Education Programs

COVID-19 Update

We have made the difficult decision to close The Nat to the public until further notice. We realize closures like these can feel ominous, but we see it as an act of solidarity—a collective effort to protect our most vulnerable populations. However nature doesn't stop and neither do we. Our educational resources include plenty of activities you can do at home and are frequently being updated.

The safety and well-being of our visitors and staff is always a priority. If you have booked a program and are concerned for the safety of your students, we will honor your program cancellation or look to reschedule at a later date. Please contact or call 619.255.0349 if you have any questions.

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.

Educator Resources

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.


(Proyecto Bio-regional de Educacion Ambiental) The Bio-regional Environmental Education Project is an education training program for teachers in the Baja California peninsula.  More.

Community Groups & Scouts

We encourage your group to visit the San Diego Natural History Museum for a day filled with exciting exploration and discovery. 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 and Classes at Your School. For availability, call the Education Department at 619.255.0349.

The Museum Access Fund was created in 1998 as a response to a growing financial need in the education community for no-cost/low cost access to co-curricular science experiences for students. The Museum partnered with passionate donors who stepped in to fund access to the Museum for students in the local San Diego community. The Museum Access Fund has grown over time from connecting with 2,000 students a year to our current annual aim of serving 6,000 students a year.