Become a Member

RAFT helps educators transform the learning experience through hands-on education.

As a non-profit, we rely on member dues as well as donor support to help underwrite RAFT services and keep costs down.

RAFT Membership

Members have access to the following educational resources available at RAFT.

Educator Resources

RAFT’s educator resources are designed to support a wide variety of subject areas, academic standards, and levels of learning.

Idea Sheets

RAFT Idea Sheets are easy-to-use hands-on experience guides. Download for free and use commonly found materials to create engaging learning experiences.

Tip Sheets

New to hands-on teaching? Looking for ways to save time? RAFT’s Hands-on Teaching Tip Sheets are filled with practical advice that will make your job easier!

Activity Kits

These affordable, ready-to-use activity kits take the prep work out of teaching with hands-on activities. Activity Kits come with all required materials and step-by-step instructions to bring engaging math, science, and art experiences to your students. Many are available in both singles and 10 packs to help you reach student audiences of all sizes. See which are available in RAFT member centers or the online store.

Professional Development

Learning at RAFT focuses on hands-on teaching techniques that directly support current best practices in education.  Our Professional Development offerings include:

Customized Training

RAFT can help you meet your training goals with tailored one-time and multiple sessions and series covering a variety of topics including STEM.

Workshops

Low-cost training at RAFT locations in STEAM, ECE, & Classroom Skills to meet individual teacher needs and focuses on hands-on teaching techniques that directly support current best practices in education.

 

Resource Centers

RAFT leverages community donations and bulk purchasing to offer a wide range of low-cost materials, hands-on teaching tools, and school supplies at our educator resource centers.

In addition to teaching basics such as markers and paper, we offer many creative reuse materials in bulk or by the bag. See below or visit our Shop page for examples of the affordable items we currently have in stock.

Resource centers are also equipped with the Green Room, a creative workspace providing RAFT members with equipment, ideas, and expert assistance.

Annual Membership Options

We serve all educators.

Anyone who is an educator can join RAFT. Our members work with people of all ages to inspire hands-on learning. To receive a membership card, just complete an application, show proof of affiliation as a volunteer or employee with an organization involved with education, and submit your fee.

All Memberships Include

  • Hands-on education activities
  • Discount materials in-store
  • Shop online for discount materials
  • Access to Idea Sheets & Lessons
  • Free use of creative workspace
  • Earn CEU credits with workshops and summer Institutes

Apply by Mail

Print and fill out the application, then submit by one of the following means.

  • Mail to: 1355 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131
  • Fax to: 408-451-1428
  • Submit on your first visit

Proof of affiliation with a qualifying organization is required to receive a RAFT membership. If eligible, you will receive your RAFT card on your first visit.

Renew your RAFT Membership

RAFT helps educators transform the learning experience through hands-on education. As a non-profit, we rely on member dues as well as donor support to help under-write RAFT services and keep costs down. Thanks to our 10,000+ RAFT members who bring engaging and affordable education experiences to 825,000+ kids a year!

You will be asked to submit your membership payment after you update your personal information. If you are a new member use our join form.

Membership FAQs

How do I join RAFT?
You can join online or download the individual application PDF and mail or fax it to us.
Who can join RAFT?
RAFT is a non profit organization and carries educational supplies and activities for any type of educator that works with students of any age. This membership is available to volunteer and paid educators.
What is a proof of affiliation?
Proof of affiliation is a one of the following items: current paycheck stub, letter from the organization you represent on letterhead, CTA card, PSA membership, business card, check or credit card from the organization you represent, license from the state for daycare or preschool facilities, 403 incorporation documents or R-4(PSA) form from the state. We also accept internet verification or emails from organizations as proof.
Can I use some else's card from my organization to shop at RAFT?
RAFT memberships are individual and are not transferable, if shared with another colleague membership may be forfeited at our discretion.
Does my organization qualify?
People affiliated with any organization whose purpose is to educate is eligible to join RAFT. Examples include: schools, scouts, after school programs, camps, PTA/PTO clubs, religious programs, day care facilities, senior programs, and home school educators. If you have any questions about your eligibility please call or visit.
Can I join if I am not a teacher?
All educators are welcome, including: home school educators, care providers, teachers in the classroom and volunteers that work or run educator programs.
Why can't I bring my child?
RAFT is a refuge for adult educators and provides an adult only zone to fill this need. Due to safety reasons no children under 12 are allowed, including babies, inside the warehouse facility except on designated days and times.
What are the hours and locations?
What forms of payment do you accept?
RAFT accepts cash, checks, MasterCard or Visa and debit cards as forms of payment.
Is my RAFT card valid at any RAFT location?
RAFT is happy to welcome visitors from any other RAFT location.
Can I visit RAFT for FREE?
You can visit us for FREE but if you decide to purchase anything you must be qualified to obtain your own membership.
Are RAFT gift cards transferable to all locations?
RAFT San Jose & Redwood City share the same cashiering systems so there is no problem using the Gift Cards. RAFT’s other affiliates do not share the same systems so their Gift Cards do not work in these stores.
I’m interested in a membership for my entire school or organization, is there a discount?
We are happy to work with groups for RAFT memberships. If you would like memberships for a large group or an entire organization please send an email to membership@raft.729solutions.com with information about your group and we will contact you to discuss options.

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