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Field Trips

Read on to learn about our Field Trip program, beginning with an update regarding fall 2021. We offer Field Trips at three different locations and each location provides different programs.

Dear teachers,

After an unprecedented year, we’re excited to welcome students back for field trips at our three centers. Thank you for all you are doing to support your students’ learning during this difficult time. You’re our heroes!

Jump to learn about our (in-person) field trip programs at our…

Mission Center Tenderloin Center Mission Bay Center

I was really blown away at what a creative experience it was for kids, and it was touching that kids got so much individual attention and interest … All of the kids kept saying how much fun they had, and that they thought writing was going to be boring, but that they were wrong!"

— Alana Herron, Presidio Middle School teacher

Mission CenterField Trips

Storytelling and Bookmaking and Choose Your Own Adventure

Location: 826 Valencia St.
Grades: 2nd–5th 
(32 students max)
Duration: 2 hrs

At the Mission Center, our field trips are an exciting, collaborative storytelling adventure, in which students create a one-of-a-kind book that they can publish and take home (after seeking approval from our curmudgeonly editor, a former pirate by the name of Captain Blue). These in-person field trips reinforce writing vocabulary and concepts while encouraging students to use their imaginations and see themselves as authors. We offer two different field trip styles, Storytelling & Bookmaking for 2nd-4th grade, and Choose Your Own Adventure for 4th-5th grade.

Fill out our field trip request form to sign up!

Tenderloin CenterField Trips

Podcasting Field Trip

Location: 180 Golden Gate Ave.
Grades: 3rd-12th, (
20-35 students max)
Durations: In person- 4hrs, Virtual- 2 hrs

We’ve relaunched our in-person podcasting field trips and want to provide individualized support to foster your students’ ability to connect to writing and feel confident in their creative voices. We offer poetry, narrative, and opinion podcasting field trips. During the morning session, tutors support students as they learn about podcasts, brainstorm, and write their podcast. In the afternoon session, students do a voice lesson with an American Conservatory Theater teaching artist before practicing, recording, and completing online audio and publishing activities. Also check out our student podcasts via our SoundCloud page, Message in a Bottle and get inspired!

Please submit a podcasting request form by Friday, 9/17 to secure a podcasting field trip for the 2021 – 2022 school year!

Please reach out to Nana Boateng ( with any questions regarding podcasting field trips.

Personal Statement Field Trip for High School Classes

*Currently on hold

Location: 180 Golden Gate Ave.
Grades: 11th-12th 
(30 students max)
Duration: 3 hrs

If you’re tackling personal statements with your students, 826 Valencia can help! Our volunteers will work with your students to develop their stories and experiences into concise, powerful essays. We are responsive to your students’ needs and where they are in the writing process, helping them to brainstorm and write a new piece or make meaningful revisions to their drafts. We can also offer special support on the new personal insight questions in the University of California application. By the end of this field trip, students will leave with a draft of reflective writing that shows their voices and strengths.

I have recommended this program to all my teacher friends and will continue to do so! The support given to students with their writing, developing an idea, writing multiple drafts, and turning it into a podcast, truly does amplify their voices and is simply not something I would be able to do on my own in my classroom."

— Katie Carter, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School teacher

Mission Bay CenterField Trips

Mission Bay Enchanted Forest Field Trip

Location: 1300 4th Street
Grades: 3rd-5th (
30 students max)
Duration: 2.5 hrs

What items are needed to make a magical adventure? A backpack that can fly? Candy that turns you invisible? A secret treasure map? What steps do you have to take while you’re on it? Find an invisible pond? Talk to a friendly bear? Teleport to a new planet? All these questions and more will be answered as your students create a magical adventure story in our Enchanted Forest themed center in the Mission Bay!

Fill out our field trip request form to sign up to bring your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade class! 

To learn more about this field trip program, contact Mission Bay programs coordinator Shelby Urbina at