Dates for the 2018-2019 school year are now available! After submitting your application, you'll receive a confirmation email from us within a week.
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Each year, more than 1,600 schools visit the Academy on a field trip. School field trips are available year-round for school groups bringing grades preK-12, including preschool. Bring one class, or the entire grade!
School field trip reservations are available for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12, including preschool. To receive the group rate, you must bring more than 10 people on your field trip.
San Francisco school groups: Free
Other California school groups: $9.95 per person
Eligibility for discounted rates is at the discretion of the Academy, as subsidized admission is available thanks to generous annual donations to the Academy for All initiative. We are proud to offer heavily discounted admission for schools in California regardless of Title I status—no scholarships necessary. Spread the word!
Seeking a free bus? Schools from the 9 Bay Area counties may be eligible for Transportation Funds from the Environmental Volunteers or Excursion Grants from Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. Schools from Oakland should check out the A to Z Fund.
Generally, field trips can be scheduled on most dates with the exception of holidays and some school breaks. You can even book a weekend visit!
Reserved seats in Planetarium shows are free, but you must request them on the online application to pre-book the seats. Use these Planetarium schedules when planning preferred visit dates to improve your chances of getting seats in your favorite show.
Consider attending on the following dates if you’d like to experience special drop-in programs and presentations:
- September 28, 2018: Cantonese Field Trip Day
- October 12, 2018: Spanish Field Trip Day
- November 9, 2018: Preschool Day
Giants of Land and Sea is our newest exhibit opening June 15 and extending through the next school year. We anticipate closing the Rainforest exhibit for maintenance on May 8-10, 2018; January 22-24, 2019; and May 8-9, 2019.
Find a reserved program
Apr 18, 2019: Become a virtual space traveler and chart your course to the edge of the solar system—in Spanish!
This show is offered daily at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and or 1:30 pm until March 12, 2019.
This show is offered on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30 am throughout the school year.
This show is offered on select Tuesdays at 10:30 am throughout the school year.
This show is offered most Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 am throughout the school year.
You are eligible for a free bus! The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Fund provides all 4th and 5th grade students in San Francisco with free Academy field trips, plus programming and transportation.
Helpful resources for planning your group's visit to the Academy.
The School & Youth Field Trips program is generously supported by BioMarin, John & Marcia Goldman Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education, Marin Community Foundation, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Additional support is provided by the Academy’s local business donors.