School-Day Field Trips
School day field trips include:
1-hour of guided hands-on investigations aligned with NGSS and Amplify science standards -- activities building electromagnets, dissecting squid, constructing motor toys, observing insect life cycles, and much more.
30-minutes of unstructured, free exploration time to discover our exhibits, animals, and our expansive collection of bones, instruments, magnets, insects, rocks, microscopes, and more.
Build a homemade scooter! Explore dry ice! Wire a scribble-bot! Ride our homemade hovercraft!
We partner with local community groups such as YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Jamestown and many more, to host students for after-school programs.
Our after-school programs give students the chance to design their own projects and curriculum based on their own interests, and spend more time in the workshop outside of the school day.
Drop-in! for Free!
Want to come visit, build and explore -- after-school or on the weekend? We have several (free!) drop-in programs for you to visit. During these programs, we open our doors to the community, where scientists of all ages can explore our space at no cost.
Every Tuesday after-school at Excelsior Site
Every Tuesday of the school year, 3pm - 5pm
Second Saturday at Mission Site
Every 2nd Saturday of each month of the school year, 10am to 3pm
Third Saturday at Excelsior Site
Every 3rd Saturday of each month of the school year, 10am to 3pm
Fourth Saturday at Bayview Site
Every 4th Saturday of each month of the school year, 10am to 3pm
Whale on Wheels!
Our Whale on Wheels program is one of the most exciting programs we offer! In this program, we travel with our real gray whale skeleton, Gracie, and bring her to school and youth program sites! After guided discussions regarding evolution, marine life, sustainability, and comparative anatomy -- students get the chance to assemble Gracie's skeleton like a giant puzzle.
Our Whale on Wheels program has been deeply impactful because it provides students the opportunity to actually touch and hold real whale bones, and see first-hand the magnitude of this incredible animal! After this experience, students become more invested in protecting marine life and becoming stewards for our oceans.