Field Trips

For Elementary Schools.

All activities are FREE!

While field trips are free for SFUSD schools, transportation may not be provided. For help funding transportation to these field trips, check out the Target Field Trip Grants or Transportation Funds from Environmental Volunteers. If you are at a Title 1 school, please also explore the SFUSD Science Enrichment Pathway, which may cover transportation for some field trips.

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CARBON NEUTRALITY
 

Power in the City

 25 points 

Learn about urban power generation by exploring renewable energy sources on-site and options for using power sustainably at school and at home. Learn more.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades 4-12

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WATER RESILIENCE

Turning the Tide

​​​ 25 points ​​​​

Water, the basis of life as we know it, is an incredibly dynamic and important substance. Explore the phases of water, sea level rise, and how we can help maintain water’s balance on planet Earth in this 1 hour long, NGSS aligned program at the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park. Learn more and sign up.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades 1-3

Planting for a Healthy Planet

​​​ 25 points ​​​​ Cross-listed under Connection to Nature

Learn how to take care of our environment through place appropriate planting by field sketching and working with drought-tolerant and water-loving plants on site. Learn more.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades 2-12

Guided Tours of the Bay Model

 25 points 

Bay Model is a scale hydraulic model of the Bay and Delta.  We simulate the tides and currents of the Bay.  An excellent place to learn about the SF Bay watershed and how human activities impact the Bay ecosystems.  Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am-4pm. Learn more and call 415-289-3007 to schedule and personalize your experience.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades 3-6

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ZERO WASTE
 

Beach Cleanup

 25 points 

Take your students to visit Ocean Beach or Baker Beach for a 1-2 hour cleanup and collect data on the plastics you find. To schedule, email Eva at RAP@sf.surfrider.org with the subject line "Beach Cleanup for (Your School), Earth Day Every Day".

Optionally, take it full circle by reusing the (cleaned) plastics your students find to create ocean pollution-inspired art with SF Surfrider Foundation volunteers back in your classroom. Art pieces may be included in the Surfrider Foundation's annual gallery show, "Message in a Bottle". Find this as a separate activity under Classroom Presentations.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

All grades

Full Cycle

 25 points 

Investigate how the city recycles materials by learning about our compost bins, worm bin, and composting toilet (one of the city’s first), and observing microorganisms under a microscope. Learn more and sign up.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades 3-5, but can make exceptions for Middle and High schools

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CONNECTION TO NATURE

Restoring Diversity: The Wetlands of Heron’s Head Park

​​ 25 points ​​​​ 

Wetlands are hotspots for life, providing habitat, food, and water for a wide diversity of living things. Learn more about these extraordinary ecosystems by exploring the restored wetland in Heron’s Head Park and the constructed wetland in the EcoCenter itself during this 1 hour long, NGSS aligned program. Learn more and sign up.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades 3-5

Native Plant Explorers

​​ 25 points ​​​​ 

Get up close and personal with California native plants at the EcoCenter and around Heron’s Head Park. Discover the importance of native plants to local wildlife and Bay Area peoples while exploring native plants in the field in this 1 hour long, NGSS aligned program. Learn more and sign up.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades 3-5

Rock Fund Program

​​ 25 points ​​​​ 

The Rock Fund Program provides a free field trip to the California Academy of Sciences, free field trip bus transportation for school groups not within walking distance, and free educational field trip programs led by professional educators (we have bilingual staff, too!). Select from program options that connect to NGSS content at your grade level such as: SF Geology, Earthquakes, African Ecosystems, Plants & Carbon and more! Learn more and register.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades 2-5

Eco Heroes

​​ 25 points ​​​​ 

What does it take to be an Eco Hero? Students will discover ways they can help protect the environment and care for our animal neighbors in this 1 hour long, NGSS aligned program at the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park. Learn more and sign up.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades K-2

Planting for a Healthy Planet

​​ 25 points ​​​​ Cross-listed under Water Resilience

Learn how to take care of our environment through place appropriate planting by field sketching and working with drought-tolerant and water-loving plants on site. Learn more.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades 2-12

Our Shared Habitat

​​ 25 points ​​​​

Explore the various habitat examples on the site through a scavenger hunt and learn how to help create a biodiverse and interdependent city through stewardship. Learn more and sign up.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades K-12

Urban Food Systems

​​ 25 points ​​​​

Discover how to grow healthy, sustainable food in the city by helping us care for our food garden. Learn more.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades 4-12

California Academy of Sciences

 25 points ​​​​

The Academy is the only place where you'll find an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum all under one living roof. Book a planetarium show, enjoy drop-in presentations, and explore endless exhibits! 

