Many thanks to Wonder Sprouts at Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center for their paid sponsorship of this FunOrangeCountyParks.com directory listing.
Spend some quality time with your little ones in the great outdoors! Wonder Sprouts is an immersive program for families where play, discovery, and a little bit of dirt combine to make for an exciting outing. Come to the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and experience the outdoors together.
2018 Wonder Sprouts at Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center
Here are new classes for the 2018 SEASON. You can get a feel for the program by watching their Ladybug Day video.
Join us as we learn how human beings have used our native plants to make soap, rope, medicine and food. Come forage with us for good gifts hidden in the chaparral! Bring your little budding botanist each week to build your own family field guide to California native plants.
California Sagebrush Dreamin’
Friday, August 31 | 3-4:30 PM OR Monday, October 8 | 10-11:30 AM
Come make cowboy cologne! California sagebrush is the star of the day. We will learn how California sagebrush serves all creatures of the earth – from deodorant for humans to habitat for birds.
Prickly Pear Party
Friday, Sept 7 | 3-4:30 PM OR Monday, Sept 10 | 10-11:30 AM
If we remove all of the prickles we can have a dessert in the desert! Prickly pear fruit. Come join us as we learn how to make cactus fruit into a delicious treat. And keep watch – we may find the California Cactus wren who nests in the prickly pear cactus.
Laurel Sumac Victory
Friday, Sept 14 | 3-4:30 PM OR Monday, Sept 17 | 10-11:30 AM
Let’s learn about this cousin of cashews – the Laurel Sumac. The victorious laurel sumac rises from her own ashes! Learn how laurel sumac survives drought and fire and how it was used by the Kumeyaay people in San Diego. Laurel is an ancient symbol of victory – so today we shall create our victors crowns!
Yo yo yo – Yucca!
Friday, Sept 21 | 3-4:30 PM OR Monday, Sept 24 | 10-11:30 AM
Did you know that when you head into the chaparral you can stay fresh and clean with yucca soap? And if you need a belt you can use this plant for rope? Let’s learn all of the amazing ways that the Cahuilla people in Riverside county used yucca!
Herbs that Serve Us!
Friday, Sept 28 | 3-4:30 PM OR Monday, October 1 | 10-11:30 AM
White Sage, Yerba Santa and Mugwort – Come learn about these three amazing native plants that have helped humans treat everything from poison oak to sore throats! Today we will learn to make tea and take home herbal bundles.
Registration for FALL/SUMMER 2018 Ethnobotany Explorers at https://www.outdooreducationcenter.org/wondersprouts
My Oh My Oh – What a Biome!
What is a biome? Join us this fall and winter as we explore the living communities of planet Earth – from tropics to the tundra!
Tropical Rain Forest Party
Friday, November 2 | 3-4:30 PM OR Monday, November 5 | 10-11:30 AM
There is an explosion of flavor down at the Equator! Guava, mango, papaya, dragon fruit, sapote, and passion fruit! Join us for a tasty adventure that teaches us to savor the sweetness of biodiversity.
Friday, Nov 9 | 3-4:30 PM OR Monday, Nov 12 | 10-11:30 AM
The fertile soil of the North America’s prairies feeds hundreds of millions of people. Without the rich soil of grasslands we would not have an abundant Thanksgiving harvest. Today we will discover why our native prairies are important and how we can protect them.
Friday, Nov 16 | 3-4:30 PM OR Monday, Nov 19 | 10-11:30 AM
What makes the desert so unique? How have plants and animals adapted to this dry climate? Join us as we explore the dry homelands of reptiles, cactus wrens and succulents.
Show me the Chaparral!
Monday, November 26 | 10-11:30 AM OR Friday, Nov 30 | 3-4:30 PM
Home sweet home! Today we will explore our very own chaparral biome where the California gnatcatcher plays in the sage.
Falling for the Temperate Forest
Monday, Dec 3 | 10-11:30 AM OR Friday, Dec 7 | 3-4:30 PM
As we make our way south out of the snowy forest of the Taiga we enter a milder climate where we find a special kind of forest with leaves that fall. A Decidu – what? Deciduous!
Tundra and Taiga and Bears – Oh My!
Monday, Dec 10 | 10-11:30 AM OR Friday, Dec 14 | 3-4:30 PM
Burr! Welcome the Tundra! Today we will discover why it’s so icy at the top of the planet and begin to explore how climate shapes life on earth. Get ready for some icy experiments – and icy treats!
Register for FALL/WINTER 2018 My Oh My Oh – What a Biome at https://www.outdooreducationcenter.org/wondersprouts
Wonder Sprouts Backyard Safari and Tiny Kingdoms programs coming in 2019!
Sign Up for Wonder Sprouts Classes
- Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center inside Irvine Regional Park (Orange)
Ages: 3-6 years old
Adult/1 Child $15
Adult/2 Children $20
Adult/1 Child $75
Adult/2 Children $100
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Photos courtesy of Wonder Sprouts