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Look Who You Might Run Into

Meet the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals of our living collections.

Creature Closeups Gallery

Pierre the penguin

Get Your Daily Dose of Wonder

For Members
November 2nd at 10:00am

Join us in the Naturalist Center for an exclusive hands-on activity for members only.

For Kids
November 6th at 9:45am

Toddlers and their caregivers learn about new animals during hands-on activities.

For Adults
November 6th at 7:30pm

Carl Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life.

For Kids
November 7th at 6:00pm

Listen to the evening songs of rainforest birds and sing “twinkle twinkle” to a sea star.

For Kids
November 8th at 10:00am

Jump into the driver’s seat on Nov. 8 and 15 for two jam-packed days of gaming—with a twist!

For Educators
November 15th at 6:00pm

Join us to celebrate science education! Gather inspiration and teaching resources as you explore the Academy.

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    Academy Expeditions

    We go to great depths—nearly 500 feet below the surface—to document biodiversity, including this rainbow anthias (Sacura speciosa).

    2014 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

Explore our Library of Life

Our research collections include specimens from each of the world’s oceans and all seven continents. Take a peek at some of our oldest, rarest, and most amazing finds.

Specimen Spotlights Gallery


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