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Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
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Great Habits Earn Ticket Discounts for Earth Day, April 22–May 4

April 1, 2014

For the greenest museum on the planet, one Earth Day just isn’t enough—so we’re taking two weeks to celebrate! Bring a reuseable water bottle to the Academy from Tuesday, April 22 to Sunday, May 4, and we’ll say thanks (thanks for chipping away at the 30 million water bottles Americans throw away each day) by taking $3 off general admission*.

Once inside, jump into the Academy’s work to explore, explain, and sustain life, and learn what “citizen scientists” can do to join those efforts. Enjoy daily programs such as dive shows, penguin feedings, and chats with real scientists, and join us April 22 at 10:30 a.m. for “Oceans MOVE,” an interactive dance performance by USF’s Dance Generators.

For a full schedule of our Earth Day Celebration programs and events, please visit www.calacademy.org/events. And should you get thirsty while here, just head for one of our permanent water bottle filling stations, which have already helped visitors save more than 40,000 plastic bottles from landfills.

Happy Earth Day Weeks!

*Please note, restrictions apply: Present the reusable water bottle or cup at the Academy’s ticket window. Valid on daytime general admission ticket only; one bottle and discount per person. Offer must be redeemed on-site at time of ticket purchase. Offer not valid for online or advance tickets, NightLife, or special events. Cannot be combined with other offers and discounts. Offer valid through 5/4/14.

One Evening, Two Huge Parties—Big Bang Arrives April 24!

March 25, 2014

One of San Francisco’s most extraordinary annual bashes is also the perfect opportunity to dress up, dance, learn, nosh, and support the Academy’s mission in style—all in the name of science! And with not one but two Big Bang events—the Big Bang Gala and the Big Bang Party After Dark—revelers can choose from two very different flavors of fundraiser.

This year’s Big Bang Gala celebrates exploration and the pioneering spirit—the very fuel that sustains the Academy’s mission to “Explore, Explain, and Sustain life.” Culminating in a seated dinner with Academy Explorers and breakthrough thinkers and scientists, it’s an evening of inspired entertainment and dining that recognizes the Academy’s most generous friends.

Party After Dark, meanwhile, is a party so large it spills across the Academy’s multiple indoor and outdoor venues. Attendees can kick off their heels for some super-luxe camping and hot toddies in the East Garden, or grab an icy cocktail and head inside for live DJ sets by Ra Ra Riot and Youngblood Hawke. Add in food trucks, photo booths, and a Silent Disco in African Hall, and you’ve got the broad strokes of an unforgettable evening.

For tickets and additional details, please visit our Big Bang event page.

A World of Images, a Pair of Photo Competitions

February 19, 2014

Whether you’re a professional photographer or just prone to reaching for your smart-phone when the mood strikes, the Academy wants to see how you see the natural world—and the world within our walls. We’re currently hosting two photo competitions that invite participation from different types, and levels, of shooter.

The 2014 LoveLife competition is open to all visitors and features multiple categories—Land Life, Family Life, Mobile Life, Night Life, and more—that try to encompass the many ways a visitor might experience the Academy. There’s no fee to enter and prizes galore, including an iPad mini, GoPro HERO3, and photography workshops. The 2014 BigPicture competition, meanwhile, welcomes professional-level images from around the world that “illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it.” Prizes include $5,000 in cash, $2,000 in Calumet photography gear, and a public exhibition of images on the Academy floor.

Deadlines are fast approaching—March 31 for BigPicture, and April 30 for LoveLife—so enter today … or tell someone who should! We can’t wait to see what you’ve captured.

Spirit of Yosemite Festival, Feb. 15 and 16

January 31, 2014

Happy 150th anniversary, Yosemite National Park! It was 1864 when Abraham Lincoln put pen to paper to sign the “Yosemite Grant,” marking the first time lands were set aside for public use. While Yosemite celebrates those protections in the shadow of El Capitan, we’re celebrating them here at the Academy with a two-day festival starring the Ken Burns’ documentary, Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit.

Produced in partnership with the Yosemite Parks Conversancy, the film tells the story of the landmark federal act signed by Lincoln that gave birth to the idea of national parks. Throw in a host of speakers, family-friendly activities, and wildlife (both at the Academy and via our planned trip to Yosemite itself), and you’ve got a don’t-miss celebration for any lover of the great outdoors.

We’ll be celebrating the park with friends such as the Yosemite Experience, the National Park Service, REI, Marmot, the John Muir GeoCenter, and more! The Spirit of Yosemite Festival is free with Academy admission and will run from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Please visit the Yosemite Experience for additional details.

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