnic lunch, sunscreen, walking shoes and plenty of water. Be sure to see Andrea Huntsman at the park entrance to get a flier to place in the car in order to waive the $12/car parking fee.

Questions? Contact Andrea Huntsman at andrea.huntsman@iLEADexploration.org

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Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium
Date: Tuesday, May 2
Time: 9 a.m.-park close
Cost: $19 learners/$29 adults (learners may use funds for this trip)

Join us for homeschool day at Legoland and the SeaLife Aquarium! Enjoy full use of the park with other iLEAD families. We have a limited amount of adult tickets at the $19 price that one adult per three children will be able to reserve. All adults over the 1:3 ratio will pay $29.

Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org

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There are still a few other spring field trips with openings. Click here to browse the field trips! When you click on the Eventbrite for the activity, it will tell you whether sales have ended.

Irvine Railroad Park

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The trip to the OC Zoo located in Irvine Railroad Park was a great adventure! Learners were able to touch lizards and observe wild peacocks. Bears and eagles were a beautiful sight to see as families were led on a wonderful tour learning about many of the animals native to our area.

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Spring Field Trips

We are excited to release four more field trips on February 7 at 9 a.m. via email and our Exploration Facebook page . Additionally, a third date (May 9) was added to the Gentle Barn field trip opportunities. Please sign up here for that field trip.

The field trips that will be released on February 7 include:
In-N-Out Tour in Rancho Santa Margarita
Date: Monday, February 27
Time: 8:50-10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

In-N-Out Tour in the San Fernando Valley (exact location TBD)
Date: Wednesday, May 10
Time: 8:50-10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Have you ever wanted to know more about where In-N-Out gets their ingredients or how they make their fries so fresh and delicious? Join us for a fun opportunity to tour In-N-Out! The tour lasts 45 minutes to one hour. You will enjoy hearing the history of the company while touring the kitchen. After the tour, each child will receive a complimentary meal. Space is limited to 23 children and four adults, so sign up quickly if you are interested. Children must be in grades 1-8 to participate. All extra adults or younger siblings can wait in the restaurant or in the outside seating area.

Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org (Rancho Santa Margarita) or Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org (SFV).

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Malibu Creek State Park Hike in Topanga Canyon — SECOND DATE ADDED!
Date: Tuesday, March 16
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Join a docent for a walk along the creek and through a wooded valley. Learn about the area’s animals, plants, early inhabitants and movies filmed in the park. Bring a picnic lunch, sunscreen, walking shoes and plenty of water. Be sure to see Andrea Huntsman at the park entrance to get a flier to place in the car in order to waive the $12/car parking fee.

Questions? Contact Andrea Huntsman at andrea.huntsman@iLEADexploration.org

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Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium
Date: Tuesday, May 2
Time: 9 a.m.-park close
Cost: $19 learners/$29 adults (learners may use funds for this trip)

Join us for homeschool day at Legoland and the SeaLife Aquarium! Enjoy full use of the park with other iLEAD families. We have a limited amount of adult tickets at the $19 price that one adult per three children will be able to reserve. All adults over the 1:3 ratio will pay $29.

Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org

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There are still a few other spring field trips with openings. Click here to browse the field trips! When you click on the Eventbrite for the activity, it will tell you whether sales have ended.

Stanley Ranch Field Trip

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Last week’s field trip to Stanley Ranch was amazing!

A fun time was had by all!

Field Trips

Great news! We have heard your requests, and a third date (May 9) was added to the Gentle Barn field trip opportunities. Please sign up here for this amazing opportunity!

Field Trips

All spring field trips were released via email and Facebook on December 6, 2016. Most of them are sold out, but a few excursions still have openings. Visit here to browse the field trips! When you click on the Eventbrite for the activity, it will tell you whether sales have ended.

The Nutcracker Ballet Performances

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Last week, iLEAD learners enjoyed two Nutcracker performances in Glendale and Irvine. The time with family was memorable as they watched this enchanting, magical story of the ever-popular ballet.

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Field Trips

Spring field trip sign ups are here! Below is a list of Exploration’s field trips, as well as a link to sign up (if the trip is not already sold out).

Stanley Ranch Museum in Garden Grove
Date: Wednesday, January 18
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Sign up here!
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove

Service Project: Support our Police at Shady Grove Park in Chino
Date: Friday, January 20
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Sign up here !
Questions?
Contact Holly Havenhill

Irvine Park Zoo
Date: Friday, January 27
Time (two tours available): 10-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

SOLD OUT

Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen

Service Project: Blankets, Beanie & Sock Drive (Plus Card Making) at Eastgate Park in Garden Grove
Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Sign up here !
Questions? Contact Allison Smith

Watts Tower Art Center in Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, February 2
Time: 10 a.m.-noon

SOLD OUT

Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch

ChocXO Tour in Irvine
Date: Friday, February 3
Time: 2-3 p.m.

SOLD OUT

Questions?

Contact Tricia Lorenzen

Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino
Date: Monday, February 6
Time: 10:15 a.m.

SOLD OUT

Questions?
Contact Holly Havenhill

Service Project: Project Linus at Melinda Park in Mission Viejo
Date: Friday, February 10
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Sign up here !
Questions? Contact Julie Cumming

Service Project: Park West-Advanced Rehab Center in Tustin
Date: Tuesday, February 14
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Sign up here !
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove

Service Project: Baby 2 Baby in Los Angeles
Date: Wednesday, February 15
Time: 10 a.m.-noon

Sign up here !

Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch

The Science Behind Pixar in Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
SOLD OUT
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch

The Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley
Date: Wednesday, March 1
Time: 11:30 a.m. – close
SOLD OUT
Questions?
Contact Kendra Cosgrove

Service Project: Read Across America at Shady Grove Park in Chino
Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Sign up here!
Questions? Contact Holly Havenhill

Malibu Creek State Park Hike in Topanga Canyon
Date: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
SOLD OUT
Questions? Contact Andrea Huntsman

Service Project – The Pet Rescue Center at Melinda Park in Mission Viejo
Date: Friday, March 10
Time: 10-11 a.m.
SOLD OUT
Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen

Knotts Berry Farm Westward Movement Tour in Buena Park
Date: Monday, March 13
Time: 10 a.m.-noon

SOLD OUT
Questions? Contact Julie Cumming

Star Ecostation in Culver City

Date: Monday, March 13
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Sign up here!
Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley

Medieval Times in Buena Park

Date: Tuesday, March 14
Time: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
SOLD OUT
Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen

Hyperion Treatment Plant Tour in Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, March 16
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Sign up here!

Questions?
Contact Adrienne Lynch

Starr Ranch in Trabuco Canyon
Date: Thursday, March 16
Time: 9-11:45 a.m.

SOLD OUT

Questions?
Contact Nicole Schwartz

LACMA Tour
in Los Angeles
Date: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Sign up here !

Questions?
Contact Maggie Pulley

Service Project: Alexandria House
in Los Angeles
Date: Tuesday, April 4
Time: 10 a.m.-12 noon

Sign up here!

Questions? Contact Gillian Bayer

Home Depot Tour in Westminster
Date: Friday, April 7
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

SOLD OUT

Questions? Contact Allison Smith

Service Project: Niguel Botanical Reserve
in Laguna Niguel
Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: 9-11 a.m.

Sign up here!

