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The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it's the only place in the world to house an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, as well as innovative programs in scientific research and education—all under one living roof.


Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability

The Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences is at the forefront of efforts to understand two of the most important topics of our time: the nature and sustainability of life on Earth. It's home to more than 100 world-class scientists, state-of-the-art facilities, and a collection of nearly 46 million scientific specimens—one of the largest and most diverse in the world.

Through expeditions around the globe and investigations in the lab, the Institute’s scientists work to understand the evolution and interconnectedness of organisms and ecosystems, the threats they face around the world, and the most effective strategies for sustaining them into the future. With innovative collaborations and public engagement initiatives, they also guide critical sustainability and conservation decisions worldwide, inspire and mentor the next generation of scientists, and help citizens become responsible stewards of our planet.

Public Engagement and Education

The Academy is an innovative leader in efforts to increase scientific and environmental literacy worldwide. Our science educators, highly trained docents, and scientists engage people of all ages—both here in California and around the world—in the scientific concepts and issues that will shape our future.

Educators host teacher workshops, create classroom materials, and facilitate field trips year-round to inspire the next generation of scientists. Daily museum programs, innovative exhibits, digital media offerings, and science visualization productions bring the natural world to life for tens of thousands of learners of all ages each year.

New Strategic Initiatives
Coral reef

The Academy has recently launched major new initiatives to understand and sustain the world’s most precious and threatened ecosystems, including coral reefs, tropical rainforests, and California’s iconic ecosystems. Our efforts will support both new scientific discovery in these areas and enable major breakthroughs in practical environmental conservation, public policy, sustainability practice, and environmental literacy. 

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