Dates through June 5, 2020, are now available.
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Each year, more than 1,600 schools visit the Academy on a field trip. School field trips are available for formal school groups bringing grades preK-12, including preschool, on a trip with their classroom teacher. Bring one class, or the entire grade!
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 receive free admission.
For other California school groups, pricing is as follows:
- Through December 20, 2019: $9.95 per person
- From January 6, 2020 - June 5, 2020: $11.25 per person
Eligibility for these discounted rates is at the discretion of the Academy, as subsidized admission is available thanks to generous annual donations to the Academy for All initiative. We are proud to offer the heavily discounted admission prices listed above to all schools in California, regardless of Title I status. Spread the word!
Generally, field trips can be scheduled on most dates with the exception of holidays and some school breaks. You can even book a weekend visit!
Reserved seats in Planetarium shows are free, but you must request them on the online application to pre-book the seats. Use these Planetarium schedules when planning preferred visit dates to improve your chances of getting seats in your favorite show.
We anticipate closing the Rainforest dome for maintenance on September 10-12, 2019; January 21-22, 2020; and May 12-14, 2020.
Nature Day is September 27, 2019.
Preschool Day is on October 23, 2019.
Our new exhibit, Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity runs through mid-January.
Consider attending on the following dates if you'd like to experience special drop-in programs for English Language Learners:
- November 1, 2019: Cantonese Field Trip Day
Schools from Oakland should check out the A to Z Fund.
Target provides field trip grants of up to $700; note that the deadline to apply is October 1, 2019, for trips occurring January-June 2020.
Do you teach elementary school in San Francisco? The Rock Fund Program, currently open to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes, provides needs-based transportation scholarships, in addition to free educational programming for your field trip.
Find a reserved program
Apr 16, 2020: Become a virtual space traveler and chart your course to the edge of the solar system—in Spanish!
This show is offered daily at 12:30 pm through May 1, 2020.
This show is offered on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30 am throughout the school year.
This show is offered on select Tuesdays at 10:30 am throughout the school year.
This show is offered daily at 11:30am through May 1, 2020.
This show is offered most Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 am throughout the school year.
During the 2019-2020 school year, the Rock Fund Program is open to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes in the city of San Francisco. This unique opportunity includes free field trip programming and needs-based transportation scholarships.
Helpful guides for planning your group's visit to the Academy.
The School & Youth Field Trips program is generously supported by an a Anonymous donor, BioMarin, Genentech, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education, Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, and Union Bank. Additional support is provided by the Academy’s local business donors.