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Register your classroom for a virtual fieldtrip today!  Sessions are offered across K-12 grade levels.  

Interested in a session that is not provided in your classroom’s grade level? Register anyways! Sessions are easy to follow and can be adapted to any grade and classroom. 

Don’t forget! Download the listed Educator Resources for each individual session. Explore a complete list of workshop materials, step-by-step activity procedures, suggested reading materials, and extended learning recommendations. Use these resources to scaffold learning for your class!

Prepare materials in advance for your classroom to allow students to follow-along to a live presentation or have students observe the workshop demonstration and try the activity later as part of a classroom or at-home activity. 

Spring 2022 Virtual Fieldtrips 

 K-3 GRADE VIRTUAL TOURS

♦ National Farmworker Awareness Week & César Chávez Day – Agricultural Methods: Chinampas
Today in the United States, most farms grow single crops on a large scale. This system of farming has negative effects on the earth and on farm workers, resulting in the harmful use of pesticides and abuses on farmworkers to produce large harvests for profit. What are other agricultural methods?  Students will explore the Mesoamerican agricultural method known as chinampas, farming lands built on freshwater lakes, used by the Aztecs to cultivate multiple crops in one place. 

Workshop: Can you create an unsinkable garden? Try it out! Students will use their STEAM abilities to learn about floating materials to design and build their own mini chinampa to grow bean sprouts. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, March 21, 2022 at 10am.  

♦ Día de los Niños – How to Explore a Garden 
Take a look around! Notice any gardens in your community? Gardens come in difference shapes and sizes. Learn how to properly enter a green space, treat plants and animals with respect, and observe nature around you.  

Workshop: What do you see? Gardens can be so entertaining! Students will watch how to explore a garden, learn how to document their observations by writing and drawing, and how to look out for key features in gardens and other green spaces. Have students watch this live demonstration and practice this activity as part of classroom or homework activity. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 1pm.  
Register to view on Zoom on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 10am. CANCELED
Register to view on Zoom on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 1pm.  
CANCELED 

Cinco de Mayo – Rain and Rain Gods: Create your own Rain Stick 
Did you know that on May 5, 1862, during the Battle of Puebla, heavy rains hit Mexican and French soldiers on the battlefield? Learn about rain and its importance! Students will learn about Aztec and Maya rain gods, while exploring how rain and water are an essential element for plant growth. 

Workshop: Rain, rain, come again! Students will create their own rain sticks that mimic the sound of a rainstorm. It is believed that the Maya would make rain sticks to call the rain god and encourage rainfall especially during droughts. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 1pm.  
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 1pm.   

Culinary Arts – Vegetarian Nachos with Butternut Squash 
CRUNCH! Nachos are a perfect anytime snack! Did you know you can substitute certain ingredients in your favorite nacho recipe with healthy vegetarian options? Students will explore vegetarian ingredients and how they can be included in recipes to make healthier food choices. 

Workshop: Recreate an all-time favorite snack using vegetarian ingredients. Students will learn how to make vegetarian nachos using butternut squash! Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration.  

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 1pm.   

Calle Principal: Repertorio Musical Mexicano 
1, 2, 3, hit it! What kind of music do you like?  Learn about the Repertorio Musical Mexicano, a music store from the 1920’s, and how it became the center for Mexican regional music and one of the connecting links between mexicanos in Los Angeles and in Mexico. 

Workshop: Did you know that songs can tell stories?  Students will explore the basic composition of a corrido, a type of song that tells a story. Students will listen to examples of corridos from the 1920s and will become musicians themselves by learning how to write their own corrido! Prepare materials in advance and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: Coming soon!
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 10am. CANCELED 
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 1pm. CANCELED 

Edible Teaching Garden – One of the sisters: Calabacita 
Better together! Did you know that there are three plants that thrive when planted together? Squash, beans, and corn are known as the Three Sisters in the gardening world. When planted together these plants ensure a successful harvest! Students will learn how the Three Sisters support a perfect environment for each other and dive into the plant anatomy, cultivation, and health benefits of the calabacita (Mexican squash). 

Workshop: How does a plant grow from a tiny seed? Learn about germination and how a seed sprouts, transforms into a seedling, and then into a plant. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 1pm.  

Calle Principal: Librería Lozano 
Extra, extra read all about it! How do you get your news today? Travel back in time with us to Calle Principal during the 1920’s to learn about the Lozano Family and the impact they had on Spanish-language news in the city of Los Angeles. 

