55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

Please note: The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 10/24 (final entry at 2:00 pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Ways to Give

New species await detection. Fragile ecosystems need protection. Young minds await inspiration. Deepen your support as a Friend of the California Academy of Sciences and you truly shape the future of science.

Friends of the Academy

Explorers ($1,000+)

All Associates’ benefits, plus:

  • Free admission for two primary cardholders, up to two adult guests per card, and your children or grandchildren (17 years of age and younger) for one year
  • Priority entrance to the museum, rainforest, planetarium and select special exhibits
  • Complimentary admission to NightLife every Thursday evening
  • Four daily admission passes and four Nightlife passes to share
  • Two Friends Behind-the-Scenes tour passes
  • Invitations to year-round special events and receptions exclusive to Friends of the Academy
  • A complimentary glass of champagne when dining at the Moss Room restaurant
  • Complimentary coat check with each visit
  • Dedicated concierge telephone line
  • Recognition in the Academy’s Annual Report
  • Subscription to the monthly Donor e-Newsletter

$870 is tax deductible

Curators ($2,500+)

All Explorers’ benefits, plus:

  • Friends collection tours with our collection manager - offered semi-annually
  • Expedited entry to the Early Explorers Cove (activity area for children 0-5 years and their adult chaperones)
  • Access to the Academy’s exclusive donor lounge
  • Two passes to attend a NightLife VIP tour
  • Two additional daily admission passes to share (6 total)
  • Four 1-hour complimentary parking vouchers for the Music Concourse Parking Facility
  • Invitation to a private reception prior to a lecture

$2,221 is tax deductible

Scientists ($5,000+)

All Curators’ benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to the annual Academy dinner
  • Academy scientist presentation at your school’s career day or science fair
  • A complimentary card for your household caregiver
  • Two additional daily admission passes to share (8 total)
  • Two additional 1-hour complimentary parking vouchers for the Music Concourse Parking Facility (6 hours total)

$4,671 is tax deductible

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Platinum Circle

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Starting at the Collectors level, generous donors who make gifts of $10,000 or more play a leadership role for the Academy and enjoy many unique opportunities and privileges as members of our Platinum Circle. If you would like to learn more about how you can have a transformative impact on the future of the Academy, please contact Andi Forker, Associate Director, Leadership Gifts, at (415) 379-5404 or

Collectors ($10,000+)

All Scientists benefits, plus:

  • Two all-day parking passes in the Music Concourse Parking Facility
  • Exclusive access to a dedicated concierge who will plan experiences at the Academy tailored to your interests
  • Invitations to explore Northern California with the Academy on “Local Expeditions” about science and sustainability
  • Invitation to an exclusive dinner with scientists, environmental leaders, and prominent speakers
  • Discounts on renting the Academy for your own private event
  • Priority invitations to Academy Gala events

Value of goods and services: $449

Ecologists ($25,000+)

All Collectors benefits, plus:

  • Two additional all-day parking passes in the Music Concourse Parking Facility
  • A dedicated concierge at the Academy who will work with you to achieve your philanthropic goals
  • Experiences that make the impact of your gift tangible, including customized visits where you can see the students, visitors, and programs that benefit from your generosity
  • Experiences that are tailored to your interests such as behind-the-scenes tours or local nature outings with scientists and educators
  • Assistance in finding hands-on volunteer opportunities for your family at the Academy
  • The opportunity to travel nationally and internationally with Academy scientists and donors to locations of ecological importance
  • The opportunity to have a private luncheon with the Academy’s Executive Director
  • The opportunity to meet with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees to talk about Academy projects and plans that are of interest to you
  • Donation of Academy admission, lecture, and event tickets to two charity auctions of your choice

Value of goods and services: $549

Conservationists ($50,000+)

All Ecologists benefits, plus:

  • A benefits package completely tailored to your interests, including scientific gifts and publications
  • The opportunity to use the Academy’s Board Room, free of charge, for one personal or business event
  • The opportunity for an Academy scientist, educator, or specialist to speak at your private event

Value of goods and services: $699

Environmentalists ($100,000+)

All Conservationists benefits, plus:

  • The opportunity to receive named recognition on an Academy program or exhibition of your choice

Value of goods and services: $699

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What Your Gift Supports

The Annual Fund keeps the lights on and the penguins fed. It also enables a wide range of ongoing activities, from reaching out to public schools and children to supporting groundbreaking research that’s advancing scientific discovery.

