What's On at The California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Lectures, Programs and Events
December 2002

Skulls Ongoing through fall 2003

X-Ray Ichthyology Ongoing through fall 2003

Village Children Ongoing through fall 2003

Dennis Anderson Photos Opening: November 28, 2002

Photo Contest Winners Closed

Powers of Ten Closing January 5, 2003

Run To The Far Side®
The 5K and 10K Run To The Far Side® is a Thanksgiving weekend tradition that pays tribute to the zany cartoon creations of Gary Larson. It is the only race where herds of costumed cows, chickens, squid, cavemen, and assorted Far Side fanatics compete side-by-side with serious athletes in a beautiful jaunt through Golden Gate Park. Costumes are a race tradition in the 5K, with a costume contest following the race. Those more interested in slimming their waistline after their Thanksgiving feasts are invited to join in the 10K run.
Sunday, December 1, 8:30 am
Pre-register: $20 for members /$25 for non-members; $30 for all on race morning
Fees support environmental education and research programs at the Academy and include free admission following the race.


The Origin of Modern Humans - While fossil evidence suggests that modern human anatomy evolved in Africa between 150,000 and 50,000 years ago, these earliest modern Africans were behaviorally indistinguishable from contemporary non-modern people and the Neanderthals of Eurasia. Drawing on his recent book, The Dawn of Human Culture, Dr. Richard Klein discusses his idea that modern behavioral advances may have been triggered by a neural change in brain organization rather than size. Booksigning to follow the lecture. In collaboration with the Leakey Foundation. Thursday, December 5, 7:30 pm, $6 members/$8 non-members.

-Field Trips, Seminars & Workshops-

Under Starry Skies at Pepperwood
Stay up late and survey the night sky at Hume Observatory, located at the Academy's Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa. Instructed by astronomer Darryl Stanford. Adult Field Trip-Saturday-Sunday, December 7-8, 5 pm Saturday-9 am Sunday (Rain Date: January 25-26) $65 non-members/$55 members

The First Microscopes
See what the first microscopes were like, how they were used, who used them, and what they saw. Instructed by historian John Dillon. Adult Seminar-Thursday, December 12, 7-9 pm $25 non-members/$20 members .

-Kids: Things To Do -

Children's Story Time - ongoing
Story Time takes place in the Skulls exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences each Saturday at 10:30 am. Children ages 3 to 7 are welcome. Free with admission

Bluegrass in the Traditional Style - True Blue, a California bluegrass band "steeped in the soul of Bill Monroe and the rhythmic feel of Flatt & Scruggs," offers up a lively sampling of the fast-paced string band music known as bluegrass. Saturday, December 7, 1 pm
Annual Holiday Concert -Members of the Deutscher Musik Verein brass band return to the Academy for their annual concert. Join us in celebrating the joyous sounds of the season. Saturday, December 14, 2 pm

Make a Skull Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages. Saturday and Sunday December 14 and 15; 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

How Do They Do That? How do animals locate prey without seeing it or hearing it? Or swallow prey bigger than their heads? Explore animal senses by looking at skulls. Friday and Saturday December 27 and 28; 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Bare Bones Take a crash course on recognizing animals by their skulls alone. Examine human, hyena, turtle and rodent skulls, learning important details used by experts to compare species. Sunday December 1,8 and 29; 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Bird Skulls Meet a live toucan, touch real bird skulls and explore avian skull design. Thursday December 26; 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Cats and Dogs Explore the design, function, and adaptations of feline and canid (dog) skulls. All Ages. Wednesday, December 4, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

-Exhibits & Happenings -

Ongoing through fall 2003
Skulls includes almost 1,700 different dead heads -- ranging from monkeys and giraffes to warthogs and rats to bears and dolphins. Created by Academy staff, this exhibit is festooned with 860 sea lion heads in a 93-foot-long undulating display. Skulls shows visitors what the study of human and animal skulls can reveal about behavior, injury, disease, evolutionary adaptation, and more. This strange and stunning display will captivate young and old alike.

X-Ray Ichthyology
Ongoing through fall 2003
Prepare to look at fish in a whole new light. X-Ray Ichthyology captures forty-six fish from the Academy's ichthyology collection on X-ray film. Blown up and backlit, these large-format photographs transform scaly swimmers ranging from piranhas to guitarfish into eerie, luminescent works of art.

Village Children
Ongoing through fall 2003
See faces of children from around the world, in villages both rural and urban. This collection of photographs is a tribute to communities that allow people to live and work in a space of human dimensions and shared values. Village Children is a traveling exhibit of photographs by the noted photographer Dr. Philip Rasori. This exhibit will be on display in the Academy's Cafe opening October 12.

Dennis Anderson Photos
Opening: November 28, 2002
Dennis Anderson presents portraits of life on the San Francisco Bay. From glowing undersea creatures and sunset scenes to commercial fisherman and cargo handling, Anderson's work captures the Bay as an intersection of nature and commerce in still photographs. Get a glimpse of San Francisco Bay through Anderson's photography exhibit on display at the Academy in Wild California Hall opening November 28.

Powers of Ten
Closing January 5, 2003
Come visit a place where the farthest reaches of the Universe and the familiar features of your own back yard are just a few steps and a few zeros apart. Using a series of photographs based on the landmark film of the same name by Charles and Ray Eames, Powers of Ten explores 44 powers of ten, beginning with 1026 meters (the size of the known Universe) and ending at 10-18 meters (the size of the smallest known subatomic particles). At each station, videos and objects from the Academy's vast research collections allow visitors to investigate scientific discoveries relating to different powers of ten.

Nature Discovery - ongoing
Each year the California Academy of Sciences offers children, families and adults more than 200 field trips, workshops and classes focusing on science and the natural world. Explore tide pools in Marin, discover birds in Golden Gate Park or learn how to draw and paint animals in Steinhart Aquarium.

Steinhart Aquarium
Watch live sharks, alligators, penguins, hundreds of fish and a living coral reef at Steinhart Aquarium. Steinhart Aquarium houses over 600 varieties of aquatic life in 165 individual tanks. Open ocean fish swim around you in the 100,000-gallon fish roundabout (feedings take place at 1:30 pm daily). Penguin feedings take place at 11:30 am and 4 pm each day. California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park Open 365 days of the year

Free Wednesday
The first Wednesday of every month is free, all year long! The museum stays open until 8:45 pm on free Wednesdays - at 5 pm step into Morrison Planetarium for a free half-hour concert.
Wednesday, December 4, 10 am - 8:45 pm California Academy of Sciences, Free

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