 

School field trips to the California Academy of Sciences are available year-round for school groups bringing grades preK-12, including preschool. Bring one class, or the entire grade! Admission is FREE for San Francisco schools. Learn more and apply.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

All grades

Habitat Restoration and Stewardship Work

 25 points ​​​​

Become a Park Steward and help restore unique San Francisco coastal habitat at Lands End, Fort Funston, and along the Presidio coastal bluffs. Our program offers great opportunity for those interested in ecological science. Enhance your studies, explore new habitats, and learn about local wildlife and plants with us. Weekly volunteer activities focus on weeding in the summer and planting in the winter, as well as seed collection, landscape beautification, and trail maintenance. Email Yakuta Poonawalla at ypoonawalla@parksconservancy.org to schedule.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

All Grades

Youth Stewardship Program: Sense of Place

 25 points ​​​​

YSP offers two programs to choose from: YSP Full (5 trips) and YSP Abbreviated (1- 3 trips). Each program trip can be tailored to meet the needs of teachers and fall within one of our five themes: Sense of Place, Plant Adaptation, Water and Soil, Animal Adaptation and Interdependence.  Each program trip includes an environmental education and habitat restoration component. All programs are free of cost and include an introductory in-class presentation. Learn more and apply

Field Trip - Partner visits school, Partner hosts

Grades 1-12

Youth Stewardship Program: Plant Adaptations

 25 points ​​​​

YSP offers two programs to choose from: YSP Full (5 trips) and YSP Abbreviated (1- 3 trips). Each program trip can be tailored to meet the needs of teachers and fall within one of our five themes: Sense of Place, Plant Adaptation, Water and Soil, Animal Adaptation and Interdependence.  Each program trip includes an environmental education and habitat restoration component. All programs are free of cost and include an introductory in-class presentation. Learn more and apply

Field Trip - Partner visits school, Partner hosts

Grades 1-12

Youth Stewardship Program: Water and Soil

 25 points ​​​​

YSP offers two programs to choose from: YSP Full (5 trips) and YSP Abbreviated (1- 3 trips). Each program trip can be tailored to meet the needs of teachers and fall within one of our five themes: Sense of Place, Plant Adaptation, Water and Soil, Animal Adaptation and Interdependence.  Each program trip includes an environmental education and habitat restoration component. All programs are free of cost and include an introductory in-class presentation. Learn more and apply

Field Trip - Partner visits school, Partner hosts

Grades 1-12

Youth Stewardship Program: Animal Adaptations

 25 points ​​​​

YSP offers two programs to choose from: YSP Full (5 trips) and YSP Abbreviated (1- 3 trips). Each program trip can be tailored to meet the needs of teachers and fall within one of our five themes: Sense of Place, Plant Adaptation, Water and Soil, Animal Adaptation and Interdependence.  Each program trip includes an environmental education and habitat restoration component. All programs are free of cost and include an introductory in-class presentation. Learn more and apply

Field Trip - Partner visits school, Partner hosts

Grades 1-12

Youth Stewardship Program: Interdependence

 25 points ​​​​

YSP offers two programs to choose from: YSP Full (5 trips) and YSP Abbreviated (1- 3 trips). Each program trip can be tailored to meet the needs of teachers and fall within one of our five themes: Sense of Place, Plant Adaptation, Water and Soil, Animal Adaptation and Interdependence.  Each program trip includes an environmental education and habitat restoration component. All programs are free of cost and include an introductory in-class presentation. Learn more and apply

Field Trip - Partner visits school, Partner hosts

Grades 1-12

Set Sail Learn Program: Ecology of the Bay

 25 points ​​​​

This curriculum focuses on the rich biodiversity of San Francisco Bay’s ecosystem. Amongst the wide array of aquatic life in the Bay, the Dungeness Crab is an essential part of the marine food web. By studying the Dungeness Crab, students will gain an understanding of the complex connections that define an Ecosystem, Adaptation and Habitats. Learn more. Scholarships available for transportation.

 

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grade 4

Set Sail Learn Program: Maritime History

 25 points ​​​​

There is no better way to learn about Maritime History than by making a compass and locating historical San Francisco Landmarks from the water. This curriculum takes students directly to the heart of the history of the Bay, making the local past tangible. Students will come away from this class able to use a compass and identify historical figures and landmarks in San Francisco from a unique perspective. Learn more. Scholarships available for transportation.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grade 4

Set Sail Learn Program: Power of the Wind

 25 points ​​​​

San Francisco Bay is home to some of the most powerful renewable energy sources: solar, wind and ocean energy. Sailing is unique in its ability to utilize all three of these energy sources. Through sailing, students will gain hands-on experience with renewable energy, learning how to harness renewable sources in a unique way. Learn more. Scholarships available for transportation.

 

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grade 4

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ALL
 

Living City Site Exploration at College Hill Learning Garden

 25 points   Applicable for points toward any sustainability goal​

Come explore the College Hill Learning Garden through a self-guided scavenger hunt that brings each student through the seven main themes of city sustainability demonstrated on the site. Learn more and sign up.

Field Trip - Partner hosts

Grades K-12

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CONTACT US

SFUSD Sustainability Office

Conserve@sfusd.edu

135 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

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