Educational: Irvine Park Railroad’s Fourth Grade California History Education Program | @IrvineParkRR

I’ve got the 411 on this year’s Fourth Grade California History Education Program!

Photo Courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad.

Take a trip back in time with Irvine Park Railroad’s 2014 Fourth Grade California History Education Program. This fun program – created by teachers, for teachers – is a hands-on learning experience and meets the State of California curriculum requirements for fourth grade history/social science. Parents and kids can experience this fun-filled field trip on their public day, Saturday, March 8th! (Reservations required).

Photo Courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad.

The program features six stations:

  • Train Rides: The train takes both children and adults on a trip through beautiful and scenic Irvine Regional Park. The train ride is narrated by the engineer and passengers will learn about the history of California and the transcontinental railroad.
  • Miner’s Shaft: Visitors will have fun as they explore the depths of the mine shaft constructed for the 4th grade education field trip program. Visitors will also be able to see the types of tools used to dig and navigate through the mines.
  • Panning for Gold: A favorite event for all Irvine Park Railroad visitors, both children and adults will experience panning for gold using a working water trough. While panning, visitors will be educated on tools used to pan, the rush in economy and population growth in California.
  • Miner’s Camp: All visitors will experience a fun and real life demonstration given by a “49er” on life during the gold rush. This camp has all of the daily tools and equipment used during life in the 1840s. Visitors will have fun – as the miners did – as you rope “cattle” and learn games that helped pass time for the miners.
  • Water Wheel Demonstration: The water wheel demonstration is a true-to-life replica of a water wheel. Enjoy the water wheel and learn the importance of water during the gold rush.
  • Wagons, Buggies & Transportation: This portion of the program includes routes that settlers took to get to California from all directions and the lives they led while making the cross-country journey. A 4th grade history field trip presentation will be made on important California history leaders including James Beckworth, John Bidwell, John C. Fremont and others.
Photo Courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad.
Irvine Park Railroad
(located inside of Irvine Regional Park)
1 Irvine Park Road,
Orange, CA
(714) 997-3968
Opens daily at 10:00 AM
$5.00 per vehicle
Irvine Park Railroad is now accepting reservations to participate in this program on the following dates:

Public Day
Saturday, March 8th
(10:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 3:00)

The cost for this program is $14.00 per person. Reservations must be made in advance by calling Irvine Park Railroad at (714) 997-3968.

Note: Coupons, discounts and/or any other promotions are not valid for the Fourth Grade California History Education Program.

Other Activities include:
  • Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park bike and paddle boat rentals,
  • Pony rides, and
  • the Orange County Zoo.

Irvine Park Railroad is open year round (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Annual events include the Easter Eggstravaganza, Anniversary Celebration, Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Train.

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