Browse a selection of online courses, interactives, and toolkits to help you bring science to life in the classroom. Whether you're looking for lesson plans, science videos, or distance learning programs, the Academy has teaching resources galore.

Full Films and Short Videos

Science Video Vault

Habitat Earth Flights

Our collection of educational videos will help your students visualize data and understand scientific concepts.

Flipside Science


This youth-powered series tackles complex environmental topics and empowers viewers to make a difference.

Live, Online Programs led by Academy Educators

Virtual Programs


Virtual Programs are live, interactive programs connecting the Academy to your class over the internet.

Special Live Events

Classroom view of Earth Day program

These free, interactive, webcasts are open to classrooms nationwide. Sign up to book your spot!

Popular Lesson Collections

Earth Science Activities

earth science activities for K-12 students

Earthquakes, the carbon cycle, natural resources, human impacts on the planet, and more!

Life Science Activities

life science activities for K-12 students

Adaptations, food webs, structure and function, genetics, ecosystem much to learn!

Astronomy Activities

space science, astronomy activities for K-12 students

You'd be surprised by the astronomy you can learn with a light source, some painter's tape, and play doh.

Science Notebook Corner

Online Courses for Teachers and Students

Teacher Guide: Earthquakes

Earthquake Wordmark

See ideas for how teachers can use videos, articles, and infographics about Earthquakes in their classroom.

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.

Biodiversity Course

Biodiversity course wordmark

Take a virtual expedition with us to investigate the amazing diversity of life on this planet.

Interactive Tools & Games


Cornucopia game

In this game, students level up the farm with green technology to meet the space and water needs of their crops.

Human Odyssey Map

human odyssey map

Watch humanity's 200,000-year migration using this interactive map of archeological, genetic, and climate data.

Macro Color


Magnify the surface of a leaf, feather, shell, and more, using our high-resolution imagery.


Citizen Science Toolkit

Citizen ScienceToolkit

Find tools and structured opportunities to integrate citizen science into your classroom.

Live Webcams

Photo of a diver in the Academy's Philippine Coral Reef exhibit

Be mesmerized by sharks and rays, tropical fish, and waddling penguins. Our webcams stream 24 hours a day.

Bingham + ELI combined donor support

We Thank Our Donors

The W. Richard Bingham Family provides generous support for online educational materials for teachers. 

Environmental Literacy Initiative, major funding provided by

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Teacher Education Sponsors

Teacher Education programs and activities are also generously supported by the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education.

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