Questions? Contact Nicole Schwartz

Child Creativity Lab in Santa Ana

Da te: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 10 a.m.-noon

SOLD OUT

Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove

Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga
Date: Friday, April 28
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Sign up here !

Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley

Service Project: Milk + Bookies
in Encino
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 10 a.m.

Sign up here !

Questions? Contact Erin Munavu

Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium in Carlsbad
Date: Tuesday, May 2
Time: 9 a.m.-park close
Cost: $19/$29 adults
(Learners may use funds for this trip)
Join us for homeschool day at Legoland! Enjoy full use of the park with other iLEAD families.
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu.
This field trip will be released in February.

The Gentle Barnin Santa Clarita
Dates: Tuesday, May 16, and Thursday, May 18
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

SOLD OUT

Questions? Contact Erin Munavu

Field Trips Released Tomorrow

Tomorrow is December 6, and we are pleased to release the field trips for the remainder of the school year! With the exception of the LegoLand field trip, all signups for the spring field trips will be released tomorrow at 9 a.m. via iLEAD Exploration’s Facebook page and email.

We have had an outpouring of inquiries for the LegoLand tickets and in an attempt to accommodate even more families for this event, we have chosen to release the LegoLand trip in February. A February release means more tickets and broader limits on the number of tickets each family can purchase. Thank you for your patience as we make this LegoLand experience the best we possibly can for as many learners as we can!

For more information on these exciting excursions, please read the “Field Trips” section below.

Field Trip to Underwood Farms

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November 18 was a beautiful, sunny day for iLEAD Exploration’s field trip to Underwood Farms in Simi Valley. Learners were treated to an amazing talk by a lively farmer who taught them all about fruits and vegetables and how they grow. Next, they took a bumpy tractor ride out to the fields where they all picked bags of fresh vegetables: lettuce, celery, cilantro, turnips and kale! Everyone picked their own bag and left with enough salad fixings for the week! A delicious and nutritious time was had by all!

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Field Trip to Bob Baker Marionettes

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Families loved last week’s field trip to see the Bob Baker Marionette show in Los Angeles. People traveled from near and far to enjoy this uniquely vintage puppet show.

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Field Trips

We are thrilled to release the remaining field trips and service projects for the remainder of our school year tomorrow! With the exception of LegoLand (which will be released in February as explained above), these field trips will be released tomorrow, December 6 at 9 a.m. via iLEAD Exploration’s Facebook page and email. Each of these field trips/service projects have limited space, so if you are interested in signing up for one, please check your email right at 9 a.m. and click the link to sign up immediately.

Stanley Ranch Museum in Garden Grove
Date: Wednesday, January 18
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $1/learner, $5/adult
Join us for a tour of historic homes and businesses in Garden Grove dating from the town’s 19th century origins!
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Support our Police at Shady Grove Park in Chino
Date: Friday, January 20
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Bring markers, crayons and paper! We will write letters and color pictures for our hardworking police officers to show our gratitude and encourage them! Bring a lunch and stay for a park play date.
Questions? Contact Holly Havenhill at holly.havenhill@iLEADexploration.org

Irvine Park Zoo
Date: Friday, January 27
Time (two tours available): 10-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $3
Come join us for a guided tour of the OC Zoo. Topics covered include habitats, adaptations, feeding habits, and general information about animals native to the southwestern U.S. Tours also include a short animal presentation. Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Blankets, Beanie & Sock Drive (Plus Card Making) at Eastgate Park in Garden Grove
Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Help the homeless stay warm by donating blankets, beanies and socks. Make cards for the homeless and then play at the park with other homeschool families.
Questions? Contact Allison Smith at Allison.Smith@iLEADexploration.org

Watts Tower Art Center in Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, February 2
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $1/learner
The Watts Tower is an L.A. gem! Schools from all over Los Angeles plan visits to explore and learn about these historical structures. Learners will be taken on a guided tour through the towers. They will be led through current art exhibits, and will watch a documentary on Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers. Finally, the day will close out with an interactive, artist-led, art activity. This field trip will broaden their understanding of art and engineering, inspiring them to create their own artistic inventions. Bring a sack lunch to eat on the picnic tables outside after the tour!
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch at adrienne.lynch@iLEADexploration.org

ChocXO Tour in Irvine
Date: Friday, February 3
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $7/learner, $10/adult
Come get excited for chocolate and Valentine’s Day with a tour of a real chocolate factory in Irvine! Have a sweet time seeing the process from start to finish of creating chocolate. Enjoy some truffles at the end of the tour.
Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org

Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino
Date: Monday, February 6
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Cost: $3/learner, $8/adult, children 4 and under are free
Come join us at The Planes of Fame Air Museum! Walk through the hangars and discuss topics of aviation including its early development, the Wright Brothers and the role it has played in society. Learn about the parts of planes and the different types of aircraft!
Questions? Contact Holly Havenhill at holly.havenhill@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Project Linus at Melinda Park in Mission Viejo
Date: Friday, February 10
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Project Linus is a nonprofit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. We will be making blankets that will be delivered to children who may be seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need of love and warmth. We will meet at Melinda Park to make blankets. Feel free to stay longer to have a picnic lunch and to enjoy the park. Questions? Contact Julie Cumming at julie.cumming@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Park West-Advanced Rehab Center in Tustin
Date: Tuesday, February 14
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Pass out Valentines to the residents and then join us at Peppertree Park (right down the street) for a Valentine exchange of our own!
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Baby 2 Baby in Los Angeles
Date: Wednesday, February 15
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free (Please only bring children ages 10+)
Come volunteer at Baby2Baby! Volunteers will participate in sorting through and organizing donated children’s items and putting together gift bags for children in the program (125,000 low-income children across L.A.). Baby2Baby provides coffee, music and good company at all of their sessions — all you need to provide is your time and a desire to serve!
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch at adrienne.lynch@iLEADexploration.org

The Science Behind Pixar in Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $7.95/learner, $11.50/adult

Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar filmmaking process at the California Science Center, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who helped bring these favorite films to the big screen.
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch at adrienne.lynch@iLEADexploration.org

The Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley
Date: Wednesday, March 1
Time: 11:30 a.m. – close
Cost: $8/learner
Join us for a special time of learning from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. where our learners will have a hands-on experience with 10-15 animals from around the globe. Families will also have all-day admission into the museum.
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Read Across America at Shady Grove Park in Chino
Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Come join iLEAD families and any others you would like to invite! Bring picnic blankets, a pile of favorite books, and have your learners be prepared to read to another child that is younger than them! Kindergarteners can read words and describe pictures to toddlers, older learners can read to younger learners! Make new friends and help instill the love of learning and reading in others! Bring a packed lunch and feel free to hang around and have a picnic lunch or play on the playground afterward!
Questions? Contact Holly Havenhill at holly.havenhill@iLEADexploration.org

Malibu Creek State Park Hike in Topanga Canyon
Date: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Join a docent for a walk along the creek and through a wooded valley. Learn about the area’s animals, plants, early inhabitants and movies filmed in the park. Bring a picnic lunch, sunscreen, walking shoes and plenty of water. See Andrea Huntsman at the park entrance to get a flier to place in the car in order to waive the $12/car parking fee.
Questions? Contact Andrea Huntsman at andrea.huntsman@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project – The Pet Rescue Center at Melinda Park in Mission Viejo
Date: Friday, March 10
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Learn about pet rescue, adoption and animal care! Bring a towel or blanket and canned pet food to donate to the pet rescue.
Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org

