• Coral kit
  • Rainforest kit
  • Skulls kit
  • Skulls workshop
  • Evolution kit
  • Evolution kit ladybugs
  • Owl kit

Kits are portable containers filled with hands-on activities, specimens, educational games, books, DVDs, and more. Attend a kit training to become eligible to borrow a kit to use in your classroom. At the workshop, you will be able to try out all the kit activities, explore the kit materials, and learn all about the content.  Offered every fall, alternating topics year by year.

Rainforest Kit Training (Grades K-3)

Workshop length: 4 hours

Prepare to lead your students on an exploration of tropical rainforests, one of the most fascinating ecosystems on the planet. The Rainforest Kit includes a variety of hands-on activities to bring the rainforest to life in your classroom, supporting standards for grades K - 3. Explore the California Academy of Sciences' Rainforests of the World exhibit and discover ways to connect this unique exhibit with your curriculum.

What topics are included in this kit?

Rainforest layers, animal adaptations, rainforests soils, plant-animal interactions, and more.

Rainforest Kit Training (Grades 4-8)

Workshop length: 4 hours

Bring the rainforest to life in your classroom! Give your students hands-on experiences that will build their understanding of the importance of tropical rainforests and the need for protecting these valuable ecosystems. The Rainforest Kit includes a variety of hands-on activities to bring the rainforest to life in your classroom, targeted at grades 4-8. Explore the California Academy of Sciences' Rainforests of the World exhibit and discover ways to connect this unique exhibit with your curriculum.

 

What topics are included in this kit?

The water cycle in the Amazon, the life cycle of rainforest plants, rainforest conservation challenges, and more.

Coral Kit Training (Grades 3-7)

Workshop length: 4 hours

Dive into the world of the coral reef ecosystem through a variety of engaging, hands-on activities and games. Learn about coral polyp anatomy, the ecological importance of coral reefs, and the critical environmental conditions necessary for coral to survive. Explore the California Academy of Sciences' Philippine coral reef exhibit and discover ways to connect this vibrant exhibit with your classroom curriculum.

 

What topics are included in this kit? 

Coral anatomy, coral reproduction, coral reef ecosystems, human impacts on coral reefs, and more.

Astronomy Kit Trainings (Grades 5-8)

Workshop length: 6 hours

How do we know what we know about the solar system? Explore the planet Mars and discover how our knowledge about this red planet has been built over time. Start by observing the movement of a tiny red dot across the constellations, then see how telescopes transformed our observations. Consider the benefits and challenges of using rovers to learn about distant worlds, and find out how careful planning and critical thinking play a role in space exploration.

What topics are included in this kit?

The motion of the planets around the sun, lenses and telescopes, the topography of Mars, how scientists learn about other planets, and more.

Geology Kit Training (Grades 2-5)

Workshop length: 4 hours

Explore the physical properties of rocks, minerals, and sand through hands-on observation and investigation. Discover the difference between igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, learn about the rock cycle, and trace the mineral resources used to manufacture objects that you use every day.

What topics are included in this kit?

The rock cycle, identifying minerals, the characteristics of sand, and more.

Geology Kit Training (Grades 6-12)

Workshop length: 4 hours

Join us to experience hands-on activities that illuminate the hidden processes of our planet. Learn about the Earth's layers, the movement of tectonic plates, and earthquakes. Take a look back over geologic time and check out some fossils from key points in Earth's history.

What topics are included in this kit?

The earth's layers, earthquakes, tectonic plates, the geologic timeline, and more.

Evolution Kit Training (Grades 7-12)

Workshop length: 4 hours

Evolution is happening all around us. Take part in a workshop that brings evolution to life. Workshop participants will engage in hands-on activities that explore genetic variation, natural selection, adaptation, and other topics. Learn how to make these abstract ideas more concrete for your students, while exercising their observation and communication skills.

What topics are included in this kit?

Variation, adaptation, natural selection, artificial selection, and more.

Owl Pellets Kit Training (Grades K-8)

Workshop length: 2 hours

Discover how to turn a simple owl pellet dissection into a rich, inquiry-based experience for your students. In this workshop, you will practice two different dissection techniques and learn how to use a dichotomous key to identify the bones you find. You will also play an educational board game based on the barn owl's food web, and learn about the natural history of these remarkable birds and their prey.

What topics are included in this kit?

Learning two different techniques for dissecting owl pellets, using a dichotomous key to identify the bones you find, and more.

Skulls Kit Training (Grades K-8)

Workshop length: 2 hours

An animal skull can be an amazing resource for exploring natural history and practicing skills such as observation and interpretation. In this workshop, participants will investigate the skulls of seven Northern Californian mammals and learn some of the differences that distinguish herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores.

What topics are included in this kit?

Adaptation; types of teeth; significance of eye placement; how to identify herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores; and more.