Orange County Field Trips

If you know of any other field trips, please contact OC Homeschooling.

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$11 Whale Watching Cruise Fieldtrip Special for Homeschoolers

Year Round Whale Watching From Newport Beach-Newport Landing

Join us on one of our 2.5 hour whale watching cruises available year round departing from Newport Beach, Ca. The summer and fall months see the giant blue whales and finback whales and the winter and spring months the annual gray whale migration. Our $11 per person whale watching cruise fieldtrip rate makes it affordable for all to enjoy this amazing experience. The special rate is good for kids, teachers, and parents with any group size welcome and all cruise times are available for this offer.

Although our trips are called “whale watching” as this is the most recognizable title, our trips cover a complete marine ecosystem and a unique learning environment that many students are exposed to for the first time. The “experience” as we like to think of it, provides endless opportunities for learning and growth.

Our Whale Watching Experience includes:

  • A fieldtrip aboard one of our safe and insured vessels to view whales, dolphins, sea lions and marine birds.
  • Knowledgeable crew members on board the ship to give information and answer questions about the sightings, boat and other related inquiries.
  • Grade level appropriate curriculum packets that can be printed and used to brief students on what they may be seeing on their trip and how it connects with what they are studying (see links below).
  • Additional fun and educational activities available for teacher/student use.

Call (949) 675-0551 to reserve or email Randi Woodbury at randi@newportwhales.com for more information or help with anything you might need.

 

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Newport Sea Base
1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach
949-642-5031

The Newport Sea Base is a place where sunlight, sailboats, and sea lions are part of the day’s agenda.  With a commitment to developing character, our desire is to inspire a love for the marine environment in the hearts of youth.  Our hands-on environmental education program, Journey to the Ocean, will immerse your students in a fun-filled day of science activities while enjoying the wonders of the Newport Bay waterfront.  Your students will get to conduct water quality science experiments, enjoy a boat ride on one of our large pontoon boats to search for sea lions and shore birds, and discover a diverse and unique habitat under the dock that rises and falls with the tides.  Call our program coordinator at 949.642.5031 or go on our websitewww.newportseabase.org for pricing and scheduling details.  Appropriate for ages 8-12.  The program requires a minimum of 10 participants to book a program and can accommodate a maximum of 75.

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First String Inc.
If you are interested in whale watching, island expeditions, fishing trips, private charters, or on the water ocean life experiences please call (949) 498- 6149 for prices and information

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Gondola Adventures®, Inc.
Elisa Mohr
elisa@gondola.com
http://www.facebook.com/GondolaAdventures
My husband and I are homeschoolers and also run a gondola business in Newport Beach.  My husband is also President of the Gondola Society of America, and he loves teaching kids about gondolas and the history of gondolas in Venice.  We are available to take homeschooling groups on short tours in Newport harbor, with a talk before or after the gondola tour, along with a photo opportunity. The tour prices will vary depending on the group size.

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Santa Ana Zoo Tour
Enhance your students’ Zoo experience with curriculum that will support their continued interest in learning about animals and nature. With a growing variety of topics listed below, you’ll find teacher lesson plans for your classroom, and on-site field trip activities that can be done here at the Zoo.

Activities are available for before and after your visit along with on-site lesson plans if you wish to use them. Download and print any copies you are interested in. Cost is free.

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Orange County Red Cross
The YLC program trains youth as peer educators to inform their peers about disaster preparedness. As presenters, they speak on earthquake and home fire safety, having an earthquake kit and general disaster preparation. Presentations are conducted during the school day as well as after school. To become involved with YLC, you must attend a training and quarterly reviews. Training is hosted twice a year (late fall and spring) at the Orange County Chapter office.

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Corona del Mar Tidepools
Committed to providing safe, educational and fun tours in the Little Corona intertidal zone. LBMI works with hundreds of schools, colleges and community groups throughout the Southwest United States. If you’re looking for something really unique to do with your club, church, community center or school group, check out these great group packages. Individuals are welcome to participate along with groups on any of our pre-registered events. Just give us a call at (562) 431-7156 and tell us what program you’d like to join!