Knotts Berry Farm Westward Movement Tour in Buena Park
Date: Monday, March 13
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $12/tour, $43 if you would ALSO like admission to the park for the day (Learners may use funds for this trip)
Come and join us on a tour of the westward movement. We will be experiencing the life of the pioneers as we visit a one-room classroom, visit the blacksmith and other businesses. We will learn about the progression of transportation west from the covered wagon to the stagecoach to the transcontinental railroad. Our tour will be two hours, but you have the option of paying a discounted price for park admission.
Questions? Contact Julie Cumming at julie.cumming@iLEADexploration.org

Star Ecostation in Culver City
Date: Monday, March 13
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $6/learner, 2 and under free
Each field trip lasts two hours, consisting of a one-hour assembly and a one-hour tour of the facility, with lessons aligned with California State Science Standards. Throughout the field trip, learners will study the latest developments in environmental protection and the ways in which wildlife interact with various ecosystems, embodying the STAR Eco Station mission of “preservation through education.” The learners also receive an up-close and hands-on experience with our rescued exotic wildlife, including tortoises, pythons, alligators, parrots, arachnids, lizards, and maybe even some small furry friends! The tour includes different environmental exhibits that showcase ways that learners can help protect animals in the wild. Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley at maggie.pulley@iLEADexploration.org

Medieval Times in Buena Park
Date: Tuesday, March 14
Time: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $25.50 (Learners may use funds for this trip)
Come visit our 11th century style castle and learn the history of knights, horsemanship, chivalry and life woven into a 90-minute live action performance of jousting, swordplay and medieval games of skill. The show includes a lunch of oven roasted chicken quarter, garlic bread, sweet corn cobette, herb roasted potato, water and a chocolate chip cookie. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request. Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org

Hyperion Treatment Plant Tour in Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, March 16
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (only ages 9+ allowed on this tour)
The friendly staff will guide a tour of the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant. Attendees will learn what happens when things go down the drain in homes and businesses.
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch at adrienne.lynch@iLEADexploration.org

Starr Ranch in Trabuco Canyon
Date: Thursday, March 16
Time: 9-11:45 a.m.
Cost: $10
Come join us at Starr Ranch for songbird monitoring. The program begins with an introduction to songbird monitoring, its importance for conservation, and the ranch’s most common bird species. Participants then join biologists outside to view and identify wild birds up close, collect data on age and sex, and aid in release. Afterward, if you have time, stay for a guided nature walk. Questions? Contact Nicole Schwartz at nicole.schwartz@iLEADexploration.org

LACMA Tour in Los Angeles
Date: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Tours tailored for grade levels: Seeing Matters – Critical Thinking Through Art (grades 1-5) and Heroes, Legends, Gods and Myths (grades 5-12).
Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley at maggie.pulley@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Alexandria House in Los Angeles
Date: Tuesday, April 4
Time: 10 a.m.-12 noon
Cost: Free
Alexandria House is a transitional shelter for women and children. They are always in need of household items to help women transition into their own homes, and clothing for women and children. Let’s all do some spring cleaning and collect gently used household items and clothing that we can pass on to these families in need! We’ll meet by the playground at Harold Henry Park to sort and organize our donations while children play. Afterward, any interested families can join us in dropping off the items at Alexandria House, which is a short drive away.
Questions? Contact Gillian Bayer at gillian.bayer@iLEADexploration.org

Home Depot Tour in Westminster
Date: Friday, April 7
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Tour The Home Depot in Westminster! Your child will have a great time touring the store and building a small wooden tool box for free! The Home Depot will provide a tour of the store in which the students get to see real tools and real materials builders use to perform their jobs. After the tour, each student will be given an opportunity to build and paint a small wooden tool box. The building project will take place at the store. By the end of the trip, each student will have a hands-on learning experience using community resources and direct interactions with real-life professionals who do this work on a daily basis. They will also get to bring home their finished products.
Questions? Contact Allison Smith at allison.smith@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Niguel Botanical Reserve in Laguna Niguel
Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Cost: Free
On Earth Day, join iLEAD along with other volunteers as we help plant over 1,000 plants to make the Niguel Botanical Preserve beautiful! Gloves and tools are provided by the city.
Questions? Contact Nicole Schwartz at nicole.schwartz@iLEADexploration.org

Child Creativity Lab in Santa Ana

Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $9/participant
Learners in third through sixth grades are invited to conquer the “Marble Ramp Run Challenge.” The first hour will consist of a guided STEM challenge and the second hour will be a time to explore and create.
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@iLEADexploration.org

Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga
Date: Friday, April 28
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Cost: $14 learners/$15 adults
Come tour this beautiful location and enjoy Midsummer Night’s Dream-Improv warm-ups, living history, technique workshop and a lunch break (food not provided). There will also be a performance and time for Q&A.
Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley at maggie.pulley@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Milk + Bookies in Encino
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Bring books to donate to inner-city schools, decorate bookmarks, write special notes to the future readers, and play together at Lake Balboa Park in Encino!
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org

Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium in Carlsbad
Date: Tuesday, May 2
Time: 9 a.m.-park close
Cost: $19/$29 adults
(Learners may use funds for this trip)
Join us for homeschool day at Legoland! Enjoy full use of the park with other iLEAD families.
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org
This field trip will be released in February.

The Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita
Dates: Tuesday, May 16, and Thursday, May 18
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $10/learner, adults free
A visit to The Gentle Barn provides children from any background a great opportunity to learn about farm animals with their unique features and personalities. Your group will enjoy an intimate two-hour experience as we share the history of The Gentle Barn, personally introduce you to all of our animals, and share their stories of rescue and recovery. You will also get to brush and hug our cows, feed the horses carrots, give our pigs tummy rubs, pet the goats, hold the chickens and cuddle the turkeys. Our group will enter 15 minutes early to eat in a shaded area, but they ask that we do not bring any meat, poultry, or fish out of respect to the animals.
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org

Waterfront Education Field Trip

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The week before Thanksgiving, iLEAD learners enjoyed a field trip with Waterfront Education in Redondo Beach. There was much sea life to enjoy and observe including sea lions, a baby octopus, and tiger shrimp!

Field Trips

We are thrilled to announce the remaining field trips and service projects for the remainder of our school year! In today’s Monday Message, we are announcing field trips and service projects happening in semester two. These field trips will be released on Tuesday, December 6 at 9 a.m. via iLEAD Exploration’s Facebook page and email . Each of these field trips/service projects have limited space, so if you are interested in signing up for one, please check your email right at 9 a.m. on December 6 and click the link to sign up immediately.

