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About Me & My Family

We like exploring nature and playgrounds wherever we go. We tend to avoid crowds and visit places that might be less well-known. We promote play on our FunOrangeCountyParks.com Play Blog (part community service, part travel agent).
Our Family's Travel Personality
curious, simple, independent, spontaneous, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
Yellowstone
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Yosemite National Park
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Mt. Rushmore
Websites I Like:
FunOrangeCountyParks.com

Environmental conservation for kids in Orange County

Seeing environmental conservation at work is a more effective teaching tool than reading about it in a textbook.  There are a number of places in Orange County that provide great lessons for kids.

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24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California

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The last time we visited there was a special exhibit about plastics in our oceans. It totally inspired them to reduce our plastic usage. They have a regular exhibit illustrating how urban runoff effects ocean habitats -- along with great summer camps and school programs.


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5380 3/4 University Dr
Irvine, California

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Take a tour and ask about their organic farming methods.


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1601 16th Street
Newport Beach, California

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Visit a LEED certified building and have the volunteer docent give you a short introduction to their green building. Then explore the grounds to discover drought resistant native plants. Books in their gift shop relate to many environment topics.


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2301 University Drive
Newport Beach, California

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Learn how wetlands are essential and how they act as a natural filter for coastal habitats. Explore the hands-on exhibits and spend lots of time in the kid-friendly classroom (as long as there are no classes in session).


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Riparian View
Irvine, California

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The ponds at the Wildlife Sanctuary are actually part of the water treatment plant - each pond has different levels of water and filters through on its way to the ocean. Also find all sorts of waterfowl, talk to docents about endangered species, and how conservation efforts can help the birds.



32701 Alipaz
San Juan Capistrano, California

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Located right next to South Coast Farms (organic farming). Open on the weekends to teach how you can make an ecological difference in your own home and backyard.



10844 Ellis Avenue
Fountain Valley, California

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Learn "the importance of wastewater treatment in protecting the public health and the environment." Tours last an hour and a half and are available by reservation for groups of children over 10.


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3842 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach, California

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Amigos de Bolsa Chica offer free/low cost public tours of the wetlands on the topics of marine ecosystems, endangered species, natural resources management, stewardship and water restoration. http://www.amigosdebolsachica.org/


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Orange County Fairgrounds
Costa Mesa, California

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Walk among the crops to discover the role agriculture plays in our lives.


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20612 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, California

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Part of the PMMC mission is to "promote stewardship for the health of our oceans through education." Groups can schedule tours and get lessons in the environmental hazards facing local marine life.


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33201 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, California

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Plant a native garden in your yard and attract local wildlife providing corridors for nature. Tree of Life offers all sorts of native plants for purchase.



16122 Construction Circle West
Irvine, California

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See what happens to recyclables once they come in off trucks (for school and community groups by reservation only).