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The Academy is committed to refining the educational practice of our own staff, and helping to support those who work in other informal science education institutions.

Attend a Coaching Workshop

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Are you interested in establishing a learning community among your staff that enhances teaching practice and fosters the growth and development of people and their ideas? Join us for the next Coaching Workshop to learn about Reflecting on Practice (RoP™):


  • January 14 - 16, 2019 (9:00am - 5:00pm) - Pacific Science Center, Seattle Washington
  • January 30 - February 1, 2019 (9:00am - 5:00pm) - St. Louis Zoo, Missouri


Learn more


Join our community of practice at the Academy!

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All sessions take place at the Academy from 3-6pm.

Stay tuned! We anticipate hosting workshops in late August 2018, and again from February-March 2019.

Read more about past communities of practice.


Science Action Club

Science Action Club kit

Science Action Club is a comprehensive science and nature learning experience designed for middle school youth in out-of-school time. The full suite of resources includes easy-to-read science curriculum guides, supplies for hands-on nature investigations, custom-configured digital learning tools, and professional development training for afterschool providers.

Learn how to start a club


Past Program: Learning Conversations

Informal Educators

How do conversations facilitate learning, and which strategies are most appropriate for different contexts and learning goals? In this program educators will explore research on learning, methods for engaging learners in learning conversations, and develop reflective tools to use when assessing educational activities. This program is based on the Reflecting on Practice program developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science.


Past Program: Conservation & Sustainability Education

Student makes a sustainable choice

The California Academy of Sciences is pleased to host professional learning programs for informal educators interested in exploring the theory and practice of education within free-choice settings. Our programs immerse educators in best practices for engaging the public with science and sustainability.

This program focuses on the process for creating programs and activities that support learners in engaging with environmentally friendly actions. Participants will engage in a rapid prototyping and iterative design process.


Other Training Opportunities

Reflecting on Practice
Reflecting on Practice (RoP) is a professional learning program and community developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science. The Academy partners with the Hall to deliver some of this curriculum through Professional Learning Programs.

ChangeScale is working to support and advance the cohesiveness, effectiveness, and prominence of the environmental education field in the 12-county San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas.

Cultural Connections
Cultural Connections is a community of Bay Area museum professionals who meet regularly to exchange ideas, share resources, and inspire creativity and action.



Whether you are looking for activity inspiration or best practices in evaluation, these sites are a great place to start.

How to Smile

Find informal education curriculum in math and science.

Exhibit Files

Here you'll find case studies and evaluations on exhibits.

Informal Science

Look up research and evaluation projects and connect to their makers.

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Museum Educators in Training (Informal Educator)

School Programs Internship

This training program is designed to provide an in-depth, hands-on experience for people interested in pursuing a career in informal education. Participants will work alongside the Academy’s Education Staff to learn about the different facets of school programs in a museum.