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Each year, more than 1,600 schools visit the Academy on a field trip. School field trips are available year-round for school groups bringing grades preK-12, including preschool. Bring one class, or the entire grade!

Eligibility and Pricing

School field trip reservations are available for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12, including preschool. To receive the group rate, you must bring more than 10 people on your field trip.

San Francisco school groups: Free
Other California school groups: $7.95 per person

With the understanding that the majority of our state's schools qualify for Title I status, the Academy is proud to offer heavily discounted admission for all schools in California—no scholarships necessary. Spread the word!

Seeking a free bus? Target stores award Field Trip Grants of up to $700 to K-12 schools. Place a note on your calendar, as they only accept grant applications between August 1 and September 30. Schools from the 9 Bay Area counties may also be eligible for Transportation Funds from the Environmental Volunteers, or Excursion Grants from Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.

 

Availability
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Field trips through August 2017 are now available. Generally, field trips can be scheduled on all dates with the exception of Free Days, holidays, and other peak admission days. You can even book a weekend visit!

Reserved seats in Planetarium shows are free and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Closure dates are as follows and are subject to change: ​
Planetarium: February 27-March 1, 2017

Find a reserved program

3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Free
Planetarium: School Show

This show is offered most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30am through May 2017.

3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Free
Planetarium: School Show

Jan 19, 2017: Be a virtual space traveler and chart your course to the edge of the solar system—in Cantonese!

3rd Grade - 12th Grade
Free
Planetarium: General Audience

This show is offered Monday-Saturday at 10:30am and 1:30pm from June-August 2017.

3rd Grade - 12th Grade
Free
Planetarium: General Audience

This show is offered Monday-Saturday at 11:30am and 1:30pm through May 2017.

6th Grade - 8th Grade
Free
Planetarium: School Show

This show is offered on Tuesdays at 10:30am in January and February 2017.

3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Free
Planetarium: School Show

Jan 12, 2017: Become a virtual space traveler and chart your course to the edge of the solar system—in Spanish!

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Free
Planetarium: School Show

This show is offered most Mondays and Fridays at 10:30am through May 2017.

Field Trip Sponsors

We Thank our Sponsors

The School & Youth Field Trips program is generously supported by Genentech, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Google, Inc., the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education, Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Additional support is provided by the Academy’s local business donors.

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