Stanley Ranch Museum in Garden Grove
Date: Wednesday, January 18
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $1/learner, $5/adult
Join us for a tour of historic homes and businesses in Garden Grove dating from the town’s 19th century origins!
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Support our Police at Shady Grove Park in Chino
Date: Friday, January 20
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Bring markers, crayons and paper! We will write letters and color pictures for our hardworking police officers to show our gratitude and encourage them! Bring a lunch and stay for a park play date.
Questions? Contact Holly Havenhill at holly.havenhill@iLEADexploration.org

Irvine Park Zoo
Date: Friday, January 27
Time (two tours available): 10-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $3
Come join us for a guided tour of the OC Zoo. Topics covered include habitats, adaptations, feeding habits, and general information about animals native to the southwestern U.S. Tours also include a short animal presentation. Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Blankets, Beanie & Sock Drive (Plus Card Making) at Eastgate Park in Garden Grove
Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Help the homeless stay warm by donating blankets, beanies and socks. Make cards for the homeless and then play at the park with other homeschool families.
Questions? Contact Allison Smith at Allison.Smith@iLEADexploration.org

Watts Tower Art Center in Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, February 2
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $1/learner
The Watts Tower is an L.A. gem! Schools from all over Los Angeles plan visits to explore and learn about these historical structures. Learners will be taken on a guided tour through the towers. They will be led through current art exhibits, and will watch a documentary on Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers. Finally, the day will close out with an interactive, artist-led, art activity. This field trip will broaden their understanding of art and engineering, inspiring them to create their own artistic inventions. Bring a sack lunch to eat on the picnic tables outside after the tour!
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch at adrienne.lynch@iLEADexploration.org

ChocXO Tour in Irvine
Date: Friday, February 3
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $7/learner, $10/adult
Come get excited for chocolate and Valentine’s Day with a tour of a real chocolate factory in Irvine! Have a sweet time seeing the process from start to finish of creating chocolate. Enjoy some truffles at the end of the tour.
Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org

Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino
Date: Monday, February 6
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Cost: $3/learner, $8/adult, children 4 and under are free
Come join us at The Planes of Fame Air Museum! Walk through the hangars and discuss topics of aviation including its early development, the Wright Brothers and the role it has played in society. Learn about the parts of planes and the different types of aircraft!
Questions? Contact Holly Havenhill at holly.havenhill@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Project Linus at Melinda Park in Mission Viejo
Date: Friday, February 10
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Project Linus is a nonprofit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. We will be making blankets that will be delivered to children who may be seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need of love and warmth. We will meet at Melinda Park to make blankets. Feel free to stay longer to have a picnic lunch and to enjoy the park. Questions? Contact Julie Cumming at julie.cumming@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Park West-Advanced Rehab Center in Tustin
Date: Tuesday, February 14
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Pass out Valentines to the residents and then join us at Peppertree Park (right down the street) for a Valentine exchange of our own!
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Baby 2 Baby in Los Angeles
Date: Wednesday, February 15
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free (Please only bring children ages 10+)
Come volunteer at Baby2Baby! Volunteers will participate in sorting through and organizing donated children’s items and putting together gift bags for children in the program (125,000 low-income children across L.A.). Baby2Baby provides coffee, music and good company at all of their sessions — all you need to provide is your time and a desire to serve!
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch at adrienne.lynch@iLEADexploration.org

The Science Behind Pixar in Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $7.95/learner, $11.50/adult

Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar filmmaking process at the California Science Center, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who helped bring these favorite films to the big screen.
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch at adrienne.lynch@iLEADexploration.org

The Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley
Date: Wednesday, March 1
Time: 11:30 a.m. – close
Cost: $8/learner
Join us for a special time of learning from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. where our learners will have a hands-on experience with 10-15 animals from around the globe. Families will also have all-day admission into the museum.
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Read Across America at Shady Grove Park in Chino
Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Come join iLEAD families and any others you would like to invite! Bring picnic blankets, a pile of favorite books, and have your learners be prepared to read to another child that is younger than them! Kindergarteners can read words and describe pictures to toddlers, older learners can read to younger learners! Make new friends and help instill the love of learning and reading in others! Bring a packed lunch and feel free to hang around and have a picnic lunch or play on the playground afterward!
Questions? Contact Holly Havenhill at holly.havenhill@iLEADexploration.org

Malibu Creek State Park Hike in Topanga Canyon
Date: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Join a docent for a walk along the creek and through a wooded valley. Learn about the area’s animals, plants, early inhabitants and movies filmed in the park. Bring a picnic lunch, sunscreen, walking shoes and plenty of water. See Andrea Huntsman at the park entrance to get a flier to place in the car in order to waive the $12/car parking fee.
Questions? Contact Andrea Huntsman at andrea.huntsman@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project – The Pet Rescue Center at Melinda Park in Mission Viejo
Date: Friday, March 10
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Learn about pet rescue, adoption and animal care! Bring a towel or blanket and canned pet food to donate to the pet rescue.
Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org

Knotts Berry Farm Westward Movement Tour in Buena Park
Date: Monday, March 13
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $12/tour, $43 if you would ALSO like admission to the park for the day (Learners may use funds for this trip)
Come and join us on a tour of the westward movement. We will be experiencing the life of the pioneers as we visit a one-room classroom, visit the blacksmith and other businesses. We will learn about the progression of transportation west from the covered wagon to the stagecoach to the transcontinental railroad. Our tour will be two hours, but you have the option of paying a discounted price for park admission.
Questions? Contact Julie Cumming at julie.cumming@iLEADexploration.org

Star Ecostation in Culver City
Date: Monday, March 13
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $6/learner, 2 and under free
Each field trip lasts two hours, consisting of a one-hour assembly and a one-hour tour of the facility, with lessons aligned with California State Science Standards. Throughout the field trip, learners will study the latest developments in environmental protection and the ways in which wildlife interact with various ecosystems, embodying the STAR Eco Station mission of “preservation through education.” The learners also receive an up-close and hands-on experience with our rescued exotic wildlife, including tortoises, pythons, alligators, parrots, arachnids, lizards, and maybe even some small furry friends! The tour includes different environmental exhibits that showcase ways that learners can help protect animals in the wild. Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley at maggie.pulley@iLEADexploration.org

Medieval Times in Buena Park
Date: Tuesday, March 14
Time: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $25.50 (Learners may use funds for this trip)
Come visit our 11th century style castle and learn the history of knights, horsemanship, chivalry and life woven into a 90-minute live action performance of jousting, swordplay and medieval games of skill. The show includes a lunch of oven roasted chicken quarter, garlic bread, sweet corn cobette, herb roasted potato, water and a chocolate chip cookie. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request. Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org

Hyperion Treatment Plant Tour in Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, March 16
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (only ages 9+ allowed on this tour)
The friendly staff will guide a tour of the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant. Attendees will learn what happens when things go down the drain in homes and businesses.
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch at adrienne.lynch@iLEADexploration.org

Starr Ranch in Trabuco Canyon
Date: Thursday, March 16
Time: 9-11:45 a.m.
Cost: $10
Come join us at Starr Ranch for songbird monitoring. The program begins with an introduction to songbird monitoring, its importance for conservation, and the ranch’s most common bird species. Participants then join biologists outside to view and identify wild birds up close, collect data on age and sex, and aid in release. Afterward, if you have time, stay for a guided nature walk. Questions? Contact Nicole Schwartz at nicole.schwartz@iLEADexploration.org

LACMA Tour in Los Angeles
Date: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Tours tailored for grade levels: Seeing Matters – Critical Thinking Through Art (grades 1-5) and Heroes, Legends, Gods and Myths (grades 5-12).
Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley at maggie.pulley@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Alexandria House in Los Angeles
Date: Tuesday, April 4
Time: 10 a.m.-12 noon
Cost: Free
Alexandria House is a transitional shelter for women and children. They are always in need of household items to help women transition into their own homes, and clothing for women and children. Let’s all do some spring cleaning and collect gently used household items and clothing that we can pass on to these families in need! We’ll meet by the playground at Harold Henry Park to sort and organize our donations while children play. Afterward, any interested families can join us in dropping off the items at Alexandria House, which is a short drive away.
Questions? Contact Gillian Bayer at gillian.bayer@iLEADexploration.org

