For its 25th birthday, the Mission Science Workshop will party at City Hall – and attending alongside science workshop alums, teachers and supporters will be Gracie, a giant grey whale skeleton recovered from Pescadero.

What’s more, the city has declared October 27 “Mission Science Workshop Day” in honor of the workshop’s contribution to the community.

The gala, which takes place in the South Light Court, is also a fundraiser for the workshop. Mission Science Workshop provides free and low cost science education for students of 40 low-income San Francisco schools. Students make terrariums, dissect owl pellets, learn chemistry, and work with wood.

From the organizers:

During the last school year, Mission Science Workshop served a record number of students and programs at our Mission and Excelsior sites – and over half of our services were completely free for our schools.  

We were able to do this in the face of the rising costs in our city that continue to displace the working class and immigrant families we serve, and financially limit our program and staff.  We are holding this fundraiser event to help us meet the demand for our programs at as little cost as possible to our communities, and to expand our outreach to those who are most in need.

Local musicians will play at the event, dance groups will perform, and Mission-based businesses will provide food and drinks. Tickets are available here