at Oak Glen Preserve
Over 100,000 students have participated in the Oak Glen outdoor education program since its inception in 2002. Located in Oak Glen, nestled within the San Bernardino Mountains, this free program takes place on a two-mile nature trail on the Oak Glen Preserve. This trail meanders through an evergreen forest, past ponds that host migratory ducks in winter, and under a canopy of a deciduous black oak forest that opens onto a south-facing chaparral hillside. The return trail follows a willow shaded stream onto a boardwalk that is the home to a variety of butterflies when the wetlands are in bloom. Children will experience, within a small geographic area, ecosystems that were previously unknown to them.
The Outdoor Discovery Program is a five hour nature adventure field trip, at which each child will have a chance to learn, explore, and gain a new respect for nature while having fun.
Quality outdoor education experiences are offered with hands-on group activities for grades three through six. Below is a listing of a few of our activities used to achieve a range of learning outcomes closely related to the California Content Standards.
Third Grade Program
Students come to appreciate the Earth's place in the solar system, with activities that include the Earth's position, rotation, and orbit and the creation of time, days, and seasons. The importance of the Sun is explored with demonstrations and activities of reflection and absorption and how light is converted to heat. Other activities include adaptations in animals, micro habitats, pond explorations, and interpretation of daily discoveries.
Fourth Grade Program
Students will be able to distinguish between producers, consumers, and decomposers through a variety of activities that include Energy Pyramid and Food Chains. Bird Beak Adaptations offers students an understanding of how animals share habitats and adapt to changes in the environment. Earth changes are realized through activities relating to the rock cycle and classification, and human impact on the earth through exploration and discovery.
Fifth Grade Program
Students focus on our local source of water for quantity and quality using scientific equipment for pond assessments. Our local stream is also utilized as inspiration for creative expression. Plant structures and adaptations are realized through experiments, observations, activities, and a seed dispersal lab.
Sixth Grade Program - Available for Limited Dates
Through hands on activities, students learn how the Earth is constantly changing with folding, faulting, volcanism, plate tectonics, erosion, weathering, plant intrusions, and human impact. Students will also use a Mohs hardness scale to facilitate mineral classification. Other topics and seasonal activities include soil exploration and tree planting as part of the soil cycle. This program is available for limited dates in December, January and February.
All grade levels also include an Exploration and Conservation and Appreciation components with topics and activities pertaining to saving landscapes, how plants and animals are affected by loss of habitat, and enjoying nature's beauty wherever one may be.
Parks and trails are open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. During the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on weekdays, we use the trails as an outdoor classroom for school programs. The public is asked to pass program areas quietly and give "right-of-way" to student groups. For the safety of all, pets must be kept on a leash at all times and away from children.
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For More Information
For more information about TWC's Outdoor Education Programs at the Oak Glen Preserve, please contact:
Outdoor Education Director