Home Depot Tour in Westminster
Date: Friday, April 7
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Tour The Home Depot in Westminster! Your child will have a great time touring the store and building a small wooden tool box for free! The Home Depot will provide a tour of the store in which the students get to see real tools and real materials builders use to perform their jobs. After the tour, each student will be given an opportunity to build and paint a small wooden tool box. The building project will take place at the store. By the end of the trip, each student will have a hands-on learning experience using community resources and direct interactions with real-life professionals who do this work on a daily basis. They will also get to bring home their finished products.
Questions? Contact Allison Smith at allison.smith@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Niguel Botanical Reserve in Laguna Niguel
Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Cost: Free
On Earth Day, join iLEAD along with other volunteers as we help plant over 1,000 plants to make the Niguel Botanical Preserve beautiful! Gloves and tools are provided by the city.
Questions? Contact Nicole Schwartz at nicole.schwartz@iLEADexploration.org

Child Creativity Lab in Santa Ana

Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $9/participant
Learners in third through sixth grades are invited to conquer the “Marble Ramp Run Challenge.” The first hour will consist of a guided STEM challenge and the second hour will be a time to explore and create.
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@iLEADexploration.org

Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga
Date: Friday, April 28
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Cost: $14 learners/$15 adults
Come tour this beautiful location and enjoy Midsummer Night’s Dream-Improv warm-ups, living history, technique workshop and a lunch break (food not provided). There will also be a performance and time for Q&A.
Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley at maggie.pulley@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Milk + Bookies in Encino
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Bring books to donate to inner-city schools, decorate bookmarks, write special notes to the future readers, and play together at Lake Balboa Park in Encino!
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org

Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium in Carlsbad
Date: Tuesday, May 2
Time: 9 a.m.-park close
Cost: $19/$29 adults
(Learners may use funds for this trip)
Join us for homeschool day at Legoland! Enjoy full use of the park with other iLEAD families.
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org

The Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita
Dates: Tuesday, May 16, and Thursday, May 18
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $10/learner, adults free
A visit to The Gentle Barn provides children from any background a great opportunity to learn about farm animals with their unique features and personalities. Your group will enjoy an intimate two-hour experience as we share the history of The Gentle Barn, personally introduce you to all of our animals, and share their stories of rescue and recovery. You will also get to brush and hug our cows, feed the horses carrots, give our pigs tummy rubs, pet the goats, hold the chickens and cuddle the turkeys. Our group will enter 15 minutes early to eat in a shaded area, but they ask that we do not bring any meat, poultry, or fish out of respect to the animals.
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org

Field Trips

We are thrilled to announce the remaining field trips and service projects for the remainder of our school year! In today’s Monday Message, we are announcing field trips and service projects happening in semester two. These field trips will be released on Tuesday, December 6 at 9 a.m. via iLEAD Exploration’s Facebook page and email . Each of these field trips/service projects have limited space, so if you are interested in signing up for one, please check your email right at 9 a.m. on December 6 and click the link to sign up immediately.

Stanley Ranch Museum in Garden Grove
Date: Wednesday, January 18
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $1/learner, $5/adult
Join us for a tour of historic homes and businesses in Garden Grove dating from the town’s 19th century origins!
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@iLEADexploration.org

 

Service Project: Support our Police at Shady Grove Park in Chino
Date: Friday, January 20
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Bring markers, crayons and paper! We will write letters and color pictures for our hardworking police officers to show our gratitude and encourage them! Bring a lunch and stay for a park play date.
Questions? Contact Holly Havenhill at holly.havenhill@iLEADexploration.org

 

Date: Friday, January 27
Time (two tours available): 10-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $3
Come join us for a guided tour of the OC Zoo. Topics covered include habitats, adaptations, feeding habits, and general information about animals native to the southwestern U.S. Tours also include a short animal presentation. Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org


Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Help the homeless stay warm by donating blankets, beanies and socks. Make cards for the homeless and then play at the park with other homeschool families.
Questions? Contact Allison Smith at Allison.Smith@iLEADexploration.org


Watts Tower Art Center in Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, February 2
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $1/learner
The Watts Tower is an L.A. gem! Schools from all over Los Angeles plan visits to explore and learn about these historical structures. Learners will be taken on a guided tour through the towers. They will be led through current art exhibits, and will watch a documentary on Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers. Finally, the day will close out with an interactive, artist-led, art activity. This field trip will broaden their understanding of art and engineering, inspiring them to create their own artistic inventions. Bring a sack lunch to eat on the picnic tables outside after the tour!
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch at adrienne.lynch@iLEADexploration.org


ChocXO Tour in Irvine
Date: Friday, February 3
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $7/learner, $10/adult
Come get excited for chocolate and Valentine’s Day with a tour of a real chocolate factory in Irvine! Have a sweet time seeing the process from start to finish of creating chocolate. Enjoy some truffles at the end of the tour.
Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org


Date: Monday, February 6
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Cost: $3/learner, $8/adult, children 4 and under are free
Come join us at The Planes of Fame Air Museum! Walk through the hangars and discuss topics of aviation including its early development, the Wright Brothers and the role it has played in society. Learn about the parts of planes and the different types of aircraft!
Questions? Contact Holly Havenhill at holly.havenhill@iLEADexploration.org


Date: Friday, February 10
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Project Linus is a nonprofit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. We will be making blankets that will be delivered to children who may be seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need of love and warmth. We will meet at Melinda Park to make blankets. Feel free to stay longer to have a picnic lunch and to enjoy the park. Questions? Contact Julie Cumming at julie.cumming@iLEADexploration.org


Service Project: Baby 2 Baby in Los Angeles
Date: Wednesday, February 15
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free (Please only bring children ages 10+)
Come volunteer at Baby2Baby! Volunteers will participate in sorting through and organizing donated children’s items and putting together gift bags for children in the program (125,000 low-income children across L.A.). Baby2Baby provides coffee, music and good company at all of their sessions — all you need to provide is your time and a desire to serve!
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch at adrienne.lynch@iLEADexploration.org


The Science Behind Pixar in Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $7.95/learner, $11.50/adult

Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar filmmaking process at the California Science Center, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who helped bring these favorite films to the big screen.
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch at adrienne.lynch@iLEADexploration.org

Service Project: Read Across America at Shady Grove Park in Chino
Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Come join iLEAD families and any others you would like to invite! Bring picnic blankets, a pile of favorite books, and have your learners be prepared to read to another child that is younger than them! Kindergarteners can read words and describe pictures to toddlers, older learners can read to younger learners! Make new friends and help instill the love of learning and reading in others! Bring a packed lunch and feel free to hang around and have a picnic lunch or play on the playground afterward!
Questions? Contact Holly Havenhill at holly.havenhill@iLEADexploration.org