Workshop: What is a journalist and how do they write news stories? Students will become journalists and document community history by interviewing a person in their community. Students will learn how to map out basic interview questions and how to record interview information.  

Classroom Resources: Coming soon!
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 1pm.  

4-6 GRADE VIRTUAL TOURS

National Farmworker Awareness Week & César Chávez Day – !Sí, se puede! Organic Collage
Yes, we can! !Sí, se puede! Students will learn about the formation of the United Farm Workers (UFW), its leading activists who worked to create change, and activists today who continue to fight against social injustices. 

Workshop: Change makers are all around us! Explore the work of activists Dolores Huerta, Larry Itilong, and others who advocated for farmworker rights. Students will be encouraged to explore other social justice causes and activists working to fight for change and will use this information to create an organic art collage to inspire others! Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration.  

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 10am.  

National Farmworker Awareness Week & sar Chávez Day  – Farm Workers Fruit Salad 
Who harvests the foods we eat? Explore the history, contributions, and perseverance of farmworkers while making a healthy fruit salad. 

Workshop: Farmworkers face harsh working conditions. Honor their contributions learning how to make a healthy Farm Workers Fruit Salad with Agave Lime Chia Dressing. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 1pm.  

Día de los Niños – Codices: Food Memories and Traditions 
Food reflects our histories, families, cultures, identities, and so much more! Food traditions are recorded and shared across generations through many ways. Students will examine Mesoamerican codices and explore food traditions practiced by the Aztecs, while thinking of their own cultural and family traditions.  

Workshop: Food plays a very big role in our homes, families, and celebrations. Learn about food traditions recorded in both Aztec codices and in books today! Students will listen to a reading of Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza and explore pages from Aztec codices. Students will make a codex to document favorite food memories, information about their ancestral countries, and descriptions of their own unique family traditions. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration.  

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 1pm. 
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 1pm.   

Cinco de Mayo – Sensory Exploration: Spices in la Cocina Mexicana 
¡Amarillo, verde, y rojo! Moles come is different colors and flavors! They also differ by region! Students will explore the immense flavors and aromas of spices in Mexican cuisine. Join us as we dive deep into a sensory exploration of three key spices used in Puebla’s traditional mole recipe.   

Workshop: Mole poblano, Puebla’s signature dish uses a combination of species and ingredients, that when combined, creates a flavorful dish. Students will utilize their five senses to explore 3 ingredients in this traditional recipe. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 1pm. 
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 1pm.  

LA Troka – Milpa: Corn, Beans, and Mexican Squash 
Did you know that there are three plants that thrive when planted together? Known as companion planting or milpa, the interconnected growing of corn, beans, and squash played a collective importance for both the land and people of Mesoamerica. Students will explore the milpa system and the scientific, ecological, and nutritional benefits of this ancient intercropping system.  

Workshop: Make your own milpa! Students will reflect on their exploration of the milpa planting system by recreating their own mini version. Using corn husks, beans, and corn kernels students will artistically interpret the relationship between corn, beans, and squash. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration.  

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 1pm. 
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 1pm. 
Register to view on Zoom on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 10am.  

Culinary Arts – Sensory Exploration: Chayote (Pear Squash) 
Touch, smell, taste, see, and hear! Use your five senses in the kitchen! Observe how to use the five senses to explore the texture and flavor of chayote (pear squash). Learn about the health benefits and nutritional value of this ingredient and how it is used in a variety of Mexican-inspired recipes.  

Workshop: Salsas are the perfect topping to many dishes! Students will watch how to make a chayote-orange salsa. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: Coming soon!
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 1pm.  

Edible Teaching Garden – Vermicomposting 
Did you know worms help make gardening soil healthy? Students will learn the basic process of vermicomposting (composting with worms), while learning about an earthworm’s anatomy, diet, habitat, and contributions to soil. 

Workshop: Let’s get our hands dirty! Students will observe a demonstration of how to make a healthy vegan worm meal to feed worms. Students will design their own poster to advocate for vermicomposting in their community. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: Coming soon!
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 1pm.  

7-8 GRADE VIRTUAL TOURS: 

Culinary Arts – Mexican Symbols: El Nopal 
Did you know nopales (cacti) are important to Mexican history, culture, and cuisine? Explore this ingredient with us! Students will analyze the nutritional value and health benefits of cactus in Mexican-inspired cooking while learning how to make a healthy recipe. 

