Experience California at its Coolest
A number of special programs designed to complement the exhibit will help visitors see just how cool this hotspot really is. See the Events Calendar for a full listing of dates and times.
Scientific illustrator Jack Laws, who is currently illustrating a field guide to the Sierra Nevada, will work within the exhibit every Tuesday – Friday from December 1 – December 21 and from January 11 – February 28. Visitors will be able to watch as Jack creates scientific renderings of birds, mammals, reptiles, and other animals from the Sierra Nevada region.
Every Wednesday at 11:30, visitors can learn about animals that have adapted to California's coastal ecosystem in "Survivors of the Cold Coast."
Every Thursday at noon, kids can come face-to-face with a California Tidepool inhabitant during the "Cool Creature Feature" program.
In a special series of tastings and demonstrations, "It's Cool to Be Organic," visitors can learn how eating local, organic foods can help protect biodiversity within California and around the world.
Answer the 15 questions in our Scavenger Hunt as you explore the two floors of the Academy. Regular Edition [565 KB PDF] | Junior Edition [600 KB PDF]
Additional programs allow visitors to meet live California arachnids, watch California snakes swallow their supper, and classify California creatures. See the Events Calendar for a full listing of dates and times.