Date: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Join a docent for a walk along the creek and through a wooded valley. Learn about the area’s animals, plants, early inhabitants and movies filmed in the park. Bring a picnic lunch, sunscreen, walking shoes and plenty of water. See Andrea Huntsman at the park entrance to get a flier to place in the car in order to waive the $12/car parking fee.
Questions? Contact Andrea Huntsman at andrea.huntsman@iLEADexploration.org


Date: Friday, March 10
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Learn about pet rescue, adoption and animal care! Bring a towel or blanket and canned pet food to donate to the pet rescue.
Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org


Buena Park
Date: Monday, March 13
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $12/tour, $43 if you would ALSO like admission to the park for the day (Learners may use funds for this trip)
Come and join us on a tour of the westward movement. We will be experiencing the life of the pioneers as we visit a one-room classroom, visit the blacksmith and other businesses. We will learn about the progression of transportation west from the covered wagon to the stagecoach to the transcontinental railroad. Our tour will be two hours, but you have the option of paying a discounted price for park admission.
Questions? Contact Julie Cumming at julie.cumming@iLEADexploration.org



Star Ecostation in Culver City
Date: Monday, March 13
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $6/learner, 2 and under free
Each field trip lasts two hours, consisting of a one-hour assembly and a one-hour tour of the facility, with lessons aligned with California State Science Standards. Throughout the field trip, learners will study the latest developments in environmental protection and the ways in which wildlife interact with various ecosystems, embodying the STAR Eco Station mission of “preservation through education.” The learners also receive an up-close and hands-on experience with our rescued exotic wildlife, including tortoises, pythons, alligators, parrots, arachnids, lizards, and maybe even some small furry friends! The tour includes different environmental exhibits that showcase ways that learners can help protect animals in the wild. Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley at maggie.pulley@iLEADexploration.org

Medieval Times in Buena Park
Date: Tuesday, March 14
Time: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $25.50 (Learners may use funds for this trip)
Come visit our 11th century style castle and learn the history of knights, horsemanship, chivalry and life woven into a 90-minute live action performance of jousting, swordplay and medieval games of skill. The show includes a lunch of oven roasted chicken quarter, garlic bread, sweet corn cobette, herb roasted potato, water and a chocolate chip cookie. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request. Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@iLEADexploration.org

Hyperion Treatment Plant Tour in Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, March 16
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (only ages 9+ allowed on this tour)
The friendly staff will guide a tour of the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant. Attendees will learn what happens when things go down the drain in homes and businesses.
Questions? Contact Adrienne Lynch at adrienne.lynch@iLEADexploration.org


Starr Ranch in Trabuco Canyon
Date: Thursday, March 16
Time: 9-11:45 a.m.
Cost: $10
Come join us at Starr Ranch for songbird monitoring. The program begins with an introduction to songbird monitoring, its importance for conservation, and the ranch’s most common bird species. Participants then join biologists outside to view and identify wild birds up close, collect data on age and sex, and aid in release. Afterward, if you have time, stay for a guided nature walk. Questions? Contact Nicole Schwartz at nicole.schwartz@iLEADexploration.org


LACMA Tour in Los Angeles
Date: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
Tours tailored for grade levels: Seeing Matters – Critical Thinking Through Art (grades 1-5) and Heroes, Legends, Gods and Myths (grades 5-12).
Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley at maggie.pulley@iLEADexploration.org


Home Depot Tour in Westminster
Date: Friday, April 7
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Tour The Home Depot in Westminster! Your child will have a great time touring the store and building a small wooden tool box for free! The Home Depot will provide a tour of the store in which the students get to see real tools and real materials builders use to perform their jobs. After the tour, each student will be given an opportunity to build and paint a small wooden tool box. The building project will take place at the store. By the end of the trip, each student will have a hands-on learning experience using community resources and direct interactions with real-life professionals who do this work on a daily basis. They will also get to bring home their finished products.
Questions? Contact Allison Smith at allison.smith@iLEADexploration.org


Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Cost: Free
On Earth Day, join iLEAD along with other volunteers as we help plant over 1,000 plants to make the Niguel Botanical Preserve beautiful! Gloves and tools are provided by the city.
Questions? Contact Nicole Schwartz at nicole.schwartz@iLEADexploration.org


Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Bring books to donate to inner-city schools, decorate bookmarks, write special notes to the future readers, and play together at Lake Balboa Park in Encino!
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org


Legoland in Carlsbad
Date: Tuesday, May 2
Time: 9 a.m.-park close
Cost: $19/$25 adults
(Learners may use funds for this trip)
Join us for homeschool day at Legoland! Enjoy full use of the park with other iLEAD families.
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org



The Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita
Dates: Tuesday, May 16, and Thursday, May 18
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $10/learner, adults free
A visit to The Gentle Barn provides children from any background a great opportunity to learn about farm animals with their unique features and personalities. Your group will enjoy an intimate two-hour experience as we share the history of The Gentle Barn, personally introduce you to all of our animals, and share their stories of rescue and recovery. You will also get to brush and hug our cows, feed the horses carrots, give our pigs tummy rubs, pet the goats, hold the chickens and cuddle the turkeys. Our group will enter 15 minutes early to eat in a shaded area, but they ask that we do not bring any meat, poultry, or fish out of respect to the animals.
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@iLEADexploration.org

Field Trip to Sea World

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Last Wednesday, about 200 iLEAD learners headed to SeaWorld in San Diego for a day of friendship and learning. A great time was had by all!

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In-n-Out Burger Field Trip

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Last week’s field trip to In-n-Out was a blast! The kids toured the kitchen and learned all about how the company makes their yummy food. They even got the opportunity to make french fries! After the tour, everyone was provided a free meal while enjoying the company of other homeschool families. They also received a gift card to come back for a free drink. Educational Facilitator Allison Smith, who planned this amazing opportunity, overheard several kids saying “This is the best day EVER!” We love our iLEAD families and are especially thankful to our awesome field trip team for planning so many unique opportunities for our learners!

Fall Field Trips

Great news! We have the rare opportunity to open up the Bob Baker Marionettes field trip on November 29 to include TWO parents/grownups per family! Most often theater performances like this one are limited to one adult per family, but for this special event, BOTH parents (or grandparents!) get to join in the fun! Take advantage of this opportunity for the entire family to participate in an Exploration field trip! Grab your extra ticket while they are still available here!
Please remember the last day to sign up for Barclay’s Nutcracker is October 24, while the last day to sign up for all other fall field trips is November 1. For a complete description of each field trip, please visit this Monday Message . Also, if a field trip is not sold out, there are informative links located in the “Events and Important Dates” section of this Monday Message.

Fall Field Trips

Fall field trip fun awaits! The last day to sign up for Barclay’s Nutcracker is October 24, while the last day to sign up for all other fall field trips is November 1. For a complete description of each field trip, please visit last week’s Monday Message here . Also, if a field trip is not sold out, there are informative links located in the “Events and Important Dates” section of this Monday Message.

Fall Field Trips

Hello, Families! Last week, we released sign-ups for the November and December field trips. Below is a list of the field trips along with a link to sign up (if they aren’t already full). For a complete description of each field trip, please visit last week’s Monday Message here . The last day to sign up for Barclay’s Nutcracker is October 24, while the last day to sign up for all other fall field trips is November 1.

