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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.
2698 Mason Street (Fisherman's Wharf), San Francisco, CA
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!
5175 Somersville Road (5 miles south of Hwy 4), Antioch, CA
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:
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.
601 South Baywood Avenue, (at Moorpark) San Jose, CA
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.
101 Market St. San Francisco, CA
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 training lasts approximately 60 minutes and is conducted after your scheduled tour. It is designed for high school groups composed of 15-30 students.
Robert Noyce Building, 2200 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara, CA
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]
3810 Cypress Drive. Petaluma, CA
501 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco, CA
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.
45500 Fremont Blvd. Fremont, CA
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.
106 Vernon Street, in Old Roseville, CA
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.
420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA
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.
3300 Tripp Road, (at Kings Mountain & Tripp Road) Woodside, CA
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.
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