Dates for the 2017-2018 school year are now available! After submitting your application, you'll receive a confirmation email from us within a week.
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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!
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: $9.95 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.
Generally, field trips can be scheduled on all dates with the exception of Free Days and holidays. 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.
If your students would benefit from multilingual programs, we recommend visiting on one of the following special dates:
Closure dates are as follows and are subject to change:
Planetarium: October 23-25, 2017; Rainforest: Sept 5-Oct 12, 2017; Jan 24-25, 2018; May 8-10, 2018
Find a reserved program
This show is offered daily at 10:30am, 11:30am, and/or 1:30pm starting March 19, 2018.
This show is offered daily at 10:30am, 11:30am, and/or 1:30pm through March 13, 2018.
This show is offered most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30am through June 2018.
This show is offered on Tuesdays at 10:30 am from December 2017 - March 2018.
Jan 25, 2018: Become a virtual space traveler and chart your course to the edge of the solar system—in Spanish!
This show is offered most Mondays and Fridays at 10:30am through June 2018.
You are eligible for a free bus! The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Fund provides all 4th and 5th grade students in San Francisco with free Academy field trips, plus programming and transportation.
Helpful resources for planning your group's visit to the Academy.
The School & Youth Field Trips program is generously supported by Anonymous, BioMarin, Genentech, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Google, Inc., the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education, Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Union Bank. Additional support is provided by the Academy’s local business donors.