I wouldn’t want to teach science without SEP and the Resource Center.
- SFUSD teacher
Beyond the wonderful materials, the biggest benefit is the human resources that SEP provides. It is encouraging and reassuring to have real scientists vet lessons and enthusiastically suggest alternatives to help teachers go deeper with the subject matter.
- SFUSD teacher
The cornerstone of all of SEP’s work is the Daly Ralston Resource Center, a lending library of materials to support hands-on health and science teaching. The Resource Center is open to all SFUSD teachers and UCSF volunteers in SFUSD. Our collection of more than 3,000 materials includes:
- over 120 wet human anatomical specimens
- animal skulls of 50 different species
- classroom sets of compound and dissecting microscopes
- anatomical models
- sets of scientific equipment
- curricula and activity guides
At the Resource Center, scientific equipment is stocked in sets of 20, so that even in large classes, students can work on science investigations in pairs. We also have "kits" - basically a "lesson-in-a-box" that includes all the materials you would need to complete a lesson with your entire class.
Visiting the Resource Center:
Access to the Resource Center is FREE and OPEN TO ALL SFUSD TEACHERS, regardless of whether they are participants in other SEP programs. The Resource Center is also open to any UCSF volunteer in programs working with SFUSD students and/or teachers.
Resource Center School Year Hours: Monday-Friday, 3:00pm-5:30pm or by appointment.
The Resource Center is closed during SFUSD breaks and on SFUSD and UCSF holidays. This fall the Resource Center will be CLOSED on the following dates: September 2nd (Monday), October 14th (Monday), November 11th (Monday), November 27-29th (Wednesday-Friday), and December 23rd - January 3rd.
The Resource Center is staffed by SEP science educators who will help you identify and check out materials, and can give you assistance with planning lessons. You do not need an appointment to visit during the Resource Center’s open hours. On your first visit, allow time for us to introduce you to the materials available and our check-out procedures.
Browse for materials in our online catalog. You can reserve materials by phone or in person.
You can return materials to the Resource Center any time the office is open (generally M – F, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm).
The loan period for materials is normally one week (two weeks for curriculum materials). During peak periods of use (February through April), loan periods may be shorter. At other times, and depending on the item, you may be able to borrow materials for a longer time.
We welcome your visit!
How to get to the Daly Ralston Resource Center:
Drive to the Woods Building at 100 Medical Center Way, take Medical Center Way from Parnassus.- If your visit will last 20 minutes or less, park in the yellow loading zone. If your visit will be longer, park in the parking lot, come in to the Resource Center, and we will give you a parking sticker.
Walk from the UCSF Medical Center on Parnassus to the Woods Building. The walk takes about 15 minutes and is up a steep hill and staircase.
You can reach the UCSF Medical Center on Parnassus on Muni via the N-Judah, 6, or 43 or many UCSF shuttles.
Take the UCSF Aldea Shuttle-Bronze (View PDF of shuttle schedule) from the Langley Porter-LPPI stop at 401 Parnassus Ave. The shuttle stops by request at the Woods Building.
Resource Center phone: (415) 514-0585