From the Director

Dr. Gregory C. Farrington

“The Academy provides a world-class stage for scientific education, inspiration, and discovery. Your gift to the Academy’s annual fund will provide unrestricted operating support to ensure that its exhibits, educational programs, and research are among the best in class.”

Dr. Gregory C. Farrington
Executive Director and
William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair
California Academy of Sciences

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children at the Academy

Our dedicated team of educators delivers a wide variety of formal education programs, including the Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability, the Careers in Science intern program, the BioForum continuing education series, and a number of other teacher and student services. From programs with California school kids to thought-provoking lectures, the Academy promotes science awareness and lifelong learning for children of all ages.


Jack Dumbacher

Your gift ensures that Academy scientists around the world can continue to seek out new species and pioneer new perspectives beyond the planet. Research at the California Academy of Sciences aims to discover new knowledge about life’s diversity. There is a new urgency to gaining knowledge of the natural world, as awareness grows that organisms and species are key components of the ecosystems which provide our food, water, shelter and energy. The generosity of our donors brings our mission to life – for that, the Academy is deeply grateful.

Animal Care


From the giant turtles, venomous snakes, and our albino alligator named Claude, all the animals at the Academy require special care. The aquatic biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium are responsible for the health, feeding, reproduction, safety, and comfort of more than 38,000 live animals.

Legacy Giving

Eastwood Associates are people of vision. By thinking ahead to the future, they enable the Academy to explore, explain, and sustain life for generations to come.

Ron and Sandy Linder

Sandy Linder
Eastwood Associate, Academy Docent & Former Trustee

“The Academy’s research is important to our lives and to the world, and docents help visitors make that connection. And being in the world’s largest Platinum ‘green’ public building inspires conversations about how we can live with less environmental impact.”

George Montgomery

George G. Montgomery, Jr.
Former Trustee and the Academy’s Planned Giving Chair

“Planned gifts—future gifts from an estate—are enormously important to the Academy’s work. Because I care about the Academy, I’m helping to ensure its future with a bequest.”

Kitty Wallin

Kitty Wallin
Academy docent and Eastwood Associate

“I became a volunteer and an Eastwood Associate because I believe in giving back. And the Academy has given me so much. My small gift will allow tomorrow’s visitors to discover science here as I have.”

Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett
Eastwood Associate

“People say that viewing the stars can light the spark of wonder and curiosity. More often, that spark jumps from person to person — and the Academy is great at catalyzing that exchange.”

Connie Spanier

Connie Spanier
Eastwood Associate and Academy volunteer

“I’ve had a passion for the ocean all my life, so naturally I was drawn to the aquarium and became an Academy volunteer. As an Eastwood, I’m keeping the Academy’s mission alive: to explore, explain, and protect the natural world.”

Planned Giving Tools

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Eastwood Associates

Alice Eastwood

The Eastwood Associates are a community of philanthropists whose planned gifts will endow the Academy and sustain its important mission in the future. Membership is a lifetime privilege and Eastwood Associates are honored at special gatherings each year. This distinguished group was named after Alice Eastwood, the Academy’s celebrated curator of botany from 1894 to 1949. When she died in 1953, at the age of 94, she left the Academy her extensive collection of botanical publications, which scientists and students continue to use.

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Secure the Future

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Planned gifts play a key role in tomorrow's science — and in the future of our planet — by endowing the Academy with the resources to continue its mission. They fund chairs and fellowships that advance important biodiversity research around the globe. They support eye-opening exhibits and innovative educational programs that cultivate science literacy and train future scientists. Most important, planned gifts are a lasting tribute to their donors, honoring a lifelong commitment to science, discovery, and sharing the natural world with others.

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Plan the Gift of a Lifetime

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A planned gift enables you to have a profound impact on future generations and may help you make a larger gift than you thought possible. There are many ways to create your legacy—from making the Academy a beneficiary in your will or retirement plan to making gifts that provide you with lifetime income. We can help you customize a plan that meets your philanthropic and financial goals.

