|Academy Education staff
in the Skulls exhibit..
A new Student Member category is created by constitutional
amendment. Young members hold meetings, attend classes and
participate in field trips, group projects and experiments.
The Student Section becomes the Junior Academy, offering classes,
workshops and field trips for youth. Adult courses are soon
The Docent Council is established. Docents-in-training complete
a rigorous course of instruction by Academy scientists before
leading tours and explaining science concepts in the museum.
In a few years, they will drive the SuperVan to Bay Area schools
to present hands-on science programs in classrooms.
The first annual BioForum brings Bay Area science teachers
together with Academy and guest scientists to discuss leading-edge
research in science and natural history.
The desire to make science real and relevant to youth prompts
the creation of programs like Camp Academy, Wild City!, the
Mountain Lake Research Project and S.F. Bay: 2K.
Biology | Botany
| Engaging People with Science and Nature
Staff and volunteers of the Education Division share their passion
for the natural sciences with tens of thousands of tots, teens,
teachers and life-long learners every year. They foster learning
through innovative programming, hands-on activities, tours, lectures,
demonstrations, classes and field trips.
This hands-on program provides opportunies to targeted 4th and 5th
grade classes in the San Francisco Unified School District. Over five
weeks, students learn about the biodiversity in their urban environment,
conduct schoolyard habitat surveys, and restore natural areas in San
This youth development program provides long-term, paid, work experience
in science and science education for teens and young adults
many from communities traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.
Participants are trained to teach scientific concepts to museum visitors
and are highly involved in managing their own program and mentoring
as Classroom (MAC)
Exhibits and Education staff have collaborated since 2000 on MAC,
an innovative learning laboratory for enhancing the understanding
of science. Elementary school students develop research questions,
explore their interests using the Academys object-rich resources,
then design exhibits that teach others what they have learned.