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Aquatic Outreach Institute,
To register or for more information, call 510-231-5778.
Bohart Museum of Entomology
The Bohart Museum at UC Davis, one of the largest insect collections
in the United States, welcomes classes to explore the diverse
and fascinating world of insects. Students will get the chance
explore part of our vast collection, see beautiful and unusual
insects, and interact with residents of our live insect zoo.
For more information visit our website at http://bohart.ucdavis.edu/
or call us at (530) 752-0493.
California Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park, San Francsico
The California Academy of Sciences includes the Steinhart
Aquarium, the Morrison Planetarium, and the Natural History
Museum. Each offers exciting educational opportunities for
students in all grade levels. For more information, visit
Chabot Space and Science
Permanent exhibits include "Our Place in the Universe,"
"Planetary Landscapes," "The Origin and Meaning
of Meteorites," and "Planet Trek." "Shadow
Dance: Make and Eclipse" gives students a hands-on opportunity
to create different kinds of solar and lunar eclipses. They
can activate sensors on the exhibit floor, discover the science
behind an eclipse, and learn about eclipse myths, rituals,
and celebrations found in many world cultures.
For more information, call 510-336-7300 or visit www.chabotspace.org
Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education,
For more information, call 650-342-7755 or go to www.coyoteptmuseum.org
Exploratorium, San Francisco
For more information go to www.exploratorium.edu
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, San Mateo
Located in Moss Beach (about one hour south of San Francisco),
this spectacular stretch of coastline includes a shallow marine
shelf that is exposed during low tides. Many interesting marine
animals and plants are visible in the pools for watching,
photographing, and drawing. Come study and enjoy this rich
and complex habitat!.
For more information, call 415-363-4020 or visit www.sfgate.com/getoutside/1996/jun/fitz.html
Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
The Sanctuary Visitor Center provides unique and
engaging programs that allow students to see their connection
to ocean habitats and wildlife. Bring your class to the Gulf
of the Farallones Sanctuary Visitor Center at the Presidio
and you will open up an exciting learning opportunity for
your students. Programs are two hours long, interactive, grade
specific and correlate to state standards. Students use hands-on
exhibits inside the visitor center to discover how senses,
life cycles, adaptations, and food webs function in the marine
environment. Outside on the beach, students use observational
skills to discover what makes this such a fragile world and
actions they can take to help protect the ocean.
Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
at UC Berkeley offers a wide range of homeschool and afterschool
programs for individuals in astronomy, biology, physics, math,
and chemistry. Also available are weekend workshops and family
Oakland Museum of California
For more information, call 888-OAKMUSE or visit www.museumca.org
Walk Across California - Take a simulated journey
through California's diverse ecosystems, observing plants
and animals found from the Pacific coastline to the High Sierra
and the inland desert. Exhibits contain approximately 2,500
natural specimens organized around the basic ecological principles
highlighting relationships among plants, animals, geology
and climate. The Aquatic California Gallery presents an overview
of our aquatic environments, including the oceans, rivers,
streams and estuaries. Permanent exhibition.
The Outdoor Exploratorium is an NSF-funded
project to create a collection of outdoor exhibits dispersed
at several partner sites throughout San Francisco. The project
will consist of 20 to 25 installations and exhibits that explore
the natural phenomena of the immediate environment. Water,
wind, sound, and light, in all their complex behaviors, will
be foci of investigation. For more information visit: http://www.exploratorium.edu/outdoor/.
Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) Conservation
Science: SEA Alcatraz
PRBO Conservation Science offers SEA Alcatraz, a
multi-visit classroom and fieldtrip seabird education program
focusing on the seabirds of Alcatraz Island for 4th and 5th
grade San Francisco classes. The program addresses several
Science Content Standards for California Public Schools. For
more information visit: http://www.prbo.org/cms/531.
Hands-on stewardship projects, community-based restoration,
that engage students in wetland restoration to restore the
health and diversity of the Bay ecosystem.
www.saveSFbay.org for more information.
For more information, call 916-264-5166 or go to www.saczoo.com
Save the Bay
Environmental education field trips for grades 5
and up. Canoes In Sloughs: Canoes In Sloughs
opens students’ eyes to a whole new world through an on-the-water
learning experience that helps them gain knowledge about and
respect for nature and the Bay. In 2001, the program was awarded
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s Excellence in Education Award.
The Tech Museum, San
As the Bay Area’s year-round second classroom, The Tech Museum
offers a host of educational opportunities to enhance students’
science and technology studies. School groups are admitted
free under our “Free Field Trips” program. Students are encouraged
to explore life, Earth and physical science in California
curriculum-based, hand-on labs. Educational films featured
in our IMAX dome theater supplement classroom learning in
physics, geography and paleontology, among other sciences.
