California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary Celebration
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Academy Education staff in the Skulls exhibit..
DEPARTMENT MILESTONES

1941
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.

1965
The Student Section becomes the Junior Academy, offering classes, workshops and field trips for youth. Adult courses are soon added.

1969
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.

1984
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.

1990s
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.

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Education | Engaging People with Science and Nature

Reaching Out
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.

Wild City!
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 Francisco.
Careers in Science
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 their peers.

Museum 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 Academy’s object-rich resources, then design exhibits that teach others what they have learned.

 

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California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary Celebration