| Feb 14, 2024
Sowing Seeds on Rainy Days
February has been off to a typically wet start here in Orange County. Much like the vital rain that has nourished the beloved outdoor places where we teach, Inside the Outdoors (ITO) has been nurturing the minds and spirits of our young learners, providing them with rich, educational experiences that sow the seeds of environmental stewardship and scientific curiosity.
Since the start of the 2023-2024 school year in September, over 25,000 students have taken part in Inside the Outdoors’ field trips and Traveling Scientist programs. Our adaptable Program and Field Naturalists have expertly navigated the recent wet conditions, turning every rain droplet into a learning opportunity.
So far this year, elementary students have investigated where our water comes from through our Drip Drop classroom programs, run in partnership with the Municipal Water District of Orange County. Meanwhile, second graders have explored one of Orange County’s most critical wetlands at the Upper Newport Bay, while sixth grade students have engineered water filtration devices to help protect our water at Irvine Regional Park.
Our dedication to fostering environmental literacy and passion for science has never been more evident. The rainy days have not dampened spirits but rather have highlighted the resilience and flexibility of our team and the eagerness of our students to learn, regardless of the weather.
Looking ahead, we are inspired by the promise of new growth that follows the rain. Next week, our team will pilot a new Amazing Animal Traveling Scientist program for third grade students. Developed in partnership with Orange County Water District, this new classroom program introduces young learners to the Prado Constructed Wetlands, which provides critical habitat for the endangered Least bell’s vireo.
We extend our deepest gratitude to you for standing with us through every season. Your support is the rainfall that nurtures the growth of Inside the Outdoors, allowing us to reach more students and make a deeper impact. We'd love for you to stay connected with us through Instagram to witness the beautiful blooms that your support brings forth.