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Compelling Benefits

Besides supporting the Academy, planned gifts can offer donors compelling benefits:

  • Retain or increase your income
  • Deduct part of your gift as an immediate charitable contribution
  • Avoid or reduce capital-gains taxes
  • Memorialize a lifetime commitment to the Academy
  • Know that the assets you built over a lifetime will be managed by an historic institution with a record of careful stewardship

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Discover the Connection

If respect for the natural world is a value your company shares, discover your connection to the California Academy of Sciences. As a Corporate Partner, you can advance biodiversity research, support science education, and model sustainability while enjoying access to the most amazing, green museum on the planet.

Your Support Makes a Difference

Dave Kavanaugh

Explore, explain, and protect the natural world: That’s what the Academy was designed to do. As a dynamic classroom, the Academy immerses visitors in a one-of-a-kind living museum. Behind the scenes and in biodiversity hotspots around the globe, Academy researchers are making discoveries that deepen our understanding of the natural world. Corporate Partners help make it possible and leverage our power to make a difference.

Inspire the Next Generation

California Youth Group

Since September 2008, the new Academy has welcomed more than five million guests from across the Bay Area and around the world, and thousands more visit every day. Each year, more than half a million children visit the Academy, often on school field trips that make a vital contribution to their science education and awareness. Professional development programs reach out to science teachers. Internship programs inspire tomorrow’s scientists. At the Academy, you have an educational partner with real impact.

Choose Your Level of Support

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Whatever your company profile, you’ll find an opportunity to advance the Academy’s mission – and enjoy the benefits of a closer connection. As a Corporate Partner, you can enjoy the unique privileges of Complimentary Family Plus Memberships and guest passes, special events, private tours, and company recognition. And the deeper your commitment, the closer you get.

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Corporate sponsorships are also available. Contact the Academy to see how we can assist your company with aligning the appropriate sponsorship to meet your goals.

Corporate Donors

  • 11th Street Auto Repair
  • Able Services
  • Aera Energy LLC
  • Alice Phelan Sullivan Corporation
  • American Securities
  • Animal Emergency Services & Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services
  • Anonymous
  • AOD
  • Argo Insurance Brokers
  • Asset Management Company
  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • Bay Staffing Solutions, LLC
  • Blackhawk Niners
  • BlackRock
  • Bloomberg
  • Canon Solutions America
  • Capital Group
  • Carmel Partners
  • CCI Commercial Construction & Improvements, Inc.
  • CityPASS
  • Coblentz Patch Duffy and Bass LLP
  • Darden Restaurants Foundation
  • Degenkolb Engineers
  • Deloitte
  • Dodge & Cox
  • Eastdil Secured
  • Evergreen Mortuary of McAvoy O'Hara Company
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Franklin Templeton Investments
  • GCI General Contractors
  • HBD STP - Investimentos Turísticos, Unipessoal, Lda.
  • House of Air
  • Jordan L. Shlain MD, Private Medical Services
  • JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  • King American Ambulance Company
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Landis Communications, Inc.
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P.
  • McGraw-Hill Companies
  • McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Meyer Sound
  • Microsoft
  • NetApp
  • Occidental of Elk Hills Non Unit
  • Oracle
  • Otis Elevator
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Partisan Arts
  • Patxi's Pizza
  • Pearson Charitable Foundation
  • Plant Construction Company, L.P.
  • Premium Port Wines, Inc.
  • Prime Finance
  • Prologis, Inc.
  • Rosendin Electric, Inc.
  • Sabah International
  • Safeway Inc.
  • Sageview Capital LP
  • Seiler LLP
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Stewart Consulting Group
  • Summit Partners
  • Swinerton Builders
  • Target
  • TPG
  • True Liberty Bags
  • UBS
  • Union Bank of California Foundation
  • University of Vigo
  • UrbanSitter
  • Valley Anatomical Preparations, Inc.
  • Van Strum & Towne, Inc.
  • Vector Laboratories, Inc.
  • Visa Inc.
  • Webcor Builders
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Willis
  • Willis Lease Finance Corporation
  • WSP

