SFUSD Science Collaborative Member Information – Who we are:

San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco’s 140 pre-K through 12th grade public schools, is preparing students for success in college and careers by assuring that they have the confidence, competence and information needed for full participation in the economic, political, cultural, and intellectual life of our nation and global society. Our district is the top performing large urban school district in the state of California and one of the top performing urban districts in the country. Public schools are the foundation of a healthy democracy – they expand the future of our city and our nation. With a focus on access, achievement and accountability, SFUSD aims to make social justice a reality, engage high achieving and joyful learners and keep our promises to our students and families.
The mission of the district is to provide each student with an equal opportunity to succeed by promoting intellectual growth, creativity, self-discipline, cultural and linguistic sensitivity, democratic responsibility, economic competence, and physical and mental health so that each student can achieve his or her maximum potential.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is a department of the City and County of San Francisco that provides retail drinking water and wastewater services to San Francisco, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, and green hydroelectric and solar power to San Francisco's municipal departments. Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests, and that sustains the resources entrusted to our care. For more information regarding the SFPUC and its education program, please sfwater.org.

One of the world's largest urban national parks, Golden Gate National Recreation Area hugs the California coastline for nearly 60 miles in and around San Francisco. This unit of the National Park System includes iconic Bay Area destinations such as Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Marin Headlands and Crissy Field, as well as lesser-known -- but equally spectacular – places like Mori Point, Fort Baker, and China Beach. For our neighbors who live and work in the Bay Area, we are their "backyard" national park – the place where they windsurf, go for a run, or bring their kids to explore nature and get a taste of history. For teachers and students, the park is an expansive and inspiring urban outdoor classroom where they can experience a wide range of programs that encourage inquiry-based learning linked to school curriculum.

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The Astronomical Society of the Pacific hosts a number of programs for K-12 educators, including: *San Francisco Bay Area Project ASTRO is a program, which partners classroom teachers with volunteer astronomers. The astronomer then visits the classroom at least four times during the year after participating in a two-day professional development workshop with their partnered teacher. *And: inspired by the legacy of Galileo's observations, the Galileo Teacher Training Program offers professional development to educators, helping them incorporate more inquiry-based hands-on astronomy activities into the curriculum.

The California Academy of Sciences is a multifaceted scientific institution committed to leading edge research, to educational outreach, and to finding new and innovative ways to engage and inspire the public. The Academy runs workshops for teachers, creates classroom materials, and hosts school field trips. It also fosters learning for the general public by providing a wide range of museum tours, daily programs, events, and lectures.
Aquarium of the Bay is a nonprofit marine nature center that creates experiences that inspire conservation of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed. The Aquarium is an affiliate of The Bay Institute, a nonprofit organization that has successfully developed and led research, science, education and advocacy programs to revitalize San Francisco Bay's imperiled ecosystems for nearly 30 years. Together, these two 501(c)(3) nonprofits protect, restore and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay, from the Sierra to the sea.

Strongly emphasizing conservation, research and education as its key priorities, the Aquarium's exhibits focus on the Bay's diverse aquatic animals and distinctive ecosystems. The Aquarium hosts nearly 600,000 visitors each year, and provides free classes and tours to more than 15,000 Bay Area school children annually.

SEP (the Science and Health Education Partnership) is a program at UCSF that has evolved over 20+ years into a menu of programs and resources that support SFUSD teachers, kindergarten through twelfth grade, in their teaching of science. Programs include: a variety of partnership programs in which classroom teachers partner with UCSF scientists to co-plan and co-teach a series of collaborative lessons in K-12 classrooms; professional development courses during the school year or summer institutes (e.g., City Science for elementary teachers); the Resource Center at SEP’s offices on UCSF’s Parnassus campus, where over 3,000 items (classroom-ready materials that support and enhance hands-on science lessons) are available for loan to any SFUSD teacher; a high school summer internship program for rising seniors involving the experience of working in a research lab at UCSF and a college-readiness component.

KQED Science Education engages learners with free, high quality, standards-aligned multimedia resources and curricula. We also provide free trainings and workshops for formal and informal educators on using and making science-based multimedia with students and youth.

The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society is the non-profit support organization for the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Our mission is to build communities of support for the Garden and cultivate the bond between people and plants. We have been sharing the garden with SFUSD students for over 40 years through a variety of programs.

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On behalf of, and with funding from, the Port of San Francisco, Literacy for Environmental Justice spearheads the restoration and stewardship at Heron’s Head Park (formerly Pier 98). Through the efforts of thousands of community volunteers, we've transformed a brown field into one of the most vibrant wetlands on the southern bay front shoreline. Each year we host some 1,200 school-age youth at the park for free site-based environmental education programs that link science curricula to real-life environmental health and justice issues.


Headlands Institute, a campus of NatureBridge, is dedicated to teaching science and environmental education in nature's classroom to inspire a personal connection to the natural world and responsible actions to sustain it. We are an education partner of the National Park Service, located in the Marin Headlands just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The programs we offer include: k-12 residential field science programs (1-5 days); teacher professional development workshops; a summer day camp; family programs and outings; and a year-long paid internship for high school students. We are deeply committed to diversifying the field of environmental education and making our programs accessible to all; more than 35% of our participants (and 100% of our high school interns) attend on scholarship. www.HeadlandsInstitute.org <http://www.HeadlandsInstitute.org>

The San Francisco Zoo offers free admission for all SFUSD classrooms, free docent led tours and have an array of other school services such as our traveling ZooMobile program and free K-5 Wild About Art and Science program. Our programs are all designed to meet California Science Content Standards and are a great opportunity for students to connect with wildlife, both local and global, while learning about habitats, food webs, animal classifications and more.

The Presidio Trust's mission is to preserve and enhance the Presidio as an enduring resource for the American public. The Trust's work encompasses the natural areas, wildlife, and native habitats of the park, as well as the historic structures and designed landscapes that make the park a National Historic Landmark District. The Presidio Trust is dedicated to ensuring that visitors to this spectacular place have the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the Presidio, its place in American history, and the plants and wildlife which once thrived throughout the region.

Bay Area Wilderness Training - BAWT’s mission is to create opportunities for urban youth to experience wilderness first hand. To meet this mission, we train youth workers, provide outdoor gear loans and transportation, give financial support as needed and leverage our community of peers. We offer a wide variety of outdoor leadership trainings ranging from 5-day backpacking courses in the Sierras to 2-day camping courses in the Presidio. Connect with us at www.bawt.org and on Facebook