Free teacher memberships are available to all K-12 public,
private, home-school teachers and principals. Visit thetech.org
to learn more and to book your visit to the museum. Or call
at (408) 294-TECH.
iFly Indoor Skydiving, SF Bay
iFly is offering an exciting, interactive, educational science
program for students of all ages. iFly SF Bay, located in
Union City, is Northern California's only indoor skydiving
facility. Students learn and then apply fundamental physics
and physical science concepts in iFly's $8.5 million wind
tunnel. The program includes experiments, a physics or physical
science lecture, a tour of the facility and a flight in the
wind tunnel. For more information contact iFly Program Director,
Cailin Creighton, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the website: http://www.iflysfbay.com.
The Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization
located in Dana Point, California that specializes
in marine science and environmental education. Students voyage
onto the ocean, study in labs, and hike into the chaparral
as they can sort through live specimens, collect scientific
data, and investigate the intriguing world around them. Programs
vary from one hour in the labs to multiple days at camp or
at sea. All curriculum is based on California content standards.
For more information, please visit our website at http://www.ocean-institute.org/
or call (949) 496-2274.
The new Columbia Memorial Space Center is
a unique space science learning center located in Downey,
California. Focusing on engineering, technology and science,
our goal is to teach young people about space exploration
and aviation with fun, hands-on experiences. Located at 12400
Columbia Way, Downey, CA. 90242. Visit Columbiaspacescience.org
or call 562-231-1200 for more information.
Discovery Science Center is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting
teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math,
and technology through interactive exhibits and programs.
2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92705; 714-542-2823. Visit
their website at http://www.discoverycube.org/.
Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
offers marine biology and environmental education programs
for K-12 students and their teachers. Field trips include
informal educator presentations both inside the aquarium and
on the beach just outside its doors.
Classes are based on the California science standards, are
two hours in length, and are offered weekdays at 9:30 a.m.
and 12:00 p.m. The fee is $150 for a maximum of 60 students;
teachers are free. For reservations call 310-393-6149, ext.
The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA
is a living museum comprised of over 5,000 species of
plants from all over the world. The garden offers free docent-led
school tours for grades 1-12 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
from 10 am to 2 pm, providing an exciting adjunct to science
and social studies curriculum. As part of its written confirmation
package, the garden sends teachers free pre-tour guides for
grades 2-12 school groups to use in reparing students for
their visit to the garden. Follow-up guides are given to the
teadher at the conclusion of the tour. See www.botgard.ucla.edu
or call (310) 825-1260.
Nanotechnology "Chip Camps" are available to small groups
of motivated students and their teachers. A chip camp is an
intensive hands-on, inquiry-based learning experience in nanotechnology.
High school students spend either 1, 3, or 5 days in a teaching
clean room facility, learning tricks of light and chemicals
to make a tiny microresistor. Longer camps are available,
and funding is available to cover expenses to the University
of California, Santa Barbara. Contact Angela Berenstein at
or call (805) 893-5999. For more information see http://www.nanotech.ucsb.edu/NanotechNew/education/CHIPCAMP.html
Natural History Museum of LA County
Formore information, call 213-763-3534 or go to www.nhm.org
The 310-acre UCLA Stunt Ranch
Santa Monica Mountains Reserve, an outdoor classroom
and living laboratory for environmental education and research,
lies in the Cold Creek watershed of the Santa Monica mountains.
The reserve has forged a partnership with UCLA and K-12 education
in the greater Los Angeles area and offers 3-hour school programs
focusing on chaparral and fire ecology, geology, and early
local Native American and homestead history. The 1.5 mile
hike introduces students to Chumash village life, including
acorn grinding, cave wall painting, playing of Chumash games,
and demonstrations of tool making. The reserve is accessible
by prior permission only. Teachers interested in booking docent-led
tours should call the MRT office at (818) 591-1701, ext. 130.
Free curriculum guides are available at http://nrs.ucop.edu/reserves/stunt.html.
iFly Indoor Skydiving, Hollywood
iFly is offering an exciting, interactive, educational science
program for students of all ages. iFly Hollywood, located
on the Universal CityWalk, is LA's only indoor skydiving facility.
Students learn and then apply fundamental physics and physical
science concepts in iFly's multi-million dollar wind tunnel.
The program includes experiments, a physics or physical science
lecture, a tour of the facility and a flight in the wind tunnel.
For more information contact iFly Program Director, Cailin
Creighton, at: email@example.com
or visit the website: http://www.iflyhollywood.com.
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