In-Kind Donors

  • Adaptive Planning
  • Anchor Steam Brewing Company
  • Blue Angel Spirits LLC
  • BorrowLenses, LLC
  • Bulleit Bourbon
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, BOEM Pacific Region
  • Cainkade
  • Caldwell Vineyard
  • Chase Family Cellars
  • Clif Kid
  • Cornerstone Cellars
  • Dark Horse Wines
  • Double Rainbow Gourmet Ice Cream
  • Drew Altizer Photography
  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  • Google Inc.
  • Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shops
  • Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
  • Green Barrel Wine Merchants
  • Kids Only
  • Magnolia Photo Booth
  • Microsoft
  • Oceanic USA & Hollis
  • Oracle
  • Peekadoodle Kidsclub
  • Plum Organics
  • Pop Chips
  • Rodney Strong Vineyards
  • Safeway Inc.
  • Spellbound Wines
  • Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • Trader Joe's
  • Trumer Pils
  • Vision Service Plan
  • William Colby Memorial Library

Annual Fund, Event, and In-Kind Contributions: July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014

Matching Gifts

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With matching gifts it may be possible to double your gift, which means greater benefits for you and allows you to double your impact to the Academy.

To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please check with your HR department, search for your employer’s name below, or view the full list of participants in the Academy’s Matching Gift Program.

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Stock Gifts


Gifts of appreciated stock and mutual funds are not subject to the federal capital gains tax, and such gifts may be deductible at their full market value, less the value of benefits provided by your Academy membership. Please complete the Authorization to Transfer Assets form and return by mail, fax to (415) 379-5750, or email .

Mail in Payments

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Attn: Development Department
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

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Stéphanie Versin
Associate Director, Individual Gifts
(415) 379-5413

Legacy Giving


Jay Auslander
Associate Director
Gift Planning
(415) 379-5202

Corporate Giving


Rebecca Schuett
Director of Corporate Support
(415) 379-5409

Friends of the Academy


Friend Testimonials


Lauren Hall

Lauren Hall

Friend of the Academy and Friends Steering Committee member

“I have always been fascinated by infectious disease: everything from prions and viruses to protozoans and worms. Everyone in my family is mad for science, and we always take friends and family to the Academy when they visit. Whether it's Steinhart Aquarium, a Planetarium show, or a lecture on stem cells, there's something to interest everyone. We support the Academy knowing that our gift supports scientific research, exploration and education”

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Lucy Bowen Taylor

Lucy Bowen Taylor

Friend of the Academy and Friends Steering Committee member

“The Academy has been a wonderful resource for my family when we're looking to do something that is fun, inspiring, and expands the way we see our world. There's no better way to learn than by doing, and our whole family has loved things like shaking in an earthquake, seeing an alligator up close, or powering a light bulb from a piece of fruit. The warm and friendly staff engage our kids so that they learn without realizing they are being taught”

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Summer Tompkins Walker

Summer Tompkins Walker

Friends Steering Committee member and Friend of the Academy

“At age 11 I had my first BIG encounter with the wildness of the ocean. I was moved deeply by the intensity of its unique ecosystem rich in diversity of sea life and its complex underworld. It left me wanting to make sure that we never let such dynamic ecosystems be put in jeopardy. The diversity and wildness of life is truly captivating to me and I hope to protect as much of what is left for my children and future generations.”

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Laura and Mike Patnode

Laura and Mike Patnode

Friends of the Academy

“The Academy presents long-term value by increasing our investment in science and education and helping form the sort of world we want our children to grow up in. We need to make sure our children have the skills they need to solve problems, and the biggest thing is to educate children about science. We take every opportunity to talk about the Academy with friends and family —I feel good being associated with such a wonderful place and doing my part to promote it.”

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Martha Kropf

Martha Kropf

Former Docent, Honorary Trustee, and Friend of the Academy

“I’m passionate about informal science education, grounded in the research and science of the Academy. Science and engagement — that’s what the Academy is all about.”

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Joann Franklin-Knox

Joann Franklin-Knox

Academy Docent and Ten-Year Member of Friends of the Academy

“What is so worthwhile about the Friends is reaching out to the community and inspiring and informing them of what we are all about. As they begin to understand the remarkable work the Academy is doing, they become supportive as well. It’s an extended community.”

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Donor Bill of Rights


The Academy adheres to the national Donor Bill of Rights, promulgated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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