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Bay Area Industry Related Field Trips

These industry field trip destinations have been recommended by homeschooling parents and kids. If you have a favorite that isn't listed here please call us at 650-365-9425 or E-mail Homefires Editor. While we hope that this information is accurate, please do call to confirm.

Bay Area Industry Related Field Trips

Antique Car Tour in San Francisco

2698 Mason Street (Fisherman's Wharf), San Francisco, CA
Phone: 650-401-7708
Tour Hours: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. daily
Admission starts at: $32.00/adults, $28.00/students, $16.00/children (4-12), Under 4 Free
Three tour packages to choose from.

Step back into history; ride a charming 1929 Model A or a swanky 1912 Rambler. Mr. Toad's Tours features personalized tours of San Francisco in eco-friendly pre-1930s touring cars. (Ten passengers per tour.) This 90-minute city tour takes you to see Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Financial District, Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, Presidio, Cow Hollaw, and much more!

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

5175 Somersville Road (5 miles south of Hwy 4), Antioch, CA
Phone: 925-757-2620
Hours: Open 8 a.m. until dusk (closing time varies seasonally)
Admission: $5.00 for parking. Reservations suggested.
Call for Mine Tour schedule

A couple of portals to the past at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve are open to the public, offering a glimpse into the park's extensive mining history. The two are:

  1. The Greathouse Visitor Center is located in an underground chamber excavated in the mid-1920s.
    • Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Saturdays and Sundays beginning the first weekend in March through the last Sunday in November.
    • Admission: Free
    The center contains displays, photographs, videos, brochures and artifacts depicting the park's coal and sand mining eras.
  2. The Hazel-Atlas Mine mined silica sand to make jars, bottles, and glasses.
    • Mine Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Visitors only on guided tours, with a limit of 15 persons per tour (minimum age 7 years).
    • Tour Hours: 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Weekends only April to November.)
    • Advance Reservation Tour Hours: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
    • Tour Admission: $3.00 per person.
    • Tours Offered on a first come/first serve basis, lasting 1½ hours. (Arrive at least an hour early to have time to get to mine entrance and to ensure a spot on the tour.)
    • A 10:00 a.m. tour is available on weekends (April through November) to groups of 10 or more by advance reservation only.
    Tour participants take a 400-foot walk into the mine to see the office of the shifter (mine boss), ore chutes, and ancient geological features.

Advance reservations are highly recommended for the Hazel-Atlas Mine tours, and are required for group tours. Tickets can be purchased at the Greathouse Visitor Center on a space-available basis. Black Diamond's parking fee is $5.00/vehicle on weekends and holidays. One free parking pass issued for every 5 reservations.


Carrier's Beekeeping Supplies

601 South Baywood Avenue, (at Moorpark) San Jose, CA
Telephone: 408-296-6100

Carrier (the owner) has a working active hive. He gives 20-30 minute talk about bees free of charge, and sells a large variety of colored honeycomb wax sheets for under $2 each to make home made candles. His business is part of his home. Eccentric character and worth repeated visits.


Federal Reserve Bank Tours

101 Market St. San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-974-3252
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

60-minute public tours of the Fed Center exhibit are available on a walk- in basis Fridays at noon. Reservations are necessary for guided tour of bank's operational areas. Guided tour available only to groups of 10 to 30 people.

The San Francisco Fed offers one of the world's foremost collections of historic United States currency, and a look at cash processing too! Appropriate for junior high and older as it is a 90-minute guided tour that includes economics and currency exhibits in the lobby. Guided tour includes some of the bank's major operations.

High School Groups!

"There's a lot to learn about money!" Free personal finance training available! Join us for a tour and then empower your students to take control of their finances. Students will learn:

  • the time value of money (saving and investing),
  • how to develop a budget, and
  • the relationship between risk and rate of return.

The training lasts approximately 60 minutes and is conducted after your scheduled tour. It is designed for high school groups composed of 15-30 students.


