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.

Fields trips generally run from 10am-12pm, but timing can be flexible by request.

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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 below for more information on each course offering. Scholarships are available based upon financial need. To receive a scholarship application for any of the summer programs, email the Learning Center at or call 415-209-2000 x 6161. Money should never be an obstacle to participate in a summer program at the Buck Institute!

Model Organism Camp
July 9–13, 2018, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
(2019 dates to be announced)
Designed for students ages 12–14 years old
$400 for the week
Registration Form

The Buck Brain Camp
June 25–29, 2018, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
(2019 dates to be announced)
Designed for students ages 10–12 years old
$400 for the week
Registration Form

The Buck Research Immersion Program
July 16–27, 2018, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
(2019 dates to be announced)
For high school students entering grades 10-12
$800 for two weeks
Registration Form

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.

High school students who have completed at least one advanced placement science course (or equivalent). Non-local students are invited to apply but must arrange their own housing if accepted.

Program dates will be announced in the fall of 2018. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to specified start and end dates. Students participate from 30 to 40 hours per week depending on the agreement with their supervisor. Days off during the week of July 4 should be arranged in advance with their supervisor, and students are expected not to take any additional vacations. Students must behave and dress appropriately for a professional environment. There is a dress code based on attire suitable to a research lab environment.

There is a charge of $2,500 per intern over and above the generous support of program sponsors. Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need.

Applications will be made available in January 2019. With your application, please include a resume, cover letter, letter of recommendation (from a teacher or mentor), and transcript. The letter of recommendation and transcript can be sent directly from your school to the Buck Institute by email ( or by mail (Buck Institute Learning Center, 8001 Redwood Blvd, Novato, CA 94945).

Please contact the Learning Center by email at or by phone at 415-209-2000 x 6161 with any further questions. The High School Summer Scholars Program is made possible through a generous grant by the Winifred Clive Foundation.

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

Science Educator
415-209-2000 x6161

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