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All About California

by Mary Ann Kelley

State Facts

California was the 31st state to join the union. It became a state on September 9, 1850.

State facts about California

Capital - Sacramento

Abbreviation - CA

Nickname - The Golden State

Motto - Eureka - I have found it

Song - "I Love You, California"

Bird - California Valley Quail

Flower - California Poppy

Insect - California Dog-Face Butterfly

Area - approximately 163,707 square miles

Websites for studying about California

California State Symbols Games

Worksheets and puzzles for kids to learn more about California

A to Z Kids Stuff - California

Fun Educational Activities

The 50 States - California

From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on California

Mr. - California

Mr. Donn has been online for as long as I can remember and he has one of the largest collections of social studies resources available. This is his collection of California resources.

Explore the States - California

From the Library of Congress. Games and stories of America's past.

50 - California

Facts & Trivia about California - California

Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in California

Awesome America - California

Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about California.

California Map/Quiz Printout

H.I.P. Pocket Change - California

Created by the US Mint

Kids' literature featuring California

From balmy beach towns to Sierra snows, from desert palms to redwood forests, there is almost everything you could imagine in this state. Traveling in California with kids, stand among trees 1,000 years old, fly a Chinese kite in front of the Golden Gate, ride rapids through Gold Country, boogie board on endless beaches, get your picture taken with Minnie or Mickey Mouse at Disneyland, pet a baby cheetah at the San Diego Zoo, or watch the waves break at Big Sur. Don't miss the top picks section for children's books on California.

John Muir National Historic Site

John Muir: Man of the Mountains. The site preserves the Victorian home of the noted author and preservationist. Surrounded by almost 9 acres of fruit orchards and 326 acres of oak woodland, the site today is just a small piece of the original 2,600 acre ranch. The United States is forever indebted to the "Father of the National Park Service" for helping to preserve this country's greatest treasures.

California Virtual Field Trips

California Academy of Science CenterSan Francisco

Virtual field trip onlineThe new Academy's building will feature many exciting exhibits including the Rainforest, Pendulum, Planetarium, California Coast, Swamp, and more.

California State Military MuseumSacramento

Virtual field trip onlineA United States Army Museum Activity

Carnegie Art MuseumOxnard

Virtual field trip online

Charles M. Schulz MuseumSanta Rosa

Virtual field trip onlineThe mission of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center is to preserve, display, and interpret the art of Charles M. Schulz.

Community Memorial Museum of Sutter CountyYuba City

Virtual field trip onlineWelcome to the Community Memorial Museum's Virtual Exhibit. We invite you to take a look at some of the wonderful images in our collection. This is only a small sample of the archives from the Museum's collection. Our hope is that you will visit us at the Community Memorial Museum in Yuba City to learn more about Sutter County and its history.

ExploratoriumSan Francisco

Virtual field trip onlineThe museum of science, art and human perception. Online since 1993, the Exploratorium was one of the first science museums to build a site on the World Wide Web. The site contains over 18 thousand award-winning Web pages exploring hundreds of different topics.

Martinez MuseumMartinez

Virtual field trip onlineOur present displays are part of the on-going effort to keep interest alive in our community's history and encourage repeat visitors. All displays, cataloguing, housekeeping, gardening, and other duties are performed by volunteers.

McHenry MuseumModesto

Virtual field trip onlineWithin the museum there are a complete dentist's office, a general store and a recreated blacksmith shop using wood and square nails from a century old house. Other exhibits include gold mining paraphernalia, original fire fighting equipment, along with a collection of cattle brands from Stanislaus County.

MCRD Command MuseumSan Diego

Virtual field trip onlineThe MCRD Command Museum boasts one of the most extensive and comprehensive displays of Marine Corps historical items in the Nation.The Museum has over 150,000 annual visitors and occupies 22,233 square feet of indoor space.

Paso Robles Pioneer MuseumPaso Robles

Virtual field trip onlinet is our mission to preserve the cultural heritage of California's Paso Robles area through well-organized and detailed displays, historical literature and education. In documenting and explaining the past, we are helping to retain the values that are foundational to our future.

Petersen Automotive MuseumLos Angeles

Virtual field trip onlineExplore the evolution of the Automobile and its impact on our culture. Experience the last 100 years of automotive history at our museum and here on our web site. There is always something new to discover for the whole family.

Port Chicago Naval MagazineMartinez

Virtual field trip onlineLargest Homeland Disaster during World War II. Reservations are required to visit this location. The website offers historical information about the park for those who cannot visit in person.

Riverside Municipal MuseumRiverside

Virtual field trip onlineThe Museum offers fun and educational programs for all ages: workshops, demonstrations, lectures, children and family programs, youth projects, tours, school presentations, festivals, special events and more.

Ruth Chandler Williamson GalleryClaremont

Virtual field trip onlineFounded in 1993, the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery presents four annual exhibitions spanning a wide range of art. Whether historical or contemporary, Western or Asian, exhibitions enrich the teaching of art and humanities at Scripps as well as the cultural community of Claremont and environs.

Sierra Nevada Logging MuseumArnold

Virtual field trip onlineThe Sierra Nevada Logging Museum is a non-profit regional museum in Arnold, California that tells the history of loggers and logging-related industries in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California -- from the discovery of gold in 1848 to the present day. The geographic scope of the Museum encompasses the 18 counties of the Sierra Nevada range, from Lassen County in the North to Kern County in the South.

USC Fisher Museum of ArtLos Angeles

Virtual field trip onlineDiscover art spanning five centuries at USC Fisher Museum of Art, the museum of the University of Southern California and the first museum established in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to the exhibition and collection of fine art.

Wells Fargo History Museum, San Diego, CaliforniaSan Diego

Virtual field trip onlineAt Old Town San Diego State Park, visit a historically furnished Wells Fargo Agent's office, in a recreated building from San Diego's past.

Whitaker-Jaynes Estate and the Bacon House MuseumsBuena Park

Virtual field trip onlineCome see new museum displays including the Lynx Women's Softball Team from the 1940s, a pictorial history of Buena Park's entertainment venues and photos of the Dreger Clock in various stages of its "life".

More California field trips ...

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