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Sherman Library and Gardens
Sherman Library & Gardens is a 2.2 acre Corona del Mar horticultural retreat. The Gardens provide a museum of living plants, displayed amidst a setting of immaculate gardens, patios and conservatories linked together by wide brick walkways, beds blooming with seasonal flowers and bubbling tile fountains. The Library is a specialized research center devoted to the study of the Pacific Southwest.

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Magnolia Bird Farm
8990 Cerritos Ave, Anaheim, 714-527-3387
Yes, we are a retail company, where you can find everything you need for your bird–from food to toys. However, the Magnolia Bird Farm facilities are fun and educational places to tour. We offer free tours for groups between ten and twenty-five.

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Tessman Planetarium
We are now also scheduling shows for the summer. Perfect for summer school programs, camps, YMCA, boys and girls clubs, and senior groups.

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Santiago Oaks Nature Center
Lying peacefully in east Orange alongside the Santiago Creek, the 1,758-acre Santiago Oaks Regional park is a nature lover’s paradise. This secluded refuge offers hikers, bikers and equestrians the natural charm of mountain vistas, an orange grove, a meandering creek and a mature forest of many different species of trees. Wildlife abounds and a series of interconnecting trails leads through shady groves and to a lookout that features an awe-inspiring view of Orange and the surrounding foothills.

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Shipley Nature Center
Shipley Nature Center is an 18-acre natural area located in Huntington Beach, California. Situated within Huntington Central Park, the nature center is not only a sanctuary for the local wildlife, but it is also a haven for the residents and visitors of Orange County.

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San Juan Capistrano Mission
Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano historic landmark and museum. The whole family will enjoy budget-friendly activities, experiencing culture and history in many ways- from audio tours to educational tour booklets, fun exhibits and historical re-enactments.

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Centennial Farm
Centennial Farm is a three-acre working farm at the OC Fair & Event Center created to educate youth about agriculture and its importance to daily life. The Farm is home to fruit and vegetable gardens, livestock, and the Millennium Barn. Children and adults can view pigs, chickens, cattle, goats and more while strolling though gardens of lush vegetation. We do ask that you please do not pick our crops as they are used for educational purposes. Centennial Farm offers tours as well as general public hours.

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Friends of the Sea Lion Shelter
20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach 92651
(949) 494-3050

We welcome groups of 6-35 people to experience our marine mammal rehabilitation facility first-hand. Fieldtrips include a guided tour of the animal care facility, a slide show presentation of the typical animals and medical conditions we treat, and an opportunity to visit the current patients being rehabilitated in our outdoor pools.

Program Fee: $25 confirmation fee to hold your date and time, plus $5 per person on the day of your visit. Please note that the $25 confirmation fee is non-refundable.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, presents a wide variety of the most significant national and international productions of music, dance and theater to the people of Southern California.  It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages and offering unsurpassed experiences, engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and an array of inspiring programs.

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Fullerton Arboretum
Welcome to the garden dedicated to kids and kids at heart! This is the place to touch, listen, look, smell and play. Completed in September 2010, our newly designed Children’s Garden is the result of the collaborative work of many of our staff members and volunteers. We invite you to use your 5 senses and explore.

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Doheny State Beach Interpretive Center
The interpretive staff at Doheny State Beach is committed to working with visitors by offering alternative outings in the park.   These programs can be customized to fulfill curriculum-based learning objectives for school field outings and special groups.  These presentations are a wonderful opportunity for children to get a hands-on learning experience in the greatest classroom…outdoors!!

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Discovery Science Center
a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs.

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Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
Each year, Tucker provides tours to thousands of visitors via group or school tours. Tours include a hike through local plant and animal habitat during which participants will learn about the plants and animals native to the area.

They’ll visit the natural history museum for an educational visit and the bird observation deck where they’ll learn a bit about our feathered visitors and bird-watching techniques.

