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Aquatic Outreach Institute, Richmond
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 www.calacademy.org

Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland
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

CuriOdyssey, San Mateo
A science and wildlife center for young people, CuriOdyssey offers interactive experiments with natural phenomena, an up-close, native wildlife zoo and animal encounters, and engaging science education programs. Everything is designed to reinforce in children their own, natural inquisitiveness and build their powers of investigation and understanding.
For more information, visit www.CuriOdyssey.org or call 650-342-7755.

Discovery Museum in Eureka is a non-profit children’s museum that offers interactive exhibits and thematic programs. Discovery Museum exhibits and programs promote hands-on, open-ended discovery in the areas of science, art, culture and technology. Our goal is to help youth expand their horizons and prepare for the future by fostering a passion for exploration and learning. http://discovery-museum.org/index.php?id=fieldtrips

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

Gateway Science Museum in Chico offers a variety of exciting, interactive and educationally-rich field trip options for all age levels throughout the year. The museum’s field trips further our mission of “Inspiring the exploration of science and natural history, in our region and beyond,” while also helping to support the educational goals of teachers and students.

Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center
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 workshops. http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org

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.

Restoration Programs:
Hands-on stewardship projects, community-based restoration, that engage students in wetland restoration to restore the health and diversity of the Bay ecosystem.
Visit www.saveSFbay.org for more information.

Sacramento Zoo
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. http://www.savesfbay.org/

The Tech Museum, San Jose
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.

The Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding offers field trip and student programs throughout the school year. http://turtlebay.org/learn/

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: cailin@iflysfbay.com or visit the website: http://www.iflysfbay.com.

WildCare is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation and nature education center located in San Rafael. Meet our non-releasable wild animal ambassadors, touch the taxidermic animals and learn what you can do to help local wildlife. Each visitor gets a close up view of native birds, mammals, and reptiles in an engaging program aimed to teach students how to live well with wildlife. WildCare offers center tours, nature hikes, and visits to your school. For more information, visit www.WildCareBayArea.org or call 415-453-1000


The San Gabriel Mountains Heritage Association provides field trips at the scenic and historic Mt. Baldy Visitor Center in the Angeles National Forest. Enjoy the forest, hike along the creek, and meet local reptiles during your mountain adventure. Programs are available for K-12 students. Visit www.sgmha.org or contact Program Manager Carrie Raleigh at carrie@sgmha.org.

Pali Institute is a residential outdoor education and science camp. Currently the only outdoor education program to be accredited by WASC, Pali Institute offers 3-5 day overnight field trips for students in grades 4-12. We are located on 74 acres of forested land in the San Bernardino mountains, just 90 minutes from Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties. Pali Institute is able to tailor classes to fit in with each school's curriculum, and aligns with CA, AZ, and NV state standards (CCSS, NGSS). Pali Institute offers over 30 modules in three areas of study: outdoor education, science, and leadership.

Our mission is to provide experiential education to students, giving them progressive learning experiences that expand far beyond the classroom walls. Students will experience the thrill of touching, feeling, and interacting with the natural world. At Pali Institute, we bring textbooks to life!

Website: http://www.paliinstitute.com
Email: director@paliinstitute.com
Phone: 909-867-5743

The City of Los Angeles designed the Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center at Hyperion for school and community groups. It is located inside the Learning Center at Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa Del Rey (near the Los Angeles International Airport), so reservations are required! Geared towards grades 5-12. Discover how to partner with Sanitation to protect Earth’s resources through sustainable water and solid resources management. We bring textbook and classroom learning to life in our Clean Water and Zero Waste exhibit galleries.

We are located at 12000 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, 90293, south of LAX, immediately across from Dockweiler Beach. Our facility is just under four miles west of the 405 Freeway and approximately one-half mile south of Imperial Highway. Visitors will check in with the guard at Gate C. To find Gate C, look for the traffic signal at Learning Center at Hyperion Way and Vista Del Mar! Our Environmental Learning Center is just south of the entry gate. Admission is free, and there is parking for buses, vans and cars next to the Center. Contact us soon to schedule your visit! http://lacitysan.org/elc/plan_your_visit/index.htm or call (310) 648-5363.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in eight galleries, as well as major traveling exhibitions. Visit us, and you can create colored shadows, design images with a sand pendulum, examine the vibration of guitar strings and get your hands on a variety of intriguing scientific phenomena. http://www.rhfleet.org/learn/educators-resource-guide

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is Southern California's largest aquarium. It displays over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits that represent the diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Each year more than 1.5 million people visit the Aquarium. Beyond its world-class animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Through these programs and a variety of multimedia experiences, the Aquarium provides opportunities to delve deeper into ocean science and learn more about our planet. The Aquarium of the Pacific has redefined the modern aquarium. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions. For field trip information visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/education/yourfieldtrip

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.

Legoland in Carlsbad offers STEM focused field trips at their Legoland and SEALIFE Aquarium facilities.

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/.

The Western Science Center is home to a fascinating array of Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils that were unearthed at Diamond Valley Lake. You’ll be moved by “Max”, the largest mastodon found in the Western United States, as well as “Xena”, a Columbian mammoth. Let your imagination run wild as you walk on tempered glass which houses “Little Stevie”, a large mastodon installed beneath the museum floor to re-create the actual dig site. The museum has been designed to provide world-class facilities for the research, curation, and presentation of the nearly 1,000,000 specimens discovered during the development of the Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, California. The Center offers a number of programs for schools and the public. For field trip information visit http://www.westerncentermuseum.org/school-programs/.

Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium offers marine biology and environmental education programs for K-12 students and their teachers. The Aquarium is a premier field trip destination for school groups and an educational resource for the entire Los Angeles region. Located at the historic Santa Monica Pier, with the Pacific Ocean just outside its doors, we exhibit more than 100 species of plant and animal life native to the Santa Monica Bay. http://www.healthebay.org/santa-monica-pier-aquarium/education

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 berenstein@ece.uscb.edu 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: education@iflyhollywood.com or visit the website: http://www.iflyhollywood.com.

The Living Desert provides an introduction to desert ecology to thousands of school children each year. Field Trips have the exciting options that include our regularly scheduled storytelling, live animal encounters, Wildlife Wonders Show, Village WaTuTu, hands-on Discovery Center and our desert play land, Gecko Gulch. Picnic areas are also available. Located in Palm Desert.

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