Workshop: Diced, grilled, boiled, or raw!  There are so many ways to eat nopales! Students will learn how to make Ensalada de Nopalitos (Diced Cactus Salad).  Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 10am.   

National Farmworker Awareness Week & César Chávez Day – Farm Workers Fruit Salad 
Who harvests the foods we eat? Explore the history, contributions, and perseverance of farmworkers while making a healthy fruit salad. 

Workshop: Farmworkers face harsh working conditions. Honor their contributions learning how to make a healthy Farm Workers Fruit Salad with Agave Lime Chia Dressing. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: click here
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 10am.  

LA Starts Here! – Dolores Huerta   
¡Si, Se Puede! Yes, we can! Dolores Huerta shouted this slogan in the midst of the fight for farm worker rights. Students will learn about the life of this labor and civil rights activist and her continued influence on Latino communities today.   

Workshop: ¡Viva la causa! Long live the cause! What is a cause that is important to you? Students will explore social justice causes, relevant slogans, and symbols used to bring attention to movements for social justice. Students will design their own protest poster using symbols and text to communicate their message. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 1pm. 

Día de los Niños – Comic Book Sequence 
BOOM! POW! ACTION! Comic books interconnect art and literacy. Students will explore the history of comic books and explore the parts of a story (beginning, middle, and end). 

Workshop: Imagine yourself as the superhero in a comic book! Students will use their imagination to create a comic strip that places them in the middle of a sequence of events.  

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 1pm.
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 1pm. 

Cinco de Mayo – Cactus Planting 
OUCH! Watch out for the espinas (spines)! Did you know the prickly pear cactus is native to Mexico and important to Mexican history? Today it is planted, grown, and consumed throughout the world. Students will learn about the historical significance of the prickly pear cactus to Mexico, where indigenous groups throughout the nation consumed it abundantly from the wild. 

Workshop: Did you know a cactus pad cut from a larger cactus plant can grow roots? Students will watch a demonstration to learn how a cactus pad can be used to grow a prickly pear cactus. Follow along a live demonstration and learn how to grow and plant a prickly pear cactus in your home, school, or community garden. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 1pm.
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 1pm. 

LA Starts Here! Mendez, et al. vs. Westminster 
Do you know the power of your voice? A family from Westminster, California used their voice to fight for education rights! Students will take a close look at the Mendez, et al. vs. Westminster case, a monumental court case that paved the way to the desegregation of schools in California, and eventually throughout the United States. 

 Workshop: Change begins with you!  Students will be encouraged to use their voice to create change. Students will reflect on their school community and explore changes and improvements they would like to see. They will be guided through the process of writing a letter outlining their opinions. 

Classroom Resources: Coming soon!
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 1pm.
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 1pm. 

Edible Teaching Garden – Project Pollinator: Creating a Wildlife Buffet in the City
Is it a bird, is it a plane? NO, it’s a pollinator! Bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and other garden creatures are known as pollinators. They carry pollen as they travel from flower to flower. Students will learn about pollinators, the important role they play in the larger ecosystem, their favorite food source, and what we can do to attract pollinators and help them thrive! 

Workshop: Who doesn’t love something sweet? Nectar from flowers is a pollinator’s favorite food. Students will watch a demonstration of how to create a pollinator garden. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 1pm. 

LA Troka: Kakaw: Clay Cacao Glyph
Did you know that chocolate was considered the “Food of the Gods” in Maya society? Cacao beans, which are used to make chocolate, were also used as a form of currency, an item for tribute, and prepared as a ceremonial drink for gods and rulers in Mesoamerica. Explore Maya culture and hieroglyphs with an in-depth look at the importance of cacao in Maya society.  

Workshop: The Maya used pictures and symbols as a form of writing, a system known as hieroglyphs. Explore trilingual literacy by learning about the English, Spanish, and Maya word for cacao. Students will examine the Maya glyph for cacao and will watch how to recreate a Maya glyph on clay. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration.  

Classroom Resources: Coming soon!
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 1pm. 

Edible Teaching Garden – Composting
What is compost and how is it used in gardening? Students will learn about regenerating the soil by composting organic resources. Students will explore the composting process and the key components of a healthy compost pile. 

Workshop: Don’t throw it in the trash, save it for the compost pile! Students will learn about what materials can be composted, while observing a demonstration of how to build a healthy compost pile. Students will make a sample compost bin to use as a point of reference to use in healing the soil in their communities. 

