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About our Education Programs

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! 

  • ESEC School Programs seek to compliment classroom education through self guided exhibit exploration; Docent led tours, hands-on science workshops, and films in our giant-screen theater. We offer nearly 30 different school programs for Pre-K through 8th grades based on natural history themes and California state standards. Our Museum on Wheels and outreach programs bring the Museum to you! In addition, the Canyoneers connect students with their local environments through nature walks around San Diego County.  
  • Regularly scheduled family programs such as Ms. Frizzle, Family Days, and Nature & Me Storytime, strive to create quality family time while instilling a love of nature in our visitors. Our summer day camps cultivate young minds with hands-on natural-history lessons and activities that both entertain and educate youth from Pre-K through 5th grade. For naturalists of all ages we offer guided nature hikes, whale watching, film festivals, and expert lectures. 
  • The Museum’s Loan Program, Nature to You, allows schools, libraries, families, and the public access to an education lending collection of over 1,300 specimens that represent the biologic and geologic diversity of the southwestern United States, Baja California, and the world. Membership in the program provides a year of check-out privileges to its collection of specimens.
  •  PROBEA (Proyecto Bioregional de Educación Ambiental) is the Museum’s Bioregional Environmental Education Project. Its goals are to inspire teachers through innovative environmental education curricula, strengthen communities via conservation efforts, and foster idea-sharing and collaboration on environmental topics between Mexico and the United States. 
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