Tools for Teachers
Research Library The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District’s online research library is an excellent starting point for teachers.
High School Curriculum (PDF) The Golden Gate Bridge: From U.S. History to Physics from the Wright Center of Science Education.
Display Panels (PDF) Classroom posters with engineering and historical facts about the Bridge available for download.
Reading Program (PDF) A reading list of books about the Golden Gate Bridge, prepared by the Marin County Library
Exhibits at the Bridge Plaza Hands-on outdoor exhibits and historic photo displays in the Bridge Pavilion.
West Point U.S. Military Academy Bridge Design Contest Build a team and build a bridge through West Point's virtual bridge building tool and you could win a $10,000 scholarship. Contest ends March 1 and is open to students age 13 through grade 12.
Kids to the Bridge Programs
In honor of the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th Anniversary, Kids to the Bridge field trip and summer camp programs provided opportunities for nearly 5,000 underserved Bay Area youth of all ages to visit the bridge and learn about its history, engineering, environment, and cultural context. Kids to the Bridge was offered in partnership by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Presidio Trust.
National Park Service
Sensible Habitats: Field trip program to investigate natural habitat surrounding the Golden Gate Bridge for first-grade students
Rocks on the Move: Award-winning field trip program focused on geology in Marin Headlands, using the Golden Gate Bridge to investigate relationships between the built and natural environments for middle-school students
Point of Inquiry: History-themed field trip program to learn about Fort Point and the Golden Gate Bridge for 4th grade students
Crissy Field Center
Archi-Techies: Two 2-week summer camps focused on the design, construction and impact of the Bridge for students in grades 3-5. Register here >
Camping at the Presidio: A guided hike to the Bridge from Rob Hill campground interpreted the impact of the Bridge on Bay Area society
Kids and Families to the Bridge: A program for community groups at the Crissy Field Center focused on a visit Fort Point
Galileo Summer Camp
Students pre-kindergarten through grade 5 celebrated the Golden Gate Bridge through engineering.
As part of the 75 Tributes to the Bridge program, a number of organizations are offering public presentations, exhibitions and other educational programs that look at the Bridge’s physical structure, its environment, its impact on our society, and its artistic and poetic value. See the full list of tributes >
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- Bay Area Discovery Museum
- Bay Model Visitor Center
- Engineers Alliance for the Arts
- FOR-SITE Foundation
- Headlands Center for the Arts
- Marine Mammal Center
- Sumner Studios
- Young at Art
The following individuals made presentations to interested schools and community organizations.
Paul Giroux, American Society of Civil Engineers, “Building Golden Gate Bridge,” the story of the men, machines, and methods that built the bridge.
Peter Moylan, historian and producer of a live documentary entitled, "From Vision to Icon - Building the Golden Gate Bridge."