Virtual Adventures

What are Shangri La Gardens Virtual Adventures? 

Shangri La Gardens Virtual Adventures! are unique environmental education-based lessons, delivered virtually. Virtual Adventures! are curriculum-based programs designed to be a tool for the classroom teacher and one that will suit both the traditional and virtual classroom.

Shangri La Educators will provide virtual guidance and explanation of a science-based topic in a 10-12 minute video. Post video, each classroom teacher will have the opportunity to facilitate a grade-level appropriate hands-on science-based activity. Each teacher who is registered will receive a classroom kit containing all materials necessary to complete the post-video hands-on activity in their classroom and instructions on how to facilitate the activity.

Virtual Adventures! consist of two parts: 

Part 1: Online video component 

Part 2: Classroom kit containing the supplies for a hands-on activity 

Please Note: Registration is required to receive classroom kit, however teachers do not need to register in order to watch the Virtual Adventures videos online. 

Registration Information

• Schools in Orange County are given preference for classroom kits.
Orange County teachers may register starting at 9:00 a.m., October 3, 2023
• Schools outside of Orange County may utilize any Virtual Adventures video, but we cannot guarantee a classroom kit of materials. 
• Classroom kit quantities are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Teachers will receive kits on a first come, first served basis. 
• To confirm your registration was submitted or if you have questions regarding your submission, please contact us.
• If you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 weeks, please check back with us to ensure we received your request. If you do not receive a confirmation from Shangri La Gardens, please do not plan on receiving a classroom kit.

Kits will be delivered to your school office on Mondays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If this does not work for you, please let us know and we will do our best to make accommodations.

Discovery Garden

Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1

T.E.K.S- K.7C, K.9B, K.10B, K.10D, 1.10B

Video Description: Follow along with the Shangri La Educators as we tell the story of Poppy Sunshine, a curious student hoping to learn more about nature! Poppy will go on an adventure through Shangri La Gardens meeting lots of new nature friends along the way. With the help of Poppy’s new friends she will begin to discover the hidden secrets of nature and how plants grow!

Classroom Kit Description: Bring the outside indoors this year with an exciting classroom gardening project! Students will dive into learning how to identify the different parts of a plant, what exactly a plant needs to grow and beginner gardening skills. Your classroom kit will include all the materials necessary to create a miniature classroom garden. Each student will have the opportunity to sow their very own seed in individual student containers. Watch your student’s excitement and curiosity grow each day as your classroom experiences their seeds come to life!

Forces of Nature (Fall/Winter/Spring)

Grade Levels: 4, 5

T.E.K.S- 4.2B, 4.2D, 4.6A, 4.6D, 5.6A, 5.6D             

Video Description: Explore physics in nature during this exciting journey. We’ll investigate force, motion, and energy and discover a little more about their role in nature.

Classroom Kit Description: Accelerate the excitement with a series of classroom experiments. These inquiry-based activities are sure to spark curiosity. Students will be encouraged to experiment with physics and discover how force, motion, and energy interact.

Creature Features

Grade Level: 3,4,5,6,7

T.E.K.S- 3.10A,4.10A, 5.10A,6.12D, 7.11A, 7.12A

Video Description: Let’s explore animal categories. We’ll dive into the differences between reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds to discover what makes each unique. We’ll see some animals up close and some animals incognito as they go about their daily lives.

Classroom Kit Description: Take what you learned to create your own creature. We’ll send a class set of air-dry clay for students to model one of the animals we explored in the video or take characteristics from more than one animal to make a completely new creature.

A Raptor’s Lunch

Grade Level: 3,4,5

T.E.K.S- 3.9B, 3.10A, 4.9B, 4.10A, 5.9B, 5.10A

Video Description: Discover raptors and how they survive. Raptors are different than other types of birds and have specialized features to show for it! We’ll take a close up look at feathers, beaks, feet, and anything else we can find. Explore what helps a bird of prey survive and thrive in their habitat.

Classroom Kit Description: Explore the food chain of an owl and investigate just exactly what birds of prey eat for lunch. Take a set of owl pellets back to the classroom for dissection. Dissection kits will come with all the materials you need along with bone charts to identify what you find!

Thank you to Chevron Phillips for their support of this program series!