Field Trips and Service Projects

iLEAD’s epic community building and planning team sets us apart! With over 100 field trips and service projects planned throughout the year, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy! By listening to our families’ suggestions, a wide variety of field trips and service projects have been planned for each region we service.

Another exciting benefit to homeschooling are the special discounts and/or events offered by local businesses, museums, or other entities to independent study families.

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Bowling with iLEAD Buddies

January 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Tickets will become available on December 5th at 10am.  Bowling with Buddies! Join other iLead learners as we enjoy a fun filled hour of bowling! The fee includes shoe rentals. Arrive at 9:45 so we can bowl promptly at 10:00. Parking is free. Ticket sales will close on January 10th at 5pm.   

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Annenberg Space for Photography: CUBA IS Exhibit

January 25 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tickets will become available on December 5th at 10am. CUBA IS—at the Annenberg Space for Photography—is appropriate for all ages, but recommended for ages 10 and older. Revealing complexities both on and off the island. Cuba Is explores aspects of Cuba not easily accessed by foreigners, and sometimes not even by Cubans themselves. Born from indigenous, African and European roots, divergent politics and limitations in communication and commerce, the Cuba seen in this exhibition goes beyond the folklore and offers…

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Time for Three -Pepperdine University

January 31 @ 11:45 am - 2:00 pm

*Ticket sales for this event will open on December 5 at 10am.* Join us for this amazing trio! This groundbreaking, category-shattering trio transcends traditional classification, mixing elements of pop, rock, and classical forms. With an infectious energy, virtuosity, and showmanship, Time for Three performs everything from Bach to Brahms to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more. Please plan to arrive early and allow plenty of time to park and get to…

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The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Villa: Guided Lesson of Art of the Ancient World

February 5 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

*Ticket Sales for this event will open on December 5 at 5pm.* Learners grades 6-12 can enjoy a guided tour of the Getty Villa on February 5, 2018, from 11:00 - 12:30, with optional picnicking outside afterwards until 1:00. During learners' "Art of the Ancient World" guided lesson at the Getty Villa, learners will experience the ancient world through investigating objects such as vases, sculptures, mosaics, and frescoes from the Museum’s collection. Learners will be encouraged to look closely at…

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Guide Dogs of America Tour, Sylmar

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

*Tickets will become available for this event on December 5th at 10am* Have you ever wondered what it takes to train a guide dog? Come visit Guide Dogs of America to find out! The 90 minute tour includes an oral presentation, a short video, and a tour of the campus where you will get to see some dogs and learn about the two year training process.  Free parking lot in rear. Minimum age is 9, NO younger siblings. Ticket Sales…

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Valley Trails Ranch Tour, Castaic

February 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

*Tickets will become available December 5th at 10am* Join us as we pan for gold, make butter and candles, learn about rocks and minerals and play pioneer games. Learn about the history of the Gold Rush in your own backyard, not to mention the place where gold was first discovered in California. The first documented discovery of gold in California occurred in 1842 when Francisco Lopez, then a resident at Rancho San Francisco (Later known as Newhall Ranch), found the…

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Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant- Playa Del Rey

February 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Tickets will become available on December 5th at 10am. The Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant is Los Angeles' oldest and largest wastewater treatment facility. We will engage in hands-on exhibits, watch an inspiring mini documentary about recycling, and put on hard hats to investigate the plant on a tour. This is an exciting way to learn about how technological innovations make wastewater recovery possible. This trip is for learners 9 and up.  Ticket sales will close on February 5th at 5pm.

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Step Afrika! Migration Performance, Northridge: 6th – 12th grade

February 8 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

*Tickets will become available on December 5th at 10am.* Join us for an amazing show that brings a huge part of African American history to life. Step Afrika!’s signature work, The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence is based on Lawrence’s iconic painting series that chart the story of African-American migrants moving from the south to the north in the early 1900s. Each piece uses the images, color palette and motifs of the paintings to tell the migration story through body…

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Grandma’s House of Hope – Santa Ana

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

*Reservations for this service project open on December 5 at 10am.* Love. Hope. Healing. Please join us as we gather at Grandma's House of Hope and assemble hygiene kits for the homeless. Let's show our gratitude for all that we have and spread love, hope, and healing. We hope to see you there. Learners 6th grade-12th grade are invited. Please wear closed toed shoes and bring a jacket. Reservations for this event will close February 6 at 5pm, or when…

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Baby 2 Baby – Culver City

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

*Reservations for this service project open on December 5 at 10am.* Baby2baby serves low income families with diapers, clothing, and all the basic necessities every child needs. Volunteer with us as we help this non-profit sort and organize their donations. This will open your eyes to the homelessness epidemic and to the many underserved children in Los Angeles. Come partner with this organization for just a few hours; you'll be inspired about how to get involved. Participants who are 9…

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Moonwater Farms Tour, Los Angeles

February 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tickets will become available on December 5th at 10am. Come join us at Moonwater Farm for an urban farm story and tour. You’ll meet the goats and perhaps make paint from their milk, feed the chickens and fish as well as learn some intriguing facts about soil biology and life below the surface of our soil that makes our food possible! There are 3 distinct ways of growing food on our micro farm including aquaponics, permaculture and row crops. Once…

