• buses lined up outside the Academy
    Free bus transportation is provided for 4th and 5th grade classes in San Francisco!
  • kids in the plants lab
    Your class will get an interactive science experience led by Academy educators.
  • tabling at family night
    And be sure to join us for Family Nights in spring 2019.

The Rock Fund Program is open and free for all 4th and 5th grade classes in San Francisco. Our goal is to level the playing field in science education. Students, and the teachers and families who support them, get FREE quality science and sustainability education experiences.

Eligibility & Accessibility

The Rock Fund Program is open to all 4th and 5th grade classes in the city of San Francisco, including public, private, and parochial schools. Each of the following features is designed to support participation:

  • FREE field trip transportation for school groups not within walking distance: ask us about available bus scholarships!
  • FREE educational field trip programs* led by professional educators
  • FREE teacher workshops and hands-on classroom resources

*We have Bilingual Educators! Let us know if any students or chaperones in your class might benefit from activities taught in: Cantonese, Mandarin, or Spanish.

2018-2019 Field Trip Options

Select from the following program options that connect to NGSS content at your grade level:

4th Grade

5th Grade


Rock Program Menu

Use this printable flyer to help make your scheduling decision for your 2018-2019 school year application. To apply, please prepare up to 5 preferred visit dates and prioritize your program choices.


For Teachers & Classrooms

Teacher Workshops
Want to know more about science and how to teach it in your classroom? Teachers who participate in the Rock Fund Program may take one workshop for free each school year.

Classroom Resources
Did you know there are many ways to utilize the Academy's resources in your own classroom? You can: 

Bilingual Field Trip Days
Consider attending on the following dates, in addition to your one free Rock Fund Field Trip per year. Fill out another field trip application to attend on one of these dates, without applying as part of the Rock Fund Program.  

Because these events are held outside of the Rock Fund Program, you will be responsible for transportation costs, but admission for San Francisco schools is free!

We Support Family Learning, too!
siblings exploring during family night

To connect families with fun learning opportunities outside of the classroom, the Rock Fund program also provides the following perks:

  • A pass entitling each student unlimited free admission through August 31, 2019
  • A one-time free family pass to the Academy, and a bilingual activity book for each student
  • Free Family Nights held in spring 2019 at the Academy, with multilingual options

Interested in serving as a teacher liaison for your school for one of our Spring Family Nights? Let us know. 

Rock Fund Program Sponsors

We Thank our Sponsors

The Enhanced Museum Visits for Students Program is generously supported by the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Fund.