California Science Teachers Association Membership Benefits
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Join Us in Delivering High Quality Science Education in California

You Are Invited to Join with Other California Science Teachers To:

  • Keep updated on NGSS implementation
  • Gather at the Annual Conference
  • Enhance Your Knowledge & Skills
  • Share Teaching Tools & Resources
  • Influence State Education Policy

As the advocate for high quality science education in California for more than 50 years, the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) offers networking, professional development, and advocacy to ensure state policies and legislation support you in inspiring your students. Join our community of more than 2,500 K-6, middle school, and high school science teachers, college faculty, and educators.

Stay Current on NGSS

Rely on CSTA to keep you informed of the latest developments on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core implementation. Through the annual conference, updates on hot issues, newsletter and website resources, CSTA will help you understand the new requirements and provide beneficial ideas and strategies recommended by science teachers.

CSTA will keep you abreast of new standards and provide useful information to help you adapt your teaching.

Network at the California Science Education Conference

Your CSTA membership enables you to attend CSTA’s annual professional development conference at a discounted rate. This is the ideal place to discuss changes impacting California science teachers, and learn new methods to enhance your curriculum.

Become a Presenter

Members are encouraged to submit presentation proposals to share best practices, experiences, and ideas at the annual conference. Presenters gain additional registration discounts.

Discover Best Practices & Resources

New as well as experienced teachers appreciate CSTA’s range of resources:

  • Connect with other science teachers regionally and state-wide
  • Enhance your teaching and knowledge of science
  • Gather information about best practices through networking
  • Attend regional and statewide professional development seminars
  • Become a mentor to support new teachers
  • Gain leadership skills by joining the CSTA board and committees

Find Useful Teaching Tools

Be inspired and get critical information quickly on CSTA’s two robust websites.

On, you’ll find the most current information on NGSS for California, job openings, links to free and low cost teaching resources, conference information, and member only resources.

Go to to learn how other teachers are adapting their curriculum in response to NGSS and Common Core as well as other classroom tips. You’ll also find:

  • Calendar of events (which can be filtered by region)
  • Science education news and free classroom tools
  • California legislative and policy updates
  • Award applications for you and your students

Impact Education Policy Decisions

You have a voice in Sacramento through CSTA. As the advocate for high quality science education in California for more than 50 years, the California Science Teachers Association has influenced state education policies and assures that science teachers’ views are represented.

CSTA Membership Dues Rates:

Membership Type


1-year membership


1-year joint membership (CSTA & NSTA - a $129 value) available only via the NSTA website.


3-year membership
(a 20% discount!)


New Teacher (1st or 2nd Year Only) – 2 years of membership


Lifetime membership


Retired teacher membership


Preservice teacher membership


Download a membership form to mail or fax in.

Check out our membership incentives.


Join with other teachers who share your passion for science, want to inspire their students, and have realized the benefits of an association advocating their interests at
the state level.

Your $50 Annual Membership Lets You:

  • Register at a discounted rate for CSTA conferences and events
  • Network with other teachers who share your interests
  • Stay up-to-date with email alerts and CSTA websites
  • Attend professional development on NGSS and more
  • Participate in association leadership and become involved at a state-wide level
  • Be an advocate for high quality science education for all students in the State of California
  • Enjoy discounts at OfficeMax, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and more

Monterey Bay Aquarium Tickets:

CSTA members can now purchase tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium at a discounted price via the CSTA Preferred Ticket sales store. CSTA members and their guests save $5 on admission. Tickets must be purchased via the online store and printed to take to the Aquarium for admission. Visit the CSTA Members Only benefits page to access the online store.

Office Depot/Office Max Discounts:

  • 2.5¢ B&W and 22¢ Color Copies, 40% off finishing services
  • Up to 15% discount on Office Depot® Brand ink and toner and 5% discount of OEM ink and toner

Check out the Member-only Discount page for the printable discount card (you must log-in and be a member to access this page).

Avis/Budget Rental Car:

  • Up to 25% off promotional rates.
  • Convenient airport locations.
  • Where2TM GPS—State-of-the-art GPS system that guides through every mile of your trip, giving you clear, simple directions, real-time road conditions and much more.
  • Timesaving services, like Avis Preferred Service, e-Receipt and Roving Rapid Return
  • Avis e-Receipt—Within 24 hours of returning your vehicle, you’ll have your Avis receipt e-mailed to you, free of charge. It’s a convenient way to avoid lost receipts, complete expense reports, and save time when returning your car.
  • Complimentary Preferred® Service enrollment—A fast and easy counter bypass program with added benefits and special amenities, such as the best parking spots and more vehicles. Available at participating locations.

Check out the Member-only Discount page for the discount codes (you must log-in and be a member to access this page).

You will need your CSTA Member username and password to access the members only benefits page. If you do not remember your CSTA Member website credentials, click here to have them emailed to you.


Chapter Members

Any organization or institution interested in advancing and supporting the purposes, goals and objectives of CSTA may join CSTA as a non-voting Chapter member. A Chapter member organization is a dues-paying organization whose roots and allegiances are to promoting science education in California. A Chapter member is entitled to the following benefits of membership:

  • May publicize its events, free of charge in the on-line event calendar and with a side-column ad (235 px X 235 px) for up to two months, in the Association’s newsletter, California Classroom Science. The chapter would be responsible for providing the side-column ad in a publication ready format.
  • May receive up to three times per year a mailing list in an Excel (.xls) format of all CSTA members in its region or within the zip codes which it serves who have not opted-out of having their information shared.
  • May set up a table at CSTA conferences to recruit members, at no cost to the Chapter. Location of the table to be at the discretion of CSTA.
  • Other benefits as from time to time may be determined by the CSTA Board of Directors.