S.T.E.M. Field Trips

Aquarium of the Bay. Bay Ecotarium provides immersive field trip and outreach programs that allow students to discover the amazing world of San Francisco Bay through hands-on exploration experiences. Naturalist led programs support the Next Generation Science Standards and include developmentally appropriate, accessible, STEM and conservation education activities.

California Academy of Sciences. Summer programs that serve San Francisco residents can apply for free field trips between June 11 and August 16! Open the Youth Group application and input the 2019 promo code (SFSUMMERINVITE). Submit multiple applications if your group would like to visit multiple times.

Children’s Creativity Museum. Bay Area summer programs are invited to register for creative activities at the Children’s Creativity Museum!  Children in preschool – 2nd grade (ages 3-7) are invited to enjoy an hour of child-directed play in the Imagination Lab, followed by an hour of facilitated gravity-based activities and design challenges with a museum educator. For youth in grades 3 – 12 (ages 8+), a Clay Animation workshop will immerse them in a world of movie-making and storytelling. Each participant will develop clay characters and bring them to life in a stop-motion animation. 

Conservatory of Flowers. The Conservatory offers Bay Area students free guided tours for 3rd-5th grade classes and free self-guided visits for TK-12th grade school groups, preschools, and college classes.

EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park. The EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park is an educational community center that uses sustainable on-site power, water and wastewater systems. Nearly every feature of this facility is designed to educate the public about renewable energy, pollution and greenhouse gas reduction, wastewater treatment, sustainable building materials, rainwater harvesting, and the green economy. 

Exploratorium. A day at the Exploratorium is a field trip like no other—students can play, try new things, get their whole bodies involved, and see what happens when, all in the name of deep learning about science, art, and human perception.

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 curriculums.

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.

Mission Science Workshop. MSW operates two bilingual community science centers that provide hands-on science enrichment activities to underserved youth from low-income communities, their schools and families. Play, tinker, and learn!

Randall Museum. The Randall Museum offers many field trip programs to compliment your classroom educational goals. Meet some of our live California animals or delve deep into a science concept. The Randall is perched almost on top of the Corona Heights hill, offering majestic views of San Francisco, the bay and East Bay cities! There is plenty of open space to have an outside lunch or go for a hike. Don’t forget about the States Street playground just below the museum for afternoon activities.

Recology Environmental Learning Center and Recycling Facility Tours. Sign up for a facility tour to learn more about materials processing, zero waste efforts in San Francisco, and the Recology Artist in Residence Program. Tours include an overview of Recology and recycling operations in San Francisco and a visit to the art studio and sculpture garden.

San Francisco Botanical Garden. From guided walks and Children's Garden programs for school groups to summer field trip programs, the Garden is a vital resource for schools, community groups and families in search of  immersive educational experiences in the natural world.

San Francisco Maritime Museum. The Maritime Park Association operates a number of education programs to realize their goal of increasing the understanding of our nation’s rich maritime heritage. The programs include daytime and environmental living programs at the Hyde Street Pier, and daytime and overnight programs aboard the USS Pampanito.

San Francisco Zoo. The San Francisco Zoo is designed with the underlying belief that nature-focused interaction leads to conservation action. Learning about animals here inspires visitors to care for all wildlife. DCYF-funded organizations qualify for free field trips from September 1 through May 31.

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 programs offer authentic, real-world learning that support 21st century skills.

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