Outdoor Education and Recreation Curriculum Resources

Local Organizations

  • Free Community Shuttles to National Parks. The San Francisco Public Library, National Park Service, Presidio Trust, and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy have teamed up again in 2019 to provide FREE shuttles from library branches to national park sites. Be sure to sign up in advance. Families and all ages are welcome!

  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The Golden Gate National Parks are extraordinary classrooms for connecting students with our history, culture, and natural environment. In partnership with the National Park Service and other community organizations, the Parks Conservancy offers a variety of resources and programs designed for educators looking for creative ways to expand their curriculum.

  • Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Bring the enormous appeal of the ocean to your class to teach science, art and language arts. Sanctuary education programs offer science field trips, classroom programs, exhibit discovery experiences, student field monitoring opportunities, teacher workshops and resources.

  • San Francisco Botanical Garden. Field trips and teacher packets with information about the thousands of plant species to be found at the garden

  • San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department. With 25 terrific multi-purpose Recreation Centers conveniently located throughout the City there are tons of opportunities to get out & play, even if Karl the Fog is making your favorite playground cold and gloomy.

  • San Francisco Rec & Parks Department: Aquatics & Pools. Set up a pool day for your program at one of Rec & Park’s nine swimming pools! (Hint from the kiddos: there is a super cool slide at the Hamilton Rec Pool…).

  • The Presidio. The Presidio serves as an active outdoor classroom for students and teachers. Drawing on the natural and cultural heritage of the park, the park's school programs offer authentic, real-world learning that support 21st century skills.


  • Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook. Healthy eating and physical activity resource guide sponsored by the NFL.

  • Fun Attic. Creative games and activities to get kids moving.

  • National Wildlife Federation’s Educational Resources. Through programs, curriculum, scientific reports, and more, the National Wildlife Federation is furthering knowledge about nature and wildlife, and inspiring future environmental stewards.

  • PE Central. Thousands of physical education lesson plans and ideas submitted by physical education professionals.

  • TeacherVision Physical Education and Fitness. Promote good exercise habits with physical education resources for kindergarten through twelfth grade. 

  • Wildlife of the San Francisco Bay. With detailed checklists for mammals, birds and other animals, identification resources and extensive guides to viewing locations, this website provides a unique, comprehensive portal to the world of Bay Area wildlife watching.

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