• An educator points to a worksheet while standing in front of a web camera.
    Academy educators are ready to connect with your students virtually.
  • Two educators draw a leaf during a distance learning program.
    Choose a distance learning program for your San Francisco school this fall!
  • 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 once the museum reopens!

Concerned about science education during COVID? We've got your class covered!

Free live online programs for San Francisco classrooms

The Rock Fund Program is open to all kindergarten - 5th grade classes from San Francisco schools, whether public, private, or parochial.

Our goal is to connect and support all students, teachers, and schools in science education in a way that students feel that science and nature are for them, and can see how science and nature are relevant to their lives and communities.

In lieu of in-person field trips during this spring semester, we have devised a menu of live online programs.

Individualized one-time virtual programs

If you have not yet participated in a program this school year, please email us at therockprogram@calacademy.org to request your free program from one of the options below. We will do our best to schedule a program on a date and time that works well for your class.

Each program is taught by a professional educator who converses directly with your students via webcam and microphone. Students will also interact with educators through polls, chat box and hands-on activities, as age appropriate.

Teachers may opt to join the Academy Zoom Room or our educators can join your classroom's Zoom room once you allow permission.


Art & Science

  • Nature is a muse that inspires artists and scientists to imagine, design and create their work. Students will find their own inspiration from nature, and learn how to scientifically sketch a natural object.

Waddle Like a Penguin

  • Discover how the unique adaptations of African Penguins help them to survive in their ocean habitat. Students will waddle and swim like a penguin while observing our live penguin colony.


Mystery Skulls

  • Although skulls can't talk, they can communicate a lot! Students will become Science Detectives, seeking out clues to identify the animal skulls, and collect evidence about what adaptations help them survive in their environments.


Exploring Collections

  • Looking closely at various personal and scientific collections, students explore ways that scientists share information by diving deeper into the how and why of scientific sketching. 

Recordings from past webinars remain accessible at the program webpages below, if you are looking for additional content or wish to use the videos asynchronously.



A shaded path winds through trees.

Teaching classes in person with your students? If you are interested in having Academy educators come teach in an outdoor space at or near your San Francisco school with physical distancing protocols in place, email therockprogram@calcademy.org.

    We Thank our Sponsors

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