In Southern California everything interesting is just about an hour away. In the desert, fun and interesting science discovery field trips abound. For High School students in Moreno Valley, California and the surrounding areas a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach to discover interesting facts about the Pacific Ocean and its ecosystem may be on order. Perhaps learning about Rocks and Geology or discovering Desert plants and animals by visiting the Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms could provide an exciting day of learning and adventure. Let’s discover a little bit about the many locations where learning can take place.
Aquarium of the Pacific
The Aquarium in Long Beach welcomes students from all over Southern California. The Pacific is the world’s largest ocean and students can discover creatures and habitats all the way from the frigid Northern Pacific down to the sunny and tropical Southern California coast and Baja. There are plenty of sights and sounds and even some creatures to touch. Prices are affordable and there are group rates available. The Aquarium is about 75 miles west of Moreno Valley and would be about an hour and 20 minutes to drive.
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is named for the trees which populate it; they are not indigenous to the region, discover how they arrived in Twentynine Palms. There is an extremely fascinating array of desert flora and fauna upon closer inspection, though. There is a cultural history that is both rich and intriguing, but the wild flowers, wildlife and rock formations are a real treat to behold. Plan your trip in time for the Spring Birding where birds to watch are in abundance. View the wildflowers in season for breathtaking views of the most beautiful colors the desert has to offer. The season for flowers is in late February. Who knew that a cactus could flower? From Moreno Valley to Twentynine Palms where the park is located, prepare to travel for about an hour and a half to the west.
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles is the perfect opportunity for students to discover the prehistory of Los Angeles as well as the rest of the world. Free for school tours, the museum is inviting students to learn all about fossils and dinosaurs and prehistoric fauna of all kinds. From pre Kindergarten to Grade 12, all ages will be able to enjoy the guided tours, interesting displays and dioramas and wealth of information there is to discover. Only about 67 miles east of Moreno Valley, this is a perfect destination for discovery.
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 763-DINO
La Brea Tar Pits
The la Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles is one of the World’s most famous historical locations. Students can explore the Los Angeles of 25 thousand years ago. There is a very rich history to discover about the Rancho La Brea area. Students can see paleontology in action as they watch scientists at work on real fossils through the laboratory with glass walls colloquially known as the “Fishbowl Lab”. If you’re Moreno Valley, CA students want to visit this fascinating prehistoric locale, plan a 70 mile trip to the west.
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-PAGE (7243)
Education & School Tours:
(323) 857-6300 ext. 111
The Griffith Observatory offers a plethora of information about the planet on which we live, the planets in our solar system, the solar system itself, the galaxy we’re in and even the universe which encompasses it. Watch in awe as the planetarium presents a magnificent and beautiful story of our universe and discover fun and interesting facts about other planets. How much do you weigh on Jupiter? A trip to the Griffith Observatory can tell you. Discover information about Tesla and about how the Camera Obscura and telescopes work. The Griffith Observatory is well worth the westward 70-mile trip from Moreno Valley.
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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