Education to inspire the next generation of scientists

The Buck offers specially designed programs for elementary school through high school students, all geared toward introducing young minds to the newest ideas and discoveries.

Launching a lifetime love of science

Surrounded by some of the most innovative researchers in the world, children of all ages develop and enhance their enthusiasm for science just by being at the Buck. Our educational programs are carefully designed to offer stimulating and fun content for every age group and to leave students with a better and deeper understanding of biology and life sciences. At the Buck, we take our educational mission seriously and are committed to being an important resource for students and teachers in our community. We invite you to explore our available programs.

As the Buck does not expect to offer on-site field trips in the 2020-2021 school year, we are offering free online classes for your students. Please enter your information below and we will follow up with you on providing your students an engaging, educational online class.

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Summer camps

Summer at the Buck offers local students the opportunity to experience science in an exciting, hands-on way! Each summer, the Buck offers summer camps for students ages 10 to 14 years old in our state-of-the-art 1,400-square-foot Learning Center. We also offer a two-week high school immersion program. Please click on the links to the right for more information on each course offering.

Scholarships are available based upon financial need. Scholarship forms can be downloaded from the registration page for each camp.  Scholarship forms should be submitted to  Money should never be an obstacle to participate in a summer program at the Buck Institute!

Due to COVID, this summer we are offering exciting virtual options for ages 10-18. Registration is now open. Please click on the register button to the right to find out more about each program.

Survey Course
June 22-August 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm-5pm
Designed for rising 10th-12th graders
FREE with optional donation
Course Full

Hands-On Kits
Aug 17: 1pm-2pm; Aug 19: 7pm-8pm
Designed for students ages ~10-14
FREE with optional donation

High school summer scholars

Each summer, the Buck Institute for Research on Aging provides a seven-week research internship to prepare local high school students for careers in biomedical and geroscience research. With up to 20 research mentors participating, students have the opportunity to explore research involving the aging process and aging-related disease. Through these mentorships, students develop the skills and background necessary to pursue scientific research. Students are encouraged to visit Buck Institute faculty websites to read about the research being conducted at the Buck and to indicate an area of interest when applying for the program. Learn more and apply.

STEAM Engine

STEAM Engine is a grant-funded teacher education program that utilizes the expertise of Buck scientists to prepare teachers for the Next Generation Science Standards. The program is a collaboration with the Marin County Office of Education aimed at developing curricular materials for use in classrooms throughout Marin County and beyond. More information coming soon.

Learn more

Contact for more information

We are here to answer your questions and to help find the best program for your students.

Claire Spafford

Education and Communications Manager
415-209-2000 x6161

Support the Buck

We rely on donations to support the science that we believe will add years to people's lifespan and decades to their healthspan.