Field Trips to 826

for Elementary School

Field trip

We offer two unique field trips to our center for 2nd-5th grade classes. Field trips come at no cost to the teacher or school; all of 826 Valencia’s programs are free of charge. Due to the high demand for our field trips, we prioritize visits for classes in San Francisco public schools. Read about our offerings below, and use this form to request a field trip for your class and provide your preferred month to visit 826. Please contact us with questions by emailing fieldtrips@826valencia.org.

Storytelling and Bookmaking Field Trips

Recommended for students in second–fourth grade (32 students max). Storytelling and Bookmaking field trips are scheduled Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., no exceptions.

On this field trip to our pirate ship on Valencia Street, students are charged with writing an original story as a group, with the help of our volunteers and elusive head editor Captain Blue. Students collaboratively create the beginning and middle of their story, brainstorm a setting, and develop characters in small groups while an artist is illustrating the story. In the second half of the field trip, each student writes their own ending to the story, with help our volunteers. Once students finish writing their endings, the completed stories are sent upstairs to Captain Blue for approval. After being approved, classes often visit the park next door for lunch as staff and volunteers bind the books with our in-house tape bindery.

Students will go home each with their own copy of the book books created as a class, with illustrated covers and each student’s photo on an About the Author page. This field trip teaches students about collaboration, self-editing, the bookmaking process, and elements of successful storytelling. It’s a great time for all! Request this field trip.

Choose Your Own Adventure Field Trips

Recommended for students in fifth grade (32 students max). Choose Your Own Adventure field trips are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., no exceptions.

On this brand-new field trip to our writing lab on Valencia Street, students are charged with the task of writing an action-packed Choose Your Own Adventure story. After being introduced to the Choose Your Own Adventure genre, students collaboratively create a vivid setting and second-person narrator. As a class, they write the first page of the story – which must end with a choice. Students then break up into smaller groups to determine what will happen in each branch of the story, or what each choice means for the narrator. With the guidance of 826 Valencia volunteers, students will follow all the twists and turns of the story. They will then have the opportunity to finish all four story branches individually. Once students finish writing their endings, classes often visit the park next door for lunch as staff and volunteers bind the books with our in-house tape bindery.

Students will go home with personalized books created as a class with their individual endings and each student’s photo on an About the Author page. This field trip teaches students about collaboration, self-editing, and elements of successful storytelling – with a focus on point of view and creative action. Hold onto your hat, because you never know where the story might take you! Request this field trip.