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RAFT Member Benefits

Experience a world of hands-on education activities, materials, Idea Sheets, lessons, and a creative workspace waiting to be discovered.

Build educational expertise and earn CEU credits with workshops and summer Institutes.

Receive one-on-one mentoring from RAFT educational experts.

Affordable one stop shopping for curriculum aligned hands-on Activity Kits, materials and supplies with everyday low prices guaranteed.

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Membership Cost

Individual Membership

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.

  • $40 New Annual Membership
  • $35 Renewal Membership
  • $15 Day Pass: The Day Pass may be converted to an annual membership if the upgrade request is made within 14 days of the Day Pass purchase date. The Day Pass fee will be applied towards the annual fee. Application available at time of visit.

Educators with RAFT Online accounts can enjoy comparable prices online to those at RAFT Member Centers. Learn More

You may also apply by downloading the individual application and either:

  • Mail to: 1355 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131
  • Mail to: 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065
  • 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.

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Membership Discount Programs

Group Membership:

For organization’s who’s members/volunteers/employees qualify for RAFT membership, RAFT offers a $20 per individual rate when the organization purchases memberships for 10 or more of their individuals at the same time. To receive the discounted rate, a group must submit their individual applications together with one payment for the total membership amount.

Organizations can prepay or set up an annual purchase order for their staff membership or for retail shopping. Contact our membership department for full details.

View the organizations that are registered with RAFT for providing discounted memberships for their associates:

Student Membership

A $15 membership is available to student teachers one time only when submitting the Student Teacher Authorization letter with your RAFT application.

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Frequent Membership Questions

  • 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?
    Hours and Directions for RAFT Bay Area 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.

Reminder!
Children under 12 are only allowed in RAFT on the first Wednesday of the month.