We've compiled a selection of grade-appropriate offerings to make it easy for you to browse Academy opportunities and classroom resources.

Distance Learning Programs for Your Class

Start Science Notebooking!

Strategies for Reflection


Setting aside time for reflection allows your students to recognize their own learning.

Selected Science Lesson Plans

Natural Resources Bingo


© Sally Crossthwaite

What types of natural resources are used to make the objects we use in everyday life? Play bingo to find out!

What Color is Your Leaf?


Students head outside to look closely for patterns of leaves in a shady environment vs. a sunny environment.

Worlds in Comparison


© Dennis Brekke

Do you know the relative sizes of the planets in our solar system? Put yourself to the test with some Play-doh.

Habitat Adaptation Matchup

Sea turtle

© Brocken Inaglory

How does an animal's shape and color affect what habitat they live in?

Featured Videos from the Science Video Vault

7,000 Kinds of Amphibians

A music video about the 7,000 different kinds of amphibians. Song by the Wiggly Tendrils.

Programs for Your Field Trip to the Academy

Sun, Moon, and Stars


© Callum Hayton

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

A Tour of Our Solar System


© Kabsik Park

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

School Field Trips

SchoolBus_MarioSánchezPrada school field trip ideas

© Mario Sánchez Prada

Field trips are available year-round for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12.

Classroom Kits for Bay Area Teachers

Geology (Grade 2 - 5)

California Geology Kit

Examine rocks and minerals, explore the rock cycle, and trace the mineral resources used in everyday life.

Professional Learning for You

How Science Works

How science works logo UCMP California Academy of Sciences

This course weaves activities, videos, and classroom-ready materials into a primer on the process of science.

NGSS Demystified

NGSS Demystified Banner

Need help with planning professional development around the Next Generation Science Standards? Look no further.


Sea wolves

bioGraphic is a new online science magazine about all things that awe in nature and human ingenuity.

Teacher Workshop Catalog

Skulls workshop

Check out the range of workshops we have offered recently. Contact us to provide PD for your school team!

Super Popular!

Science Storytime: Pierre the Penguin

Pierre the Penguin book cover

illustrated by Laura Regan

April 25, 2017: Celebrate World Penguin Day! Read along with an Academy Educator about Pierre. Grades K-2.

Live Penguin Cams


Watch our penguins swim, flirt, and nest on three live webcams.

Shark Lagoon Cam


Spot every detail on the 13 species of sharks, rays, and bony fishes living in our Shark Lagoon.

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