In addition to Local Expeditions, Director’s Circle and Leadership Circle families are invited to two Junior Expeditions each year. See where we're going and where we've been!

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Group of Academy donor families at an outdoor presentation


From animal encounters to hands-on projects, Junior Expeditions are designed especially for the whole family to enjoy—and introduce your young naturalists to inspiring Academy scientists.

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Upcoming Junior Expedition

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Image of Engineering Our Coastlines activity.

Engineering Our Coastlines
Sunday, December 3 | 9:00 am

Leadership Circle Donors plus children or grandchildren are invited to join us before Friends Family Breakfast for a hands-on Junior Expedition where we will be taking on the role of engineers who are working with community members to design a shoreline that is safe for people and wildlife. This activity is limited to Leadership Circle Donors, please RSVP by Nov. 27.

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Past Junior Expeditions

Promotional image for Academy donor event featuring dinosaur illustrations

Dig In With Dr. Scott
Wednesday, May 24, 2023; 5-6 pm

Director’s and Leadership Circle families are invited to join us before the World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit premiere for a special Junior Expedition. Learn what it’s like to be a paleontologist and how fossils are excavated with Dr. Scott Sampson, the Academy's executive director and former host of PBS KIDS series "Dinosaur Train." This event is ideal for elementary school-aged children and their families.

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Academy staff member leads donor kids on a walk in the woods

The Secret Trail of Quails
Fall 2022

Explore a secret trail near the Academy through the lens of a community scientist. We will observe the habitat of California’s charismatic yet dwindling state bird and share our findings with fellow community scientists (and professional scientists, too!).

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