Teachers’ Lounge

Enjoy a drink on us at NightLife!

by megan on May. 28th, 2010 7 Comments

For the entire month of June, school teachers presenting valid proof of employment at the event entrance will receive a free drink ticket at NightLife.

New to NightLife? Every Thursday evening from 6pm Р10pm, visitors ages 21 and older can enjoy music, science, entertainment and cocktails, while experiencing the Academy’s world-class exhibits and having fun with friends. Each weekly installment features something new and different, and the DJs, demonstration, and program lineup are often aligned along a selected theme. For only $12, you can experience all of our exhibits, including the roof, the Planetarium, and the Aquarium. Admission to our Extreme Mammals exhibit is also included!

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NightLife Promotional Poster

7 Comments So Far

  1. Napa Teacher on Jun. 1st, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    I appreciate that you’re reaching out to teachers. In our district the main impediment to field trips is the cost of the bus.

    It’s about $300.00 for a round trip to San Francisco! Since most of the families at our school are low-income, field trips are a luxury, and they shouldn’t be.

    Any chance for bus scholarships? That would make it possible for our children, who really need exposure to the “outside” world, a possilibity.

    Thank you.

  2. megan on Jun. 2nd, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Yes, we realize how bus fares are a remarkable cost barrier! You may not believe it, but bus rentals even within the 7-mile radius of San Francisco can cost up to $500. So I definitely understand your quandary. Unfortunately, as a non-profit museum, the Academy can not offer scholarships unless they are backed by a very, very generous funder (individual, government, grant, or corporation). We are still working on creating these connections. It will take some time, but all of my fingers and toes are crossed.

    Thank so much for expressing your dillemma. Your words are the “ammunition” that I use to convince others of funding needs!

  3. SF teacher on Jun. 3rd, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    The Discovery Museum in Sausalito, as well as the Randall Museum in SF have funding that makes it possible for them to provide transportation for school groups on scholarship visits. They limit the number of classrooms per school, but it still enables a sizable number of kids access to these museums. Perhaps CAS can find out how these smaller museums obtained their funding.

  4. Ms. Maria Mow on Jun. 26th, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Hello! I am a classroom teacher at San Francisco,CA. as well. I, too would want to take my students to places where they have never been able to go before. Would you tell me how to go about applying for a free bus to go on certain field trip that muni bus would not be able to take us?
    Pls tell me the procedures of applying for such this summer so I have plenty of time to prepare! Thank You! Maria

  5. megan on Jun. 27th, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Hey Maria,

    The only free bus service that we can provide is through the Rock Program (http://www.calacademy.org/teachers/rockprogram), which serves 4th and 5th grade teachers in San Francisco. Applications are currently being processed on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you teach either of those grades, I’d apply soon.

    As other teachers have suggested, you can dig around for LOTS of field trip opportunities in the Bay Area, many of which provide transportation scholarships. It just depends on the grade level and subject matter you are targeting. Your school or district should also provide resources in this regard. If you gave me a targeted request, I may be able to do some scouting for you.

    Good luck!

  6. SF teacher on Jul. 2nd, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    How about car pooling? Haven’t you thought of that? Surely teachers and some parents have cars, and maybe school district reimbursements for gas would be offered. All CA drivers have insurance so getting the message out to teachers and parents to pool their cars together could be the answer.

  7. G.Burns on Dec. 8th, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    A transportation scholarship would help enable our low income, primarily farm worker population, first time exposure to all of the great experiences that the Ca Academy of Science Offers. To change a child’s life by allowing access to your museum, no matter what their zip code, is a great opportunity to make a real difference.

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