What is CuriOdyssey?
Live Animal Encounters
CuriOdyssey houses more than 100 live animals. Most are native to California and from rehabilitation facilities because they could not survive in the wild. Read more about animals.
Explore hands-on, kid-friendly exhibitions and learn how nature’s complex systems work together to create the environment. Read more about exhibits.
Science Education Programs
Our expert science and wildlife educators lead popular, engaging education programs for schools, groups, and the public.
At CuriOdyssey, we treat kids like the geniuses they are.
Here, kids are let loose to observe, ask “what if” and let the natural world answer their questions. They get up-close to observe wild animals, experiment with scientific phenomena through exhibits, dive deeper into natural sciences in our immersive workshops.
By learning to think like a scientist early on, our kids grow up to ask questions, think critically, and take intelligent action to meet the real-world challenges of the future.
Read about exciting plans to build CuriOdyssey into the ultimate serious science playground and how you can help support giving kids the superpower of science.
Fast Facts about CuriOdyssey
- A 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization
- Reaches more than 100,000 children and families a year
- Support from volunteers, donors, and members
- Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) — Fewer than 10% of zoos and aquariums nationwide are accredited by AZA!
- Member of the Association of Science – Technology Centers (ASTC)
- On our website, you can find guides for at-home activities, watch bobcats live via webcam, and read a fun fact on each animal profile.
CuriOdyssey has been recognized locally and nationally as a leader in informal science education:
- We have been recognized with multiple awards at Maker Faire Bay Area. “Best in Class” in 2016, 2015, and 2014. “Editor’s Choice” in 2015 and 2014. “Educator’s Choice” in 2013. “Education Award” in 2011.
- In every year from 2010-2015, we were recognized as the “Best Museum on the Peninsula” by the readers of Bay Area Parent Magazine.
- In 2013 the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) presented Rachel Meyer, Executive Director, the “Distinguished Informal Science Education Award.”
- In 2010 we were recognized with the Nickelodeon “Parent’s Pick Award” for Best Museum in the San Francisco Area.
- In 2009 the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) presented Rachel Meyer, Executive Director, the “Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Experienced Leadership in the Field.”
- In 2009 our exhibition, “The Science of Nature,” was an international finalist for the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ (ASTC) Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience.