Investigating worms

Our online workshops take place on Zoom and are highly interactive. All workshops include both whole group and small group activities.

How can we help all young learners to engage with and learn from the world around them? In this in-person outdoor workshop, we will model strategies for supporting the youngest learners to explore, ask questions, and investigate outside.

It’s a great time to take your teaching outdoors! Just outside your classroom door, you may find the keys to unlocking your students’ curiosity and creativity. We are excited to return to the grounds around the California Academy of Sciences for this, our first in-person teacher workshop since the start of the pandemic. We will follow all local health and safety guidelines in place at the time of the workshop, to ensure safety and comfort for all participants.

Bring your inner child with you to experience a learning sequence that helps young children to become active and engaged explorers. The workshop is based around our “super noticer series,” and you will leave with a set of lessons you can use right away in any outdoor setting. We will demonstrate ways to lead this learning equitably, and you will have the opportunity to talk with fellow educators and apply strategies to your own unique teaching context.

We hope you’ll join us for a rejuvenating time outdoors in Golden Gate Park, and a chance to connect with other teachers of young children. This workshop is designed for Kindergarten - 2nd grade teachers, but teachers of younger or older students may also find it valuable. All educators are welcome.

Please note: We previously offered an online version of the "Let's Go Outside" workshop.  This session will repeat much of the same content, updated for the in-person context.

Saturday October 16th, 2021
9:00 am to noon 


What K-2 teachers say about this workshop

"It was well executed and clear, easy to follow and full of good ideas."

"I love that these are things I could do next week, or they could be done for foundational skill building at the beginning of a school year."

"It felt developmentally appropriate and joyful - full of light and love."

"Tangible, realistic lessons and time to hear from other educators about what is working"

"I loved how this was engaging, intimate, accessible, hands-on."



How do I join?

This workshop will take place at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Most of the session will be spent outdoors, and all local health and safety guidelines will be followed. 

Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $35 for this 3-hour workshop. A limited number of tickets are available, and registration will close on or before Thursday, October 14, 2021.


COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing

  • Guests ages 12 and above will need to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours to enter the museum, effective August 27, 2021. Acceptable forms of proof include paper vaccination card, photo of valid vaccination card, or digital vaccination card.
  • Visitors ages 18 years and over will also be required to provide photo ID in order to verify that the proof of vaccination or negative test result is their own.
  • Acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test must include name, date, and type of test, and indication that the result was negative for COVID-19.

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