San Francisco Bay Area national parks and their partners offer numerous opportunities for both kids and adults to learn about park resources and to get involved in their protection. Science education helps students of all ages understand how they are connected to the natural world and fosters an increased sense of responsibility for these special places.
On-line Activities and Materials
The NPS National Office is a great resource for materials and links to educate students of all ages about natural and cultural resources and the national park system and research opportunities on park lands.
The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Education Programs and Multimedia website hosts a wide range of marine-related games, programs, and materials.
The CA State Parks – Kids in Parks Program gives kids and families a number of ways to learn about California nature at home or while in the parks.
PRBO Conservation Science offers numerous programs where adults and kids can learn about birds and their habitats.
In addition to wonderful interactive exhibits, the Bay Area Discovery Museum also offers a variety of programs, classes and summer camp activities for kids.
Kids, adults, families, seniors and groups can all find something at the Crissy Field Center in the Presidio. Whether it’s a field seminar, class, or a guided evening stroll, find something that’s right for you by searching by topic, date, type of event, or target audience.
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide, hands-on, science and education program that allows students to collect, share, and even publish scientific data on their local environment, create maps and graphs of GLOBE data, and collaborate with other GLOBE students and scientists around the world.
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has a wide range of programs where youth in elementary school through college can get involved and make a difference in the parks and their communities.
Located in the Marin Headlands, the Marine Mammal Center offers a number of programs for kids of all ages, school groups, and families to learn more about marine mammal care, research, and science.
NatureBridge (formerly the Headlands Institute) provides a variety of activities that allow students to explore and understand the unique resources of the Marin Headlands including field trips, summer camp, family outings, teen leadership training, and more.
Point Reyes National Seashore Association holds field seminars for students of all ages on a wide range of topics including wildlife, ecology, geology, birding, kayaking, photography, and art.
The YMCA Point Bonita delivers hand-on, interactive educational programs for kids, adults, and whole families through hikes, outdoor education, service learning, and team building activities.
The Crissy Field Center in Golden Gate hosts summer camps where elementary and junior high school students can get learn about important ecological concepts and issues through outdoor investigation, field outings, and fun hands-on projects.
Kids ages 7-16 can also make new friends while learning about the natural world at the Point Reyes National Seashore Association’s summer camps.
Become a Junior Ranger!
Learn what park rangers do to help protect nature and understand and remember our history. Then, care for our national parks and teach others about what you have learned.
Find out more about what internships are available in natural resources and communication on the internships page.
Volunteers provide essential services and expertise to Bay Area national parks in almost every conceivable capacity. Learn more about opportunities at a park near you on our volunteers page.