Homeschool Day at SeaWorld in San Diego
Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 9:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $6.25

Sorry, this field trip is full.
Questions? Contact Nicole Schwartz

 

Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
Cost: Free
Sign up here.
Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley or Gillian Bayer

Sea Discovery at Waterfront Education in Redondo Beach
Date: Monday, November 14
Time: 9:30 a.m. – noon for grades TK-3
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. for grades 4-12
Cost: $30/ticket
Sign up here.
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu

Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
Cost: FREE
Sign up here.
Questions? Contact Allison Smith

 

Date: Friday, November 18
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $8/ticket
Sign up here.
Questions? Contact: Pamela Von Eschen

The Nutcracker performed by The Bob Baker Marionettes
Date: Tuesday, November 29
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
Cost: $10/ticket
Sign up here.
Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley or Gillian Bayer

The Nutcracker at the Barclay
Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $10/ticket
Sign up here.
Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen

Red Chair Nutcracker in Pasadena
Date: Friday, December 9
Time: 9 am
Cost: $3/ticket; ONE adult ticket per family

Sorry, this field trip is full.

Questions? Contact Mandy Schutt

Exciting Field Trips Coming Up!

Our November and December field trips are set to be released tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27 at 9 a.m. via e-mail and Facebook !

Homeschool Day at SeaWorld in San Diego
Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 9:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $6.25

Enhance your home education program with an instructional field trip to SeaWorld! This program provides your learners with an unforgettable day of exploration as they connect to wildlife and the world we share. The program includes:
An educational animal presentation.
Self-guided viewing of SeaWorld’s animal habitats. On the day of the visit, each adult chaperone will receive a field trip guide to facilitate learning.
A science activity guide that provides additional educational value to your SeaWorld field trip.
SeaWorld’s instructional field trip program supports California Science Content Standards.

Questions? Contact Nicole Schwartz

Ronald McDonald House Service Project at Kenneth Hahn Park, L.A.
Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
Cost: Free

Join us at Kenneth Hahn Park to make “Snack Packs” for the children at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House! Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House are dealing with serious childhood illnesses and face financial hardships as they are spending all of their time focusing on their children’s medical issues. They spend long days at the Children’s Hospital for appointments and treatments. Let’s help them out by providing some snacks and cheer for their hospital days.

We will meet at the dragon playground at the top of Kenneth Hahn Park to decorate paper snack bags, make encouraging cards, and fill the bags with healthy snacks.

Donations of healthy snacks and drinks are needed! Suggestions are non-perishable juice or milk boxes/pouches, granola bars, nut/trail mix packs, fruit snacks, apple sauce pouches, other fruit pouches, or crackers/chips. Please bring pre-packaged single serving snacks that don’t expire until 2017 or later. If you’re unable to donate snacks but would like to attend to decorate bags and make cards, you’re still welcome to join us!

Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley or Gillian Bayer

Sea Discovery at Waterfront Education in Redondo Beach
Date: Monday, November 14
Time: 9:30 a.m. – noon for grades TK-3
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. for grades 4-12
Cost: $30/ticket

Come make discoveries at sea! We have an amazing opportunity aboard a classroom on a boat, with activities including an otter trawl for local marine life, a plankton pull, etc. Based on the age of your learner, there are two opportunities available. If you have learners in both age groups, you can decide which age group fits your family best. The trip is $30/person. Learners may use funds, while other family members must pay through Eventbrite. Siblings younger than 3 are discouraged, as there are limited life jackets available.

Questions? Contact Erin Munavu

Toys for Tots Drive Service Project in Costa Mesa
Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
Cost: FREE

Join us for a toy drive and park clean up! Please help Toys For Tots reach their goal of providing joy to less fortunate children around the USA by bringing a toy donation. We would love for every family to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate and then stay to help clean up the park. We will be meeting at Tewinkle Park located at 970 Arlington Drive in Costa Mesa. At 10:00 am, we will meet at the picnic shelter next to the playground to drop off the donated toys. After you drop off your toys, please walk around the beautiful park and help pick up trash. Once you have contributed to the trash clean up, please feel free to picnic at the beautiful park while socializing and enjoying a fun hangout time with other iLEAD families.

Questions? Contact Allison Smith

Underwood Farms in Simi Valley
Date: Friday, November 18
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $8/ticket

Come join us for a morning tour of a working farm and enjoy a presentation from the farmer, a vintage tractor-drawn wagon ride around the farm, vegetable picking, and lunch in a shaded picnic area (bring your lunch).

Questions? Contact Carol Bunch

The Nutcracker performed by The Bob Baker Marionettes
Date: Tuesday, November 29
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
Cost: $10/ticket

Join us for a Los Angeles holiday tradition to see The Nutcracker performed by the Bob Baker Marionettes! The amazing puppeteers bring a holiday classic to life with music and dance. This show is great for children of all ages. After the show, everyone is invited to an ice cream party!

Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley or Gillian Bayer

The Nutcracker at the Barclay
Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $10/ticket

Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker, part of Children’s Invitation to the Ballet, was especially designed to introduce elementary and junior high school learners to the beauty of classical ballet and music.

The company’s lavish one-hour, narrated rendition of The Nutcracker returns to the Barclay. Featuring magical effects, dazzling sets and opulent costumes, this professional production of The Nutcracker highlights FBT’s exceptional company dancers and budding young talent from across southern California. Celebrate the season with our heroine Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and a cast of hundreds as they take you on a magical journey to the mystical Kingdom of Sweets.

Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen

Red Chair Nutcracker in Pasadena
Date: Friday, December 9
Time: 9 am
Cost: $3/ticket; ONE adult ticket per family

These tickets sold out so quickly last year that we wanted to offer it again this year! Please join us for this magical holiday tradition adored by children for generations.

The stunning performance is located at the beautiful Alex Theatre in Glendale! This show is for kids, by kids! All the performers are between the ages of 5 and 18, and the caliber of artistry from these young artists is indeed a spectacle! This lavish show has been hailed by RedTri as L.A.’s best Nutcracker for kids and has no shortage of glitz and glam. (Please note that this show is appropriate for ages 5-18. Siblings younger than 5 may find the show challenging to sit through.)

Questions? Contact Mandy Schutt

Exciting Field Trips Coming Up!

We are excited to share more of our upcoming field trips! The November and December field trips will be released for signups on Tuesday, September 27 via Facebook and email. Next week’s Monday Message will include detailed descriptions (prior to the release date), but here’s a preview of some of the amazing trips we have planned for you!

11/2 Homeschool Day at SeaWorld in San Diego
11/9 Ronald McDonald House Service Project in Los Angeles
11/14 Sea Discovery at Waterfront Education in Redondo Beach
11/16 Toys for Tots Drive Service Project in Costa Mesa
11/18 Underwood Farms in Simi Valley
11/29 Bob Baker Marionettes in Los Angeles
12/8 The Nutcracker at the Barclay, OC
12/9 Red Chair Nutcracker in Pasadena
…and more!

September & October Field Trips

Last week, we released sign-ups for the September and October field trips. Below is a list of the field trips along with a link to sign up (if they aren’t already full). For a full description of each field trip, please visit last week’s Monday Message here.

