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Calling All Planet Heroes: Food Choices

from California Academy of Sciences

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In this interactive program, students will take on the role of Planet Heroes as they are challenged to design and implement solutions to benefit wildlife, ecosystems, and global communities through one surprising avenue: our food systems!

This program integrates the Next Generation Science Standards by focusing on:

Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns & Cause and Effect
Science and Engineering Practice: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

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About This Program


Point to Point: $70.00
Point to Point Premium: $70.00

Pricing is $70 per session. Payment is due before we deliver the program.

Title I schools and organizations that serve a large percentage of low-income students are eligible for a 50% discount for all sessions booked.

We also offer a 20% discount when your school purchases 5 or more sessions to use over the school year (with any combination of Virtual Programs for any class at the school). You do not need to finalize scheduling for them all at this time, but you must submit payment for all 5 or more before your first program.


45-60 minutes for 4-8th Grade

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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Booking Information

Virtual Programs can be reserved at a time that works best for your school's schedule. Available on Thursdays starting at 8:30am PST. To view our availability visit our booking site: https://planetearth.youcanbook.me/

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice, but should your school be closed due to extreme weather, we will happily refund your payment.

About This Provider

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California Academy of Sciences

San Francisco, CA

The California Academy of Sciences is home to engaging exhibits, charismatic live animals, and a fascinating team of scientists and presenters working to explore, explain, and sustain the diversity of life. Through formal and informal education programs, the Academy fosters scientific literacy among teachers and learners of all ages.

We have Bilingual Educators! Let us know if any students in your class might benefit from activities taught in: Cantonese, Mandarin, or Spanish.

Jacqueline Benitez

Program Details


In this 40-60 minute program, we will explore the innovation and ingenuity of individuals across the planet who are designing ways to support ecosystems and communities.

Students will build and reflect upon their own ideas about one of the biggest impacts on Earth’s ecosystems: feeding all humans.

Throughout the program, students will be challenged to design simple, personal solutions for minimizing those impacts while meeting the needs of humans, plants, and other animals on our planet. By the end of the program, they will create their own Planet Hero Action Plan!

Specific challenges that students may design solutions for involve changing food choices and reducing food waste. For example, did you know that the #1 thing that clogs landfills in the US is wasted food? Or, that it takes a half-of-a-football-field worth of space to feed just one person in the US? When you add all of those needs up, it’s easy to see why there is less space for important ecosystems that provide clean air, water filtration, and space for more living things.


By the end of this program, students will:
- explore ways our food choices affect planet Earth.
- learn how to make a plan of action
- develop an action plan around their food choices

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:
- Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Disciplinary Core Idea
- LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: The food of almost any animal can be traced back to plants. Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for food and other animals eat the animals that eat plants, while decomposers restore some materials to the soil.

- ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems: Human activities have altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging it, although changes to environments can have different impacts for different living things.

Crosscutting Concepts:
- Patterns

- Cause and Effect

Related Performance Expectations:
This Virtual Program is just one step toward reaching the Performance Expectations listed below. Addition supporting materials/lessons/activities will be required.

5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combined information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth's resources and environment.

MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.