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SEP offers a wealth of resources for its UCSF volunteer and SFUSD teacher participants.

Partnership Program Resources

If you are a participant in one of SEP's partnership programs (either a UCSF volunteer or an SFUSD teacher), please follow this link to access important documents and forms for SEP's Partnership Program Participants.

Daly Ralston Resource Center

The Daly Ralston Resource Center is a lending library that houses more than 3,000 science materials for hands-on science and health lessons. The Resource Center collection includes organs, models, microscopes and other equipment, and "kits"—essentially a lesson in a box—that can be used for lessons. The Resource Center is staffed by science educators who can help you plan your lesson(s).

Any SFUSD teacher or UCSF volunteer working in SFUSD’s schools can borrow materials for free.

Lesson Planning

For lesson ideas, check out SEPLessons, an online library of lesson plans developed by teachers and scientists in SEP’s partnership programs. SEP program participants can also use its lesson planning tool to facilitate collaboration as they plan lessons together.

Teacher Created Resources

Teachers in SEP’s SF Science program created resources to help other elementary school teachers with FOSS kits, Family Science Nights, Science Fairs, Assessment, and more!

See also our Publications and Presentations for additional resources.

Other Science Education Resources

SEP has complied a list of other resources that you may find useful in your creating and doing hands-on science lessons in the classroom.  This list is not complete.  Please feel free to let us know about other resources that you find valuable.

Sources for organs for dissection (primarily in the San Francisco Area), always call and check with the company to see if they have organs available, (many require advanced ordering time of up to 2-3 weeks:

Type of Organ Company Website Phone # Address
Sheep Brains Carolina Biological 800-334-5551  
Squid J.R. Seafood 415-647-0106 310 BayShore Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94124
Cow's Eye's C&M (Meats) 510-848-3460 2843 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702
Sheep Hearts Guerra Quality Meats 415-826-4600 2989 24th St San Francisco, CA 94110
Sheep Hearts Drewes Meats 415-821-0515 1706 Church Street (@29th St.)
Sheep Hearts Golden Gate Meat Company 415-861-3800  
Sheep Hearts Belmar La Gallinita Meat Market   415-826-4600 2989 24th St San Francisco, CA 94110

Sources for Dry Ice (primarily in the San Francisco Area), always call and check to see if they have dry ice available.

Type of Material Company Website Phone # Address
Dry Ice SF Ice Co.
415-826-8627 1690 Evans Ave. San Francisco, CA 94124
Dry Ice Praxair 415-431-8818 45 Williams Ave., San Francisco, CA
Dry Ice United Liquors   415-567-0580 2401 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Dry Ice Lucky Supermarket   415-923-6411 1750 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Sources for other science supplies (Owl Pellets, insects, other invertebrates, vertebrates, FOSS live creatures, microscopes and other science education equipment)

Company Website Phone # Location
Niles Biological   Sacramento
Carolina Biological 800-334-5551 North Carolina

Source for animals, fish, invertebrates,for classroom terrariums and aquariums.  Also for aquatic plants, like Elodea, for looking at chloroplasts under light microscopes.

Company Website Phone # Location
Lucky Ocean Aquarium   (415) 668-3676 109 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118
Animal Connection (may offer discount for teachers and college level instructors) (415) 564-6482 550 Judah Street
San Francisco, CA 94122

Science Supports from SFUSD's Science Department

  • This document downloadable here, outlines SFUSD's offerings of supports for SFUSD Elementary School Teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.  The supports include FOSS materials, ordering living organisms and professional development offerings available for your school site.
    More information can be found at

Science Education Lesson Plans:

Science Supplies:

Science Lending Libraries: