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Orange County Field Trips

The following are just some of the Science and Nature field trips available around Orange County. We will update this page from time to time. If you stumble upon any cool field trips, please let us know and we'll add them to our list.
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Santa Ana Zoo

1801 Chestnut, Santa Ana
Observe over 90 species of animals. Ride the Zoofari Express and elephants on weekends. Open daily from 10am to 4 pm during the summer. Free admission on the third Sunday of each month for Santa Ana residents.

Adults (age 13+): $10.00
Seniors (age 60+) and Children (age 3-12): $7.00
Under 3: Free
Group reservations: 714-647-6568.
General Information: 714-836-4000 http://www.santaanazoo.org/
 

Orange County Zoo

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange
Located in Santiago Canyon inside of the Irvine Regional Park, the OC Zoo offers 90 minute group tours. Although tours are not available on Sundays and Mondays, the park is open to the public from 10 am to 3:30 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 4:30 pm on weekends.
 
Tours: Everyone: $3
General Admission: 3 and Up: $2.00
2 years and under: Free   For Tours: (714)973-6846   http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
 
Entry Fee for Irvine Regional Park:
$3.00 per vehicle weekdays
$5.00 per vehicle weekends
(Entry fees change during major holidays)
 

Discovery Science Center

2500 North Main Street, Santa Ana
See a giant dinosaur, a delta rocket and 120 hands-on exhibits. Grade level specific programs available.
 
Print admission tickets from your own pc.
Adults: $17.95
Children and seniors: $12.95
10 am to 5 pm Mon-Sat, 11 am to 5 pm Sun
714-542-2823      http://www.discoverycube.org/
 

Environmental Nature Center

1601 Sixteenth Street, Newport Beach
Educational "habitat" for studying California's natural resources and wild places. 
Many hands-on programs, including Nature Changes, Eco-Explorers, Nature Scene Investigators, Earth Connections, etc.
Programs for Scouts. Plus a summer nature camp. All sorts of exciting programs for all ages, including kindergarteners.
 
Prices and schedules vary with programs.
(949)-645-8489      http://www.encenter.org/
 

Bowers Museum/Kidseum

Bowers Museum: 2002 N.Main St., Santa Ana        www.bowers.org/
Kidseum: 1802 N.Main St., Santa Ana
Explore art and cultural activities at the Bowers Museum.
The Kidseum encourages imagination and creativity. Programs for K through 12. Excellent programs for K to 3 in particular.
 
10 am - 4 pm Tues - Sun
Adults: $12
Seniors (62 +),
Students and Children 6-17: $9
Children under 6: Free
Free to Santa Ana residents on the first Sunday and third Tuesday of every month.
 

Starr Ranch Sanctuary

100 Bell Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon
Starr Ranch Sanctuary is a 4,000 acre preserve that is operated by the National Audubon Society. It is located between Rancho Santa Margarita and San Juan Capistrano. Reserved tours only; make sure you call first. The Ranch offers ecology, biology and nature workshops for students.
 
(949) 858-0309.
Go to:  www.starrranch.org   and click on “How to visit Starr ranch” for more information:
 

Irvine Wilderness Ranch

Many events, trails and programs are available at this immense 40,000 acre wilderness area.
For more information and a full list of programs, go to:  www.irlandmarks.org/  and click on "Activities and Programs."
 

La Habra Children's Museum

The Children's Museum at La Habra was one of the first children's museum to open on the west coast.  Dinosaurs, a 1942 caboose and lots of fun, hands-on exhibits.
 
Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
$7.00 per person ($6 dollars for La Habra residents). 
90 minute guided tours.
Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more, and must be made at least two weeks in advance.
 
 Call (562) 905-9793 for more information   http://www.lahabracity.com
 

Whale Watching

Dana Point

Blue Whale Watching Trips
Trips depart daily   5:00pm - 7:00pm
**Times may vary. Please call or look online to verify times.
Adults - $32
Kids (3-12) - $19        http://www.zerve.com/DanaWharf/Whales/Calendar
 

Newport Beach

Newport Landing Sport fishing
309 Palm - Suite A - Newport Beach CA. 92661
Call (949) 675-0551 for reservations        
 

Find out about OC Nature Preserves

http://www.ocexplorer.com/ocexplorer-orange-county-wildlife-sanctuaries-preserves.htm

Find out about OC Hiking Trails

http://www.hike-oc.com/orange_county_trails.html

Disclaimer: The Tessmann Planetarium and Santa Ana College are not associated with any of the above programs and are in no way endorsing them. Please use your own judgment as to the suitability and safety of these programs for your group.

Tessmann Planetarium

17th St. & Bristol St., on the campus of Santa Ana College
We present stimulating and insightful trips through the universe during our summer and year-round shows.
 
Everyone: $6 weekdays, $7 Saturdays. Can You See in the Dark? (Kindergarten and  1st Grade show) $3
Call 714-564-6356 for show times; by reservation only.
 

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