The tours are scheduled in advance Tuesday through Friday and the curriculum content is based on the California Education Standards for grades K-12.

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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Partner with the Department of Fish & Game in expanding volunteer programs for clean up, maintenance, information, and visitor services.

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Heritage Museum of Orange County
Home of the Kellogg House
Phone: 714-540-0404 x222
E-mail: programs@heritagemuseumoc.org
3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana
Play with Victorian toys, dress up in old clothes, hand wash clothes, make butter, eat oranges, etc. A hands-on tour of the historic 1898 Kellogg house. Students learn what life was like in the 1890s by playing with vintage toys, doing laundry, making butter, dressing up in Victorian costumes, and participating in other activities. The Kellogg House was designed by Hiram Clay Kellogg and was built in 1898 and was moved to the Museum grounds in 1981. It is now used for hands-on educational programs that serve nearly 20,000 school children each year.

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Audubon California, Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Starr Ranch Field Ecology Programs
Email: sdesimone@audubon.org
100 Bell Canyon Rd., Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
(949) 858-0309
Wildlife ecology field trips! All programs can be tailored to fit group needs. Please call Sandy DeSimone to discuss options.

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Modjeska Historic House & Gardens
29042 Modjeska Canyon Road, Modjeska Canyon
(949) 855-2028
Arden the Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens is the century old home of Helena Modjeska and is located in a live oak grove on the banks of Santiago Creek in Modjeska Canyon. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

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Orange County Marine Life Refuges
Dedicated to protecting and preserving these areas as well as educating the public about the marine life and how they can help and get involved in the efforts.

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Westminster Museum/Historical Park
8612 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 891-2597

Anyone interested in the everyday life of Westminster residents in the 19th and early 20th century need look no further than the Blakey Historical Park and Museum. Exhibits include the McCoy-Hare House, which served as the community’s first drugstore, built in 1874. The fully restored and furnished 1915 Warne farmhouse with its barn and windmill is another major attraction. The park is operated by the Westminster Historical Society. Special arrangements for guided tours are available.

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Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
The Museum has had a formal education program in place since 1997. The Museum maintains and builds excellent relationships with teachers and students in several southern California school districts. When possible, programs are themed around the lives of seafarers and marine scientists and the demonstration of their historical and current skills and technologies.

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MODEL ROCKETRY CLASSES
They come to your group. Perfect for all beginning and intermediate level modelers. Learn how model rockets are built and flown safely! Each student will build his or her own model rocket — yours to keep and launch over and over. Call (714) 529-1598 or mebowitz@earthlink.net

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Knott’s Adventures in Education
Knott’s Berry Farm is a human adventure, created for people of all ages. They salute the lure and lore of California and the West. They celebrate the cultures, traditions and unique spirit of the extraordinary American Experience. For over 50 years Knott’s has been different – and the difference is Real. Adventures In Education can open your mind, expand your spirit and, perhaps, even touch your heart.

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The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center and The Marine Studies Center
School tours, patch programs, shark camps, canoe tours, campfires and walking tours.

 

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Clipper Ship “LYNX”
Defense of Freedom, a non-profit foundation, operates a 122-foot tall-ship in Newport harbor. The entire focus is children and teaching students American History in an enjoyable, interactive way. They can offer a 3-hour sailing outing or a CA state standards based class. Both are very affordable and fun for all. The wonderful interactive 3-hour sailing program teaches American History and what it was like to be a sailor in 19th century America. Children of all ages enjoy taking part in raising sails, steering the ship and watching the crew fire the cannons. At $30.00 per person, it’s a real bargain. Phone Number: 949 723 7814

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Field Trip Factory
Free Field Trips at several locations.

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Theatre for Teens at La Mirada Theatre
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638
Phone Number: 714.690.2900
La Mirada Theatre’s teen theatre series, produced by Phantom Projects Educational Theatre Groups, presents plays performed for teens and their parents in special AM and PM performances.

