The mysterious world of fossils is now available for school-aged children to explore and discover on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. The Irvine Ranch Conservancy partners with the Discovery Science Center for a program that gets students out of the classroom and into the great outdoors for a hands-on learning experience. The goal is to help children discover the world of geology and the ecology of the past and how our world has changed over time. This special project encourages children to get their hands dirty as they excavate for fossil replicas and learn the importance of the natural wonders right in their back yards.
Using learning stations and role-play activities, Fossil Safari reinforces California Science Content Standards for grades K-5th. The program introduces students to the Natural Landmarks, different types of fossils that have been found there, and prehistoric predator-prey relationships. Students experience a day in the life of a paleontologist and take home their own fossil imprint as a keepsake. Interested groups should call Discovery Science Center at 714-913-5030.