School Programs

We currently are not offering Classes at Your School or Exhibition Tours due to the impacts of COVID. Please check back later.

The Museum follows the San Diego Unified School District COVID-19 protocol guidelines for school-based programs. The district follows the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health. It is required that all students, staff, and chaperones wear a mask at all times and try to maintain a minimum of 3 to 6 feet of social distancing.”

Classes at Your School

Museum adventures delivered straight to your classroom! Classes offered for Pre-K through fifth grade students are led by our knowledgeable museum docents. More.

Field Trips

Experiment in our learning labs! Explore our exhibits! Discover treasures in behind-the-scenes-tours! Learning opportunities are facilitated by museum educators, docents and scientists. More.

Register for your Program

Do you already know what you’d like to book? Reservations are required for all group visits and classes. Click here to register.

Guided Nature Walks

This free program is made possible by generous funding from Subaru of America and the Canyoneers. For availability, call the Education Department at 619.255.0349. More.

Are you a Title 1 School?

Museum Access Funds are available for qualified Title I schools to help support field trips, classes at your school, and teacher kits from the Nature to You Loan Program. For availability, call the Education Department at 619.255.0236.

Educator Night

Educator Appreciation Night is an annual event to thank local educators for their service. Celebrate your hard work with our education staff as only a natural history museum can. Check back for details.

Distance Learning

The Nat has created a series of educational videos that feature educator-led virtual experiences based on our most popular in-museum exhibits and field trip programs. These videos are aligned with state and NGSS standards and will be of particular interest to K-5 students. We also present a monthly live youth program featuring various natural science themes.

We offer many other resources for teachers, including a specimen and curriculum lending library called Nature to You, downloadable curriculum, online tools such as plant and animal atlases, and more.

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