• buses lined up outside the Academy
    Free bus transportation is provided for 4th and 5th grade classes in San Francisco!
  • kids in the plants lab
    Your class will get an interactive science experience led by Academy educators.
  • rock fund program table
    Choose from over 10 different program options!
  • tabling at family night
    And be sure to join us for Family Nights in March 2018.

The Rock Fund Program is open and free for all 4th and 5th grade classes in San Francisco. Our goal is to level the playing field in science education. Students, and the teachers and families who support them, get FREE quality science and sustainability education experiences.

Eligibility & Accessibility

The Rock Fund Program is open to all 4th and 5th grade classes in the city of San Francisco, including public, private, and parochial schools. Each of the following features is designed to support participation:

  • FREE field trip bus transportation for school groups not within walking distance
  • FREE educational field trip programs* led by professional educators
  • FREE teacher workshops and hands-on classroom resources

*We have Bilingual Educators! Let us know if any students or chaperones in your class might benefit from activities taught in: Cantonese, Mandarin, or Spanish.

2017-2018 Field Trip Options

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Special Date-Specific Planetarium Presentations

rock program table

Use this printable flyer to help make your scheduling decision for your 2017 - 2018 school year application. To apply, please prepare up to 5 preferred visit dates and prioritize your program choices.
 

 

For Teachers & Classrooms

Teacher Workshops: Want to know more about science and how to teach it in your classroom? Teachers who participate in the Rock Fund Program may take one workshop for free each school year.

Classroom Resources: Did you know there are many ways to utilize the Academy's resources in your own classroom? You can: 

We Support Family Learning too!
siblings exploring during family night

To connect families with fun learning opportunities outside of the classroom, the Rock Fund program also provides the following perks:

  • A pass entitling each student unlimited free admission through August 31, 2018
  • A one-time free family pass to the Academy, and a bilingual activity book for each student
  • Free Family Nights held in March 2018 at the Academy, with multilingual options

Interested in serving as a teacher liaison for your school for one of our Spring Family Nights? Let us know

Find a field trip

Planetarium

Jan 18, 2018: Be a virtual space traveler and chart your course to the edge of the solar system—in Cantonese!

Specimens

Nov-Dec: Look closely and think critically as you examine plants and pollinators from a rainforest ecosystem.

Planetarium

Select Thursdays: Dive with sea otters, explore life hidden within soil, and see networks of life!

Specimens

Sept-May: As an expert Geologist, investigate rocks and their properties to suggest a desalination plant site.

Specimens

Sept-May: Check out carbon, the building block of plants and fossil fuels, and the way it cycles through Earth!

Planetarium

Sept-May: Become a virtual space traveler and chart your course to the edge of the solar system!

Specimens

Next spring, every Thursday from January-April 2018, we reveal a new hands-on program!

Outside in the Park

Sept-Oct, May:Using scientific tools, explore and discover the biodiversity of tiny animals in Golden Gate Park.

Planetarium

Jan 25, 2018: Become a virtual space traveler and chart your course to the edge of the solar system—in Spanish!

Specimens

Jan-May: Get up close and personal with our coral specimens, and discover why they are so colorful.

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Rock Fund Program Sponsors

We Thank our Sponsors

The Enhanced Museum Visits for Students Program is generously supported by the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Fund.