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Earthroots Field School
By Jodi Levine
Jodi teaches experiential outdoor classes that bring children closer to the rhythms of the earth while encouraging a sense of connection. Classes such as wild, edible and medicinal plant hikes, gardening at South Laguna Village Garden, candle-making using beeswax, tidepool/marine biology field trips in Laguna Beach and natural fiber basket and rope-making. Jodi has been working (playing) with students outside the classroom for 5 years. In addition to teaching homeschool classes, she teaches elementary school gardening at the Anneliese School in Laguna Beach three afternoons a week. (949) 400-3340 jodilevine@onebox.com

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La Habra Children’s Museum
Come experience our galleries with hands on learning experiences that encourage creative exploration, discovery and inventiveness to increase student achievement, inspire critical thinking and curiosity.

Whether your students are exploring our playscapes, enthralled in a facilitated program or expanding their knowledge through one of our Outreach Programs, the Children’s Museum at La Habra’s educational programs support the California Performance Standards and enhance your classroom curriculum and visit. We hope the Education Resource site provides you with additional museum information, classroom curriculum ideas and new and creative activities to bridge the museum and classroom.

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Bowers Museum
1802 N. Main Street, Santa Ana
For students to experience a hands-on version of the Bowers geared toward early elementary classes.

Our thematic areas are filled with multicultural treasures that can be touched and played, including musical instruments, costumes, toys, games, and masks. The Activity Tours are ideal for younger school-aged children but can span up to 3rd or 4th grade. Teachers and chaperones are encouraged and expected to participate in group activities and help the children gently explore everything in our environment.

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Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Inside the Outdoors
Students move out of the classroom and into the real world of science and social science in each of the field trips.

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Zoomars
Petting Zoo and Bird Park

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Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center
18381 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach
(714) 848-6565
A public boarding facility with trail rides available to the public. Located right next to Central Park, they love to have children and adults of all ages come out and visit.

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Environmental Nature Center
1601 16th St., Newport Beach
949-645-8489
We have 3.5 acres of what was once a litter-filled gully behind Newport Harbor High School. Today, it is a fascinating combination of 14 California native plant communities (ranging from a desert, to an oak woodland, to a fresh water marsh, to a redwood forest), wildlife habitats and walking trails. For over 30 years, the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life’s pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. The ENC serves over 15,000 students and thousands of visitors each year. The ENC is recognized as a leader in education providing opportunities for increasing our community’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Homeschool mom Vicki Giansante said, “Rainbow Kids had a wonderful field trip to The Environmental Nature Center. They were very flexible with our wide span of ages, from 1 to 17, and everyone got to be a field biologist for the day.”

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Orange County Zoo
The Orange County Zoo is located inside beautiful Irvine Park in the city of Orange. The Zoo is nestled among the majestic 477 acre wilderness park.

The Zoo’s focus is on animals and plants native to the southwestern United States. Animals on exhibit include black bears, mountain lions, bald eagle, island foxes, ocelot, red-tailed hawk, great horned owls, porcupine, coyotes, turkey vultures, coati and more. The zoo also features a barnyard with domestic goats, cheviot sheep, jacob sheep, pot-bellied pigs, doves and pheasants.

Orange County Zoo – Admission Fee:
$2.00 per person ages 3 years and over; Ages 2 years and under are free

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Planetary Science Program
“Journey through the Solar System”
A Science Education Field Trip for 3rd through 6th Grade Students and Multiple-Grade Home School Groups.
Location: 30121 Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
phone: 949-495-4949 – e-mail: psprogram@sbcglobal.net
The fee per student is $7 with a daily group minimum of $210

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Back to Natives Restoration
Back to Natives has developed a series of Schoolyard Habitat Garden programs for Kindergarten through 6th Grade. Each program covers state standards by introducing children to the wonder of nature, earth systems and California native plants. By using hands on interaction with plants and soil, children learn of the interconnection between plants and animals, and ultimately how humans are dependent on both. Educational programs on hold for further funding.