Roundhouse Aquarium Tour and Service Project
Date: Thursday, September 15
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $5/ticket
Sign up here.
Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley at maggie.pulley@ileadexploration.org or Gillian Bayer at gillian.bayer@ileadexploration.org

Heal the Bay Coastal Cleanup Service Project
Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Cost: Free
Sign up here.
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@ileadexploration.org

Child Creativity Lab Field Trip for Grades K-5
Date: Wednesday, September 21
Time: 10:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $9 per child paid at the door
Sorry, this field trip is full!
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@ileadexploration.org

OC Foodbank Service Project
Date: Wednesday, September 28
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Sorry, this field trip is full!
Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@ileadexploration.org

Child Creativity Lab Field Trip for Grades 6-12
Date: Wednesday, October 5
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $9 per child paid at the door
Sign up here.
Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@ileadexploration.org

Amy’s Farm
Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $10/learner (includes a pumpkin), $8/adult, ages 0-1 are free
Sorry, this field trip is full!
Questions? Contact Holly Havenhill at holly.havenhill@ileadexploration.org.

Tanaka Farm
Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Cost: $14/learner, $7/adult not picking pumpkin
Sign up here.
Questions? Contact Julie Cumming at julie.cumming@ileadexploration.org

In-N-Out Tour in Seal Beach at 12365 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach 90740
Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 8:50 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Sorry, this field trip is full!
Questions? Contact Allison Smith at allison.smith@ileadexploration.org

Service Project – Letters to Active Military or Veterans in Orange County
Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Sign up here.
Questions? Contact Julie Cumming at julie.cumming@ileadexploration.org

Service Project at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center in Santa Ana
(All Ages)
Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Sign up here.
Questions? Please contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@ileadexploration.org.

Fall Field Trip Announcement

Dear Families,

We are thrilled to announce some exciting fall field trips and service projects we have planned for your learners! In today’s Monday Message, we are announcing field trips and service projects happening in September and October. These field trips will be released 9 a.m. Tuesday, September 6 via iLEAD Exploration’s Facebook page and email . Each of these field trips/service projects have limited space, so if you are interested in signing up for one, please check your email right at 9 a.m. on September 6 and click the link to sign up immediately.

Roundhouse Aquarium Tour and Service Project
Date: Thursday, September 15
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $5/ticket

Join us for an ocean discovery hour at the Roundhouse Aquarium! The one-hour program includes time to explore the aquarium and touch tanks, information about how we can reduce, reuse and recycle to keep our oceans clean, an interactive food chain demonstration, and live animal demonstrations. Following the program, we’ll have an optional beach cleanup service project (the Roundhouse Aquarium will provide all supplies). Pack a lunch for a beach picnic afterwards!

Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley at maggie.pulley@ileadexploration.org or Gillian Bayer at gillian.bayer@ileadexploration.org

Heal the Bay Coastal Cleanup Service Project
Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Cost: Free

On September 17, iLEAD is teaming up with Heal the Bay for their annual Coastal Cleanup Day at Lake Balboa in Encino from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up here and bring the whole family to clean our beautiful public space. iLEAD families will wear something blue so we can find each other!

Questions? Contact Erin Munavu at erin.munavu@ileadexploration.org

Child Creativity Lab Field Trip for Grades K-5
Date: Wednesday, September 21
Time: 10:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $9 per child paid at the door

For the first hour, learners will participate in the Floating Boat Collaborative STEM Challenge. Learners will work together to design and create a floating boat out of reclaimed and reusable materials that could functionally float in water for at least 10 seconds while holding the weight of 25 pennies. The learners will have open studio time during the second hour to make and create.

Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@ileadexploration.org

OC Foodbank Service Project
Date: Wednesday, September 28
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free

On a daily basis, volunteers work side-by-side to the beat of music packing food boxes that are distributed to hungry people in Orange County and surrounding areas. Individuals, families, and groups of 80 can be accommodated. Group volunteer events typically begin with a brief tour of the Food Bank and presentation describing poverty and hunger in Orange County.
Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen at tricia.lorenzen@ileadexploration.org

Child Creativity Lab Field Trip for Grades 6-12
Date: Wednesday, October 5
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $9 per child paid at the door

Learners will participate in the Zip Line Collaborative STEM Challenge for the first hour. They will be challenged to design and create a carrier all out of reclaimed, reusable materials that could transport a tennis ball from one end of the zip line to the other without the ball falling out. The learners will have open studio time during the second hour to make and create.

Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@ileadexploration.org

Amy’s Farm
Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $10/learner (includes a pumpkin), $8/adult, ages 0-1 are free

Amy’s Farm is a fun and unique experience for all ages! Come enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and touch of the farm in a complete sensory experience! The tour will include a garden walk, harvesting of fresh herbs, feeding the animals, visiting the petting zoo, milking a cow and grooming a horse. After the tour, children are welcome to visit the pumpkin patch to select the perfect pumpkin for them to take home! Picnic tables will be available for a picnic lunch brought from home after the tour.

Questions? Contact Holly Havenhill at holly.havenhill@ileadexploration.org.

Tanaka Farm
Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Cost: $14/learner, $7/adult not picking pumpkin

Come join us for a morning on the farm! We will begin our time with a wagon ride around the farm learning about all that takes place on Tanaka Farm. After our ride, we will head on over to the petting zoo. Learners will also enjoy adventuring through a corn maze. Our time will end with picking veggies right out of the soil as well as choosing the perfect pumpkin! Lunch tables are available after our tour if you choose to bring a picnic lunch.

Questions? Contact Julie Cumming at julie.cumming@ileadexploration.org

In-N-Out Tour in Seal Beach at 12365 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach 90740
Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 8:50 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Have you ever wanted to know more about where In-N-Out gets their ingredients or how they make their fries so fresh and delicious? Join us for a fun opportunity to tour In-N-Out!! The tour lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour. You will enjoy hearing the history of the company while touring the kitchen. After the tour, each child will receive a complimentary meal. Space is limited to 23 children and four adults, so sign up quickly if you are interested. Children must be in grades 1-8 to participate. All extra adults or younger siblings can wait in the restaurant or in the outside seating area.

Questions? Contact Allison Smith at allison.smith@ileadexploration.org

Service Project – Letters to Active Military or Veterans in Orange County
Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Come join us at Baker Ranch Community Park where we will spend time writing notes and drawing pictures showing our gratitude and appreciation for those who serve or have served in the military. Letters/pictures will be delivered for Veterans Day. Afterward, we will enjoy time together at this fun park. Bring a picnic lunch, as well as markers/crayons and paper to make as many cards/pictures as you’d like.

Questions? Contact Julie Cumming at julie.cumming@ileadexploration.org

Service Project at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center in Santa Ana
(All Ages)
Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free

Please join us to brighten the day for residents at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center located in Santa Ana. Have your child/children wear their Halloween costumes (if they have one). We will meet out front of the facility at 10 a.m. and walk in together as a group at 10:05 a.m. The first part of our visit will be in the community room. Those residents who are able will be wheeled in and we will conduct a short activity/performance for them. Learners who would like to play a piece on the piano, recite a poem, sing a song, or anything else are more than welcome.

Please contact kendra.cosgrove@ileadexploration.org if you would like to share a talent. The second part of our visit will consist of a parade down the hallways and through the rooms for those residents who are in bed. The residents love seeing the children and their costumes. Please avoid wearing masks, scary costumes, and realistic accessories (fangs, blood, etc.). This will be a special event for the residents and a wonderful way for your children to show love and serve those who may be going through a difficult and lonely time.

Questions? Contact Kendra Cosgrove at kendra.cosgrove@ileadexploration.org

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