• Distance Learning programs
    Online programs for your classroom, on your schedule!
  • Flipside Science: a youth-powered design-thinking series
    Flipside Science: a youth-powered design-thinking series
  • Borrow a kit filled with specimens, games, and lessons
    Borrow a kit filled with specimens, games, and lessons
  • Habitat Earth HD: stream or download our Planetarium show!
    Habitat Earth HD: stream or download our Planetarium show!
  • How Science Works
    Browse online courses for your own professional development
  • Read Educator Guides for the Academy's iconic exhibits
    Read Educator Guides for the Academy's iconic exhibits

Can't make it to the Academy? We offer a wide breadth of resources that can impact your teaching from afar. Whether you are looking for kits of classroom materials, lesson plans, science videos, distance learning programs, or full courses, the Academy has science teaching resources galore.

Lesson Plans


Looking for ideas to spice up your science teaching? Our activity database features full-period lessons to integrate into your normal curriculum, activities to focus your field trip, or ideas for extending the museum visit into the classroom.


Science Notebook Corner

science notebook corner

Based on years of experience training upper elementary school teachers in the Bay Area, we've designed a how-to resource for teachers everywhere to illustrate how you can easily and successfully integrate science notebooks into your own classroom.

Get ready to use science notebooks for scientific reasoning and meaning-making, in a way that supports hands-on scientific inquiry!


Habitat Earth in the Classroom

Habitat Earth HD science lessons

We’re pleased to announce the launch of Habitat Earth HD, a special version of our award-winning planetarium show made specifically for educators. The show, which is now free to watch online, is complemented by a suite of science-rich media designed specifically for classrooms and informal learning environments.


Flipside Science

Academy youth in Flipside Science, water module

Flipside Science is a youth-powered series that tackles complex environmental topics and empowers viewers to make a difference. This engaging and upbeat collection of videos, hosted by Academy youth, explores how local communities are addressing environmental problems with innovative solutions. Designed with a middle-school audience in mind, Flipside Science features media-rich units perfect for educators looking to engage their students in design thinking activities around environmental issues.


Distance Learning

An educator holds a skull in front of a web camera.

Can't make it all the way to San Francisco? We now invite groups of students to interact in a live connection with Academy experts, animals, and collections over the internet!


Online Courses & Guides

Created by Academy educators and scientists, the following are excellent resources for educators interested in improving their own science content knowledge, or finding compelling media assets for use in the classroom.

iTunes U Courses

What are earthquakes? How does the process of science really work? Dive deep into these topics with free courses designed with our partners at KQED and UCMP.


Drawing on the deep knowledge of Academy scientists, educators, and video producers, this seven-part course explains biodiversity and its importance throughout the world.

Educator Exhibit Guides

Explore key concepts to guide your students’ experience on a field trip, or just find out about our scientific research happening behind-the-scenes.

Infographics in the Classroom Toolkit

This toolkit provides ideas, strategies, and resources to help teachers incorporate the study of infographics into middle school and high school science curricula.

Citizen Science Toolkit

How can you easily integrate citizen science into the classroom? First, peruse this diverse selection of activities and projects that you can use as-is or adapt to fit the context of your school site.

Using Media in the Classroom

To help you better understand strategies for integrating media into your teaching, we've crafted model activities that fulfill a variety of purposes.

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Be the first to hear about distance learning programs, upcoming workshops, and new resources for science learning.

Science Video Vault

Our collection of educational videos will help your students visualize data and understand scientific concepts.

We Thank Our Donors

The W. Richard Bingham Family provides generous support for online educational materials for teachers.

Teacher Education programs and activities are also generously supported by an anonymous donor, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, Genentech, the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education, and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

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