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Art & Science

The de Young and the California Academy of Sciences partner each year to provide professional development for Bay Area educators that integrates the thinking skills of artists and scientists. The resulting lessons provide students of all ages with opportunities to explore how these two fields both rely upon observation, inquiry, and creativity. Each lesson provides resources to use in the classroom and opportunities to explore our galleries.

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In the 19th century, various scientists who held expertise in studying rocks, plants, and animals came together to form expedition teams for documenting the American West. Artists commonly worked as... Read more »


This suite of activities focuses on the concept of pattern in both art and science, and is designed for students in the lower elementary grades. These lessons work well independently as standalone... Read more »

Where We MeetWhere We Meet

This curriculum focuses on the thinking skills that connect artists and scientists and includes four student explorations, each with a designated theme, vocabulary word, skill, and career focus. You... Read more »

Exploring the New Guinea HighlandsExploring the New Guinea Highlands: Art, Science, and Conservation

Exploring the Highlands of New Guinea is a collaborative educational program conceived by the curatorial department of the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art at the de Young in partnership with the Conservatory of Flowers and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and the Enga Take Anda Tradition and Transition Centre of Papua New Guinea... Read more »