Intel Museum

Robert Noyce Building, 2200 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara, CA
Telephone: 408-765-0503
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free

All ages can take self-guided tour through exhibit about the chip-manufacturing process and the history of the microprocessor. This tour allows the guest to go at their own pace. Visitors will be equipped with a PDA device that will walk them through the exhibits. Docent-guided tours available to groups of eight or more if you call two weeks in advance.

Family Fun at the Intel Museum

Free Saturday children's program with fun, hands-on activities. Experience the exciting world of silicon technology at the Intel Museum. Learn how silicon is at the heart of an ever expanding, increasingly connected digital world, changing the way people work, learn, play, and communicate. [Learn More]


Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory

3810 Cypress Drive. Petaluma, CA
Telephone: 707-763-1700 Ext. 162
Tours on weekdays; 3, 30-minute tours a day. Need reservations. Maximum of 30 people per tour. Free. No age restrictions. Kids love to see how stickers are made -- and this tour is a gem.


San Francisco Recycling

501 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-330-1415
Tour hours: Weekday mornings best. Reservations Required.
Admission: Free (ages 8 and over)

Sculpture Garden Tours (Saturday)

To visit the garden, join an Artist In Residence (AIR) Program tours, held the third Saturday each month at 10:00 a.m. The tours are geared exhibit the Artist In Residence (AIR) Program. Tours include an overview of the company, the garbage and recycling operations. Tours are cancelled for rain. For safety reasons, the tour is not appropriate for children under 8 years of age. To make a reservation for a Saturday tour, call Deborah Munk at (415) 330-1415.

Two hour tours involve stairs, hills and walking on uneven surfaces. All tours require closed toe comfortable walking shoes (no sandals).

School Tours (Weekdays)

A limited number of school tours of the recycling and garbage facilities are available to grades 3-8. To apply for a September school tour, (including a free bus), contact the San Francisco Department of the Environment, School Education Program, at (415) 355-3700 for an application form which is due in early September. Tours include a "how to recycle" program, a visit to the artist studio, the transfer station garbage pit, and the Art Garden. Visit Pier 96 to see where paper, bottles and cans are sorted for recycling.


New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI)

45500 Fremont Blvd. Fremont, CA
Telephone: 510-498-5500
Tour: Maximum group size is 25 (50 for the 10:15 tour) Admission: Free (ages 10 and up)

Take a 75-minute guided tour and tram ride through the only car-making plant on West Coast. Seating is limited and normally booked well in advance. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call (510) 498-5765 the day of the tour for updated information on tour availability.


Roseville Telephone Museum

106 Vernon Street, in Old Roseville, CA
Phone: 916-786-1621
Admission: $1.00/over 12 yrs; Free/under 12. Free group tours available.
Hours: Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Fridays by appointment only.

4 galleries showcase the finest and most complete telephone collection in the nation. From the first telephone in 1876 to early switchboard, to generous array of wall, candlestick and multi-colored novelty telephones, kids and history buffs of all ages are treated to an entertaining and educational tour through telephone history.


Wells Fargo History Museum

420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-396-2619
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free

Wells Fargo first opened in 1852. Two levels of the bank's headquarters brim with an assortment of artifacts from the time of Wells Fargo's founding to the present -- includes a stagecoach and an impressive display of gold dust and ore from the California Gold Country. Free Audio Tour.


Woodside Store

3300 Tripp Road, (at Kings Mountain & Tripp Road) Woodside, CA
Phone: 650-851-7615
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free

On-going Lumber Industry & Woodside Store History Exhibit. Features artifacts from the commercial lumber industry that thrived in the Bay Area 150 years ago. The store was built in 1854 as a store, post office and community center. Features numerous examples of goods and wares available to customers in its heyday.

Annual Family History Events
Annual history days allow families to step into the past as they participate in old-time activities. Old Woodside Store Day occurs the first Sunday in May. Rancho Day occurs the third Saturday in September. The History Museum hosts Immigrants Day in June and Victorian Days in September.

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