Education Programs

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

Lesson Plans & Curriculum

Looking for educational activities for kids? The Nat has lesson plans, online activities, and more for teachers and parents. While many were designed to be used during a museum visit, they contain information that is easily accessible for educators offering lessons in classrooms as well. More.

Community Groups & Scouts

We encourage your group to visit the Museum for a day filled with exciting exploration and discovery. More.

School Programs

The Museum offers a variety of programs for Pre-K through 12th grade. We provide hands-on classes at the Museum or at your school. You can even schedule a hike for your class with one of our Canyoneers. More.

Resources for School & Home

The Museum offers guides that provide in-depth information on our exhibitions, specimens that can be used in your classroom, and additional resources to make you feel like an expert during your visit. More.

The Environmental Science Education Center (ESEC) is a comprehensive resource of programs that inspire understanding, respect, and responsible action for our environment. Through our many programs we are able to serve more than 160,000 people annually!

For more programs both inside and outside the Museum, check out our upcoming camps, family programs, and public programs.

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.

The Museum Access Fund was created in 1998 in response to a growing need for no-cost/low cost access to co-curricular science experiences for students. The Museum partnered with passionate donors who provided vital funding to give San Diego students access to the Museum through field trips and classes.

The Museum Access Fund has grown over time. Initially serving 2,000 students a year, we are now aiming to serve 6,000 students each year.