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Virtual Programs are live, interactive programs that connect your class to Academy collections, animals, and exhibits over the internet.  Requiring nothing more than a computer with a reliable internet connection, speakers, and a projector or monitor, these sessions will bring excitement to your science curriculum.

Connect your students to the Academy over the internet

Our educators will be available on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am to 3:00pm PT starting in November 2019. We can start one of our live, interactive programs at a time that fits your schedule.

Choose a program from the menu below. Then book a time on that program's teaching calendar so we can meet with your students virtually!
 

 

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Waddle like a Penguin (Grades K - 2)

African Penguin Colony

Penguins don’t fly, but they still share features with all birds: Wings, a Beak, and Feathers, Oh My!

Day of Week: Wednesdays
Duration: 20-40 minutes
Target Audience: Kindergarten - 2nd graders in schools, libraries, homeschool groups, and more

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Mystery Skulls (Grades 3-5) NEW!

Skull mounted

Although skulls can't talk, they can communicate a lot with their teeth and eye sockets!

Day of Week: Tuesdays
Duration: 40 - 60 minutes
Target Audience: 3rd - 5th graders in schools, libraries, homeschool groups, and more

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Planet Heroes: Food Choices (Grades 4 - 8)

Educator teaching

Design solutions to benefit Earth's ecosystems by examining our food choices!

Day of Week: Thursdays
Duration: 40-60 minutes depending on your schedule
Target Audience: 4th-8th graders in schools, libraries, homeschool groups, and more

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Starting in January 2020!

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Science Storytime: Pierre the Penguin (K-2) NEW!

Pierre the Penguin Book cover

Join us for Science Storytime as we read together about one of the Academy's most famous residents, Pierre the Penguin.

Day of Week: Tuesdays (starting January 2020)
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Target Audience: Kindergarten - 2nd graders in schools, libraries, homeschool groups, and more

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Artistic Inspiration in Nature (K-3) NEW!

California Coast

Explore how nature inspires art and we'll each make a scientific sketch!

Day of Week: Wednesdays (starting January 2020)
Duration: 30-40 minutes
Target Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd graders in schools, libraries, homeschool groups, and more

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Rainforest Meals: Adaptations for Eating (Grades 3 - 4)

Rainforest Materials

Explore the adaptations for eating in some amazing rainforest animals and closely observe the skulls of a few of the organisms we meet.

Day of Week: Thursdays (starting January 2020)
Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
Target Audience: 3rd-4th graders in schools, libraries, homeschool groups, and more

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Virtual Programs are interactive, online sessions designed for groups

Participation is open to all schools, homeschoolers, libraries, hospitals, and other organizations that serve K-8 students. We recommend serving no more than 65 students in a single session. Payment is not taken at booking, but is due before we can deliver your program.

Pricing Options

$70 per session
Title I Discount: 50% off
Bulk Discount: 20% off
(pre-book 5+ sessions)

Multilingual Support

We have bilingual educators!
Let us know if any students in your class might benefit from activities taught in Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin.

Connecting is Easy

All you'll need is a computer with an internet connection, speakers loud enough for your class to hear, and a display large enough for your class to see.

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Distance Learning Price Range

Distance Learning Prices
Virtual Program session: $70     Title I Discount: 50% off                 Bulk Discount: 20% off                   (pre-book 5+ sessions)                 

Student Education Sponsors

We Thank Our Donors

Student Education programs and activities are generously supported by the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education; Barbara Bakar; and Wendy W. Kwok.