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Rev. Gary Beard’s Federal House
In Tustin
Rev. Gary Beard (known to many as a George Washington re-enactor) has graciously transformed a portion of his home into a hands-on history museum. His mission is to show this space to as many school aged children as possible. Rev. Beard has brought together many artifacts of our country’s history into one beautiful space. He has items such as books, original coins, and a collection of clothing that are over 100 years old. Although he has left these items out for all children to see and touch, the items should be held with the utmost care. Call Rev. Beard and set-up an opportunity to experience all of this for yourself: (714) 544 6635. Rev. Beard is happy to accept donations so that he can further his collection. More information at B.E.E. Events.

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MUZEO
In Anaheim
The MUZEO is centrally located in Orange County, California that is readily accessible by freeway from San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles Counties. The MUZEO engages the community by exploring and celebrating our diverse heritage, culture and arts through creative programming. The MUZEO hosts three traveling exhibitions per year which would otherwise not be displayed in the region. Every exhibit is enhanced with special programs, events and activities. You don’t want to miss a moment of them.

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Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruise
309 Palm Street, Suite A, Newport Beach, 949-675-0551
Providing whale watching cruises to school groups for over 20 years. It is always a wonderful experience for the kids with so many new experiences from being on the ocean to experiencing nature up close. School rates are for any school related trip. With year around whale watching each season brings different whales. From giant blue whales to the popular grey whale migration. The Nautical Museum has a neat Whale Of A Day program that compliments the whale watdhing experience.

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Theatre for Young Audiences at South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
School-time performances for the Theatre for Young Audiences series are offered to student groups at a special ticket price of $7 each. These shows are appropriate for grades K-6.

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Side Street
Alternate Routes is Side Street Projects’ creative woodworking program for kids age 5 to 11. Since 1997, Alternate Routes has brought the lost art of woodworking to literally thousands of children throughout LA County. Alternate Routes’ goal is to teach children how to use tools safely, effectively and (ultimately) independent of adult assistance. Classes are held in brightly colored mobile classrooms: renovated transit buses that house 10 woodworking stations custom made for children. Each station is equipped with hand tools, adjustable workbenches, supplies and materials: everything needed to create a multitude of woodworking projects. There are two artist-teachers per bus, providing an impressive 5:1 student/teacher ratio at all times.

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Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari
Bring the kids and get up-close and personal with herds of dolphin up to 5,000 strong, migrating Gray Whales (Jan.-Apr.) and migrating Blue Whales (June – Oct.). Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari in Dana Point will take you aboard a hi-tech catamaran sailboat for an educational and exciting experience where you’ll get a chance to get within arm’s reach of dolphin herds. See and hear the animals, too, with an underwater camera and hydrophone while an experienced marine naturalist explains how these animals live. Homemade triple fudge brownies are served. Departures daily at 10:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. Fare: $55; ages 3-11, $35. Mention you are a homeschooling family (Capt. Dave and his wife, Gisele are too!) for a 20% discount Monday through Friday. Two and under is free. Telephone reservations are required. Phone (949)488-2828.

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Dana Wharf Whale Watching
34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point
(949) 496-5794
Dana Wharf is a family owned and operated business in Dana Point Harbor that has been bringing high quality family fun at the lowest price since 1957! They offer HUGE discounts for groups and have provided both private charters as well as group discounts for many local home school groups. Take advantage of half price Tuesdays and your group can go for as low as $14.50 per person! Dana Warf is happy to customize the experience for your group and work within your budget. Their state of the art vessels include the 95′ Dana Pride built in 2002 and the brand new 65′ Ocean Adventures catamaran. The whale watching season runs all year round! We see Gray Whales November – April and Blue Whales May – October. We also see over 5 different kinds of dolphin! Call (949) 496-5794 x 11 and they’ll be happy to arrange your field trip!

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Goodwill Industries
Field trips for high schoolers. We’d like to personally show you how Goodwill changes lives. Twice monthly, we offer a complimentary, hassle-free tour of our operation called ‘The Real Goodwill’. If you want to see happy people at work, come join our tour. It’s an amazing, eye-opening view into our remarkable world.


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