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The Academy Salutes Teachers & CSEA Members

by evan on Apr. 29th, 2011 29 Comments

During the month of May 2011, the California Academy of Sciences will offer free admission to school teachers and California School Employees Association (CSEA) members in honor of their service to our communities!

Are you a full-time, part-time, substitute, or student teacher? Do you work as a non-profit educator? If you are employed as a professional instructor, whether in a formal or informal learning environment, you are invited to take advantage of this offer! It doesn’t matter if your students are preschoolers or college students.

To participate, individuals must show a valid photo ID, in addition to some form of proof of employment, such as a payroll stub from the school district, an employee badge, or a membership card from the CSEA.

Note that this offer applies to one individual general admission only. While you can’t bring in others with your free “Teacher’s Pass,” you can certainly invite them along!

Visit us during regular admission hours (M-Sat 9:30am – 5:00pm, Sun 11am – 5:00pm) to claim your free admission, as this promotion does not apply to Free 3rd Wednesdays, NightLife, or other Special Events.

And as always, help spread the word!

29 Comments So Far

  1. Andrea on May. 1st, 2011 at 10:58 AM


    I was wondering if this is also applicable to homeschool teachers. If so, what proof would you like to see? Would a copy of our homeschool affadavit work?

    Thank you,

  2. megan on May. 1st, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Hey Andrea,

    Yes, homeschool teachers apply! A copy of your affadavit will work perfectly. For those who don’t have their affadavit handy, documentation from your individual study school or charter school will also work.

    Thanks for the question, and we hope to see you at the Academy!

  3. Kelleen Farrell on May. 1st, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Does this include former teachers who were laid off and formed their own tutoring company?

  4. megan on May. 1st, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Hey Kelleen,

    Unfortunately, private tutoring companies are not eligible, but I do commend you for helping students succeed!

  5. SK on May. 1st, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    What a wonderful offer. I will publish this in the faculty section of the school bulletin immediately!

  6. Jim McCammon on May. 1st, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Does this also apply to retired teachers? Would a paystub from STRS provide proof? Jim

  7. megan on May. 1st, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Hey Jim,

    Yes, retired teachers are also invited to receive free admission to the Academy in May. A paystub from the State Teachers Retired System will provide more than adequate proof. Thanks for checking!

  8. camille on May. 2nd, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    My school does not provide photo id. will pay stubs or a copy of a contract work?

  9. megan on May. 2nd, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Yes, we understand that school districts do not always have photo ID faculty badges. Just bring a copy of your normal photo ID (e.g., driver’s license) with a name that matches your pay stub or contract.

  10. Ismael on May. 2nd, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    I’m wondering if university professionals who teach a class can come for free?

  11. megan on May. 2nd, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    If you teach at the university, sure. If you have another role at the university, you may not be eligible.

  12. Kimberly on May. 2nd, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    just wondering if my son who is 2 can come in with me for free too

  13. megan on May. 2nd, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Hey Kimberly,

    Admission is free for all children ages 3 and under, so your son can certainly join you for free.

    For others interested in bringing family along, see https://www.calacademy.org/tickets/

  14. Ali on May. 2nd, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    I am a student teacher and I will be getting my credential in June. I am not paid to teacher, but I am working in the classroom. Would be be able to bring proof that we are in a credentialing program?

  15. megan on May. 2nd, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Ali – yep!

  16. GT on May. 3rd, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    does this apply to teachers ONLY or can any school district employee be eligible for this promotion? (ie. psychologists, therapists, aides, principals, etc)
    thank you!

  17. megan on May. 3rd, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Hey GT,

    If you are a member of CSEA then your occupation doesn’t matter, because we are opening the promotion up to all CSEA members. But if not, then you must be an actual teacher. Thanks for the question!

  18. Darcie magana on May. 9th, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Not a teacher but work for a school district can I get a free ticket to take some kids?

  19. megan on May. 10th, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Hey Darcie,

    This promotion is targeting teachers themselves, not their students. We do have heavily discounted field trip rates, as well as free days for general visitors. If you work for a school district and have a CSEA membership card, you can get in for free, but you’d have to purchase tickets for the kids.

  20. A.S. on May. 17th, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Will a California teachers association(cta) card work instead of a csea?

  21. megan on May. 17th, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Hey A.S.,

    Great question, but the promotion was only set up through CSEA, so CTA may not work. If you are a teacher, just show another form of ID.

  22. Bill on May. 17th, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Should you buy tickets ahead of time, or do you need towait in line to take advantage of this offer the day you attend? I only ask because the last time I attended on a weekend I wished that I had bought tickets online.

  23. megan on May. 18th, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    Hey Bill,

    For your own free ticket, you must approach the ticket window on the day of your visit. For any other tickets, you can purchase them in advance.

  24. Douglas Keachie on May. 27th, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    I am considering buying my daughter a family membership for $199 or $250. Is there any promo code i can use? I am a retired teacher, and live 160 miles away, but my daughter is in Novato.

    It should be possible for me to get her and her husband the cards, but also for me to go in under their membership to take the kids , my grandkids, by myself, no? If not, you might want to make some changes, and do a promotion for others in our situation, where I can only get there a couple of times a year..

  25. Jan on May. 28th, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    I didn’t see any exclusion dates for visiting. I know this weekend 29th/30th May is peak period; will I still be able to get in? I will be purchasing an extra admission on line and don’t want to get to the academy only to be informed there is no admission for me.

  26. megan on May. 29th, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    I don’t believe this will be a problem, but you can call the Academy’s information line to check!

  27. megan on May. 29th, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Hey Douglas,
    I’m not sure about any promo codes for buying gift memberships, but if you call the Academy main line, they will answer your questions about which family members apply to each membership level, and how to put the appropriate names on the account to help out with your particular situation.

  28. allison on Mar. 2nd, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    What is the day for 2012 that teachers receive one free general admission? You mentioned you did one for May 2011…….
    Thank you for your time and support;)

    SFUSD teacher

  29. rochelle on Mar. 2nd, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    We try each year to have a month that recognizes all the great work teachers do. While we certainly hope that we will be able to do this again in 2012, we do not yet have definite dates. Stay tuned for more info!

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