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.
Members have access to the following educational resources
RAFT’s educator resources are designed to support a wide variety of subject areas, academic standards, and levels of learning.
RAFT Idea Sheets are easy-to-use hands-on experience guides. Download for free and use commonly found materials to create engaging learning experiences.
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!
These affordable, ready-to-use activity kits take the prep work out of teaching hands-on activities. Activity Kits come with required materials and step-by-step instructions to bring engaging math, science, and art experiences to your students. Many of our kits are designed to help you reach student audiences of all sizes. Check kit availability at our San Jose location or the online store.
RAFT leverages community donations and bulk purchasing to offer a wide range of low-cost materials, hands-on teaching tools, and school supplies.
In addition to basics teaching supplies 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.
Our Resource Center is 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.
- Access to hands-on Activity Kits
- Discount materials in-store
- Shop online for discount materials
- Access to Idea Sheets & Lessons
- Free use of creative workspace
- Workshops that earn continuing education units (CEUs)
New Memberships& Renewals
- For new members and renewals, enjoy access to all member benefits year round!
Group Memberships(Groups of 10 or More)
- Give your entire team access to RAFT all year long at a discounted rate of $20 per member!
Day PassesSee if RAFT is for you!
- Not sure yet? Join a class or use RAFT facilities for the day and experience everything we offer.
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
- Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 inspire joy through hands-on learning. As a non-profit, we rely on member dues as well as donor support to help underwrite RAFT services and keep costs down. We thank our nearly 10,000 RAFT members who bring engaging and affordable education experiences to more than 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.
How do I join RAFT?
Who can join RAFT?
What is a proof of affiliation?
Can I use some else's card from my organization to shop at RAFT?
Does my organization qualify?
Can I join if I am not a teacher?
Can I bring my child?
Yes, children of all ages are welcome at RAFT. However, due to safety reasons, no children under 12, including babies, are allowed in the Green Room.
What are the hours and locations?
Hours and Directions for RAFT Bay Area locations.