Classroom Resources: Coming soon!
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 1pm.  

9-12 GRADE VIRTUAL TOURS:

Edible Teaching Garden – Growing your own Potatoes
One potato, two potato, three potato MORE! Did you know that potatoes are one of the top food crops in the world? Students will learn about the plant anatomy, cultivation, and harvest of potatoes, while also exploring the nutritional benefits they provide. 

Workshop:Did you know you can grow potatoes using potatoes you might already have in your kitchen? Instead of throwing a sprouted potato away, learn how to plant it in a container and grow more at home! Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 1pm.   

National Farmworker Awareness Week & César Chávez Day – Integrated Pest Management
¡La lucha sigue! The fight continues! Did you know the United Farm Workers (UFW) fought against the use of harmful pesticides in agricultural fields? Students will explore the significant role of the UFW in fighting for the health rights of farm workers.  

Workshop: How can you prevent the use of pesticides at home? Integrated pest management is one way! Students will watch a demonstration of how to prepare a garden disinfectant and how it can be used to clean and disinfect gardening tools to prevent plant diseases in your garden. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 1pm.  

Día de los Niños – Strawberry Citrus Refreshment
Practice literacy and comprehension skills in the kitchen! Students will make a healthy refreshment using natural fruit sugars while practicing writing and then comparing and contrasting drink choices. Students will explore natural sugars and reflect on ways to reduce processed sugars in their beverage choices. 

Workshop: Sip, sip, ahhh! Strawberries and oranges are sweet and nutritious alternatives to processed sugars. Students will learn how to use these ingredients to make a Strawberry Citrus Refreshment. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 1pm.  

Cinco de Mayo – Juntas Patrióticas
¡Viva Puebla! Did you know Cinco de Mayo is more widely celebrated in the U.S. than in Mexico? In California, Latinas formed juntas patrióticas, organizing committees to fundraise money to support the fight against the French Intervention in Mexico and to support the Union in the Unites States. Students will learn about these organizing committees and how the Battle of Puebla in 1862 became a commemorative event for them for years to come. 

Workshop: Parades, potlucks, and political debates were ways that juntas patrióticas supported causes they believed in. Students will create a parade or marching scene advocating for a cause they feel strongly about. Students will be encouraged to reflect on symbols and slogans that can be used to communicate a cause they believe in. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 10am.
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 1pm. 
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 1pm.  

Culinary Arts – Mexican Symbols: El Nopal 
Did you know nopales (cacti) are important to Mexican history, culture, and cuisine? Explore this ingredient with us! Students will analyze the nutritional value and health benefits of cactus in Mexican-inspired cooking while learning how to make a healthy recipe. 

Workshop: Diced, grilled, boiled, or raw!  There are so many ways to eat nopales! Students will learn how to make Ensalada de Nopalitos (Diced Cactus Salad).  Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: click here!
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 1pm.  

Amaranth: Documenting Cultural History in Mesoamerican Codices 
Have you ever tasted amaranth? This ancient grain and superfood once was a staple food crop for the Aztec, playing an important role in their diet, rituals, and ceremonies. Students will explore the multiples ways amaranth was consumed and used throughout the Aztec empire, and how it survived Spanish colonization. 

Workshop: Mesoamerican codices were made with long folded strips of papel amate (paper made from bark), which was used for special occasions. Students will explore the Florentine Codex and use it as inspiration to make their own codex centered on the cultural and spiritual meanings of foods. Prepare materials ahead of time and have students follow along to a live demonstration. 

Classroom Resources: Coming soon!
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 10am. 
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 1pm.  

Culinary Arts – Chia: Ancestral Seed
Did you know chia seeds are a superfood long used by many Mesoamerican cultures for its nutritional value? Understand the history and importance of chia seeds as an ancestral food by learning its nutritional value and versatile use in recipes. Students will learn to identify the nutritional value in healthy drinks, such as aguas frescas, by exploring a variety of healthy fruits, vegetables, and herbs. 

Workshop: Agua fresca versus soda, it’s a battle of the beverages!  Students will compare and contrast between natural sugars and processed sugars in beverage recipes, examine how liquids are measured by finding balance when preparing a drink recipe, and identify the history and geographical origins of ingredients used in a lime and chia agua fresca recipe. 

Classroom Resources: Coming soon!
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 10am.  
Register to view on Zoom on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 1pm. 
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 10am.  
Register to view on Zoom on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 1pm. 

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