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Advanced Rehab Center of Tustin

February 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

*RSVP's for this event become available Dec 5th at 10am.* Give out Valentines to the residents staying at the Rehabilitation Center. Meet afterwards at Peppertree Park to exchange Valentines with other learners and play games. All ages welcome. If your learner has a talent that they would like to show off, this is their time to shine! Please make a minimum of 15 Valentine's to pass out to the residents. Make an additional 15 to pass out to friends at…

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Medieval Times, Buena Park

February 16 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

*Tickets for this event will become available on Dec 5th at 10am. * Join us for a live tournament performance and feast at Medieval Times! Imagine a history lesson presented by A King and the Noble Court set within the walls of an 11th century-style castle. Every detail is painstakingly recreated as your students take a personal journey back to the Middle Ages. Enjoy a 4 course lunch of chicken, corn and bread. Email jessica.graham@ileadexploration.org for any special diet restrictions of vegetarian…

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Discovery Cube – LA

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

*Tickets for this event will become available on Dec. 5th at 10am.* Discovery Cube field trip programs offer parents and students a way to explore, discover, and practice scientific process skills through hands-on exhibits, investigations, and immersive experiences. We have a highly engaging program and exhibits to excite the curiosity of all students. Students will get to participate in a 15 minute demonstration called "Predicting Forces". This trip is recommended for K-6, but other grade levels are welcome to come.…

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“Bud, Not Buddy” at La Mirada Theater

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

*Tickets sales for this event will open on December 5 at 10am.* Bud, Not Buddy show presented by Phantom Theater Group Set in Michigan during the 1930s, Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of 10-year-old Bud Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes, and his quest to find his father. Bud's journey sets him on the trail of a jazz band known as Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. A flier for one…

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Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

*TICKET SALES FOR THIS EVENT WILL OPEN ON DECEMBER 5 AT 10AM.* Step back in time as we travel through California’s early years, and let Knott's Berry Farm be your classroom for a day. This is a special day at Knott's Berry Farm geared towards 4th grade students studying California History, but all ages are welcome. There will be about 6 venues/presentations, mostly hands-on, that are optional to attend. You will be on your own schedule for presentations and rides.…

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LA’s Beginnings: Walking Tour of Downtown Los Angeles

February 22 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

*Tickets will become available on December 5th at 10am* Witness the transformation of Los Angeles from a pueblo into a world-class city by seeing the monuments that helped shape LA and learning how the city’s history continues to transform the City of Angels into a cultural icon. This 2 hour 1.5 mile walking field trip begins at Union Station and ends at Grand Central Market. On this guided tour we will explore the following: Union Station, El pueblo at Olvera…

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Docent-led tour of The Original Farmer’s Market on 3rd and Fairfax – LA

February 28 @ 9:50 am - 11:00 am

Ticket sales for this event begin on December 5th. Come join us on a 40-minute docent-led tour (for all ages) of The Original Farmer's Market at The Grove on Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles. Families are welcome and encouraged to stay and eat lunch together after the tour (you may bring your own lunch or purchase one from one of the many vendors). We will meet in front of the clock tower a little before 10:00. Parking is available…

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Chumash Indian Museum

March 2 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Tickets go on sale for this event on December 5th at 10am. Join us at the Chumash Indian Museum for a look at a historical site and living history center. The trip will include a tour of the museum, a nature hike through the grounds and the replica Chumash Village. The learners will also create a Chumash craft, learn songs and play traditional Chumash games. Pack a lunch and enjoy it at the outdoor picnic tables. If you want to…

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Lucy-Lou Mine Immersion at The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center

March 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ticket sales for this event will open on December 5, at 10am. Adventures in the Lucy-Lou Mine takes place in the Mining Camp and includes an emphasis on Gold Rush history. Students climb down into the Lucy-Lou Mine to learn about earthquakes, plate tectonics, rocks, minerals and mining in a fun, hands-on fashion. Be ready to GET DIRTY!  Parking- Must enter at Irvine Park and let the attendant know you are attending a field trip at The Irvine Ranch Outdoor…

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AstroCamp: 5th-8th grade

March 12 - March 14

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE FOR THIS EVENT DECEMBER 5 AT 10AM. We have an exciting learning opportunity for our 5-8th grade learners..... ASTROCAMP! Let your space explorer enjoy two nights in Idyllwild focusing on astronomy and space exploration. They will train like NASA astronauts, look into the cosmos through telescopes, and enjoy the many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs. The total cost per iLEAD learner is $225 and you can choose to pay out of pocket or pay…

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Past Field Trips

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Bob Baker Marionettes Field Trip

A group of iLEAD families attended the wonderful Bob Baker Marionette’s “Holiday on Strings” program on Dec. 12. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been performing classic shows in downtown Los Angeles since 1963. The “Holiday on Strings” program has… Read More

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Jan
America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College

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… Read More

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Jan
Wildlife Waystation

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…. Read More

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Field Trip Ticket Release: Tuesday, Dec. 5

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… Read More

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Nov
Upcoming January and February Field Trips!

Hello, Families! 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… Read More

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Nov
Our Day at Hart Park

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… Read More

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