What's on at the California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Lectures, Programs and Events
Photo Contest Winners
April 20, 2002 - December 2002
From France to Fresno, children ages 618 have been busy submitting
photographs to the Children's Photography Contest at the Academy. Come
see the winning entries on display in Wild California Hall. Winning photos
from a separate competition for Academy staff will also be featured.
ONGOING through 2003
Don't miss this chance to get inside our heads! Skulls - a thrilling exploration
of the architecture and function of the skull - is coming to The California
Academy of Sciences on March 30, 2002. This exhibit, created by Academy
staff, will show visitors what the study of human and animal skulls can
reveal about behavior, injury and disease, evolutionary adaptation, and
more. Hundreds of skulls from around the world will be featured in this
strange and stunning display.
Powers of Ten
Through January 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. Powers of Ten, an exhibit based on the landmark film by
Charles and Ray Eames, will bring this exponential journey through time
and space to The California Academy of Sciences on March 30, 2002.
Ongoing through 2003
Prepare to look at fish in a whole new light. X-Ray Ichthyology, an upcoming
exhibit at the Academy, 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.
The annual Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Conference,
Plants and People: A Regional Perspective is hosted by the Strybing Arboretum
and the California Academy of Sciences.
Saturday - Thursday, April 813, 2002
Earth Day Festival 2002: Protect Our Home
Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21
Visit the Academy anytime of day on both April 20 and 21 and be delighted
by juggling routines, reptiles, rendezvous and insect encounters. Meet
non-profit exhibitors who can show you ways to help protect our home.
Visitors who arrive by bike or bus get in free this weekend just for conserving
energy and we will park it for free in secure bike parking near the front
Special Earth Day Programs:
The True Survivors
See a live lynx, fox, alligator and a two-toed sloth!
Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21 1 pm
Groove to the beat! Pacific Sticks brings new meaning to the term acoustic.
Dance with them in the morning, and then join them for making your own
recycled instruments and a group jam in the afternoon (see below).
Saturday, April 20 Noon Front Porch or Cowell Hall
Home is Where the Herps Are
Sunday, April 21 11:30 am & 2 pm Goethe Room
Earthcapades juggling team
Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21 3 pm
FREE WORKSHOP: Make Your Own Percussion Instrument!
Saturday, April 20 2 pm
Saturday, April 20 3:30 pm
Prehistoric Art of the Chauvet Cave
Jean Clottes Former Scientific Advisor for Prehistoric Art, French Ministry
The Chauvet Cave, with its 422 animal figures, ranks among the most important
painted caves in Ice Age art. The painting techniques are remarkably sophisticated,
especially considering that they are 30,000 years old. These discoveries
have forced scholars to reevaluate the belief that art developed following
a linear evolution from crude beginnings to sophisticated summits.
Thursday, April 4 7:30 pm
$8 members/$12 non-members
Botanical Heroes and the Flora of San Francisco
While the Academy has been exploring and explaining the natural world
at large for over 140 years, it has also dedicated attention to its own
native San Francisco. Through the years, the Academy has documented local
plants in our extensive collections and publications. Today, Dr. Tom Daniel
is at the forefront of this movement is Dr. Tom Daniel, curator in the
department of botany and a 16-year veteran of the Academy. In this lecture,
Dr. Daniel will talk about his current work and pay homage to the visionaries
that helped to build (and rebuild) a major center of botanical research
at the California Academy of Sciences.
Wednesday, April 10 2 & 7:30 pm
$10. Call (415) 750-7111
The Powers of Ten and Other Eames' Philosophies with Eames Demetrios
Eames Demetrios directs preserving, communicating and extending the work
of Charles and Ray Eames, producers of the famous 1997 film, "Powers
of Ten." He is a multimedia designer, exhibit designer, lecturer,
filmmaker and author. In this lecture, Demetrios will elucidate topics
related to designing, the Powers of Ten exhibit at the Academy, and connecting
physical space and cyberspace. His recently completed book, An Eames Primer,
provides the first documentation of the real design process of his grandparents,
Charles and Ray Eames. Booksigning to follow.
Wednesday, April 17 7:30 pm
$6 members/$8 non-members
Climate and Human Evolution in the European Late Pleistocene Leslie
Director, Anthropology Department, University College London By examining
ancient weather patterns and the geography of Neanderthal and Homo sapien
archeological sites, Dr. Aiello suggests that cold weather and the development
of cultural means to deal with it may have affected the course of human
evolution 45,000 to 60,000 years ago.
Thursday, April 25 7:30 pm
$8 members/$12 non-members/$6 students
Conversations at the Herbst Theater 2002
The Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce the 2002 Conversations
at the Herbst Theater series presented in conjunction with City Arts and
Wednesday April 24 8 pm
E.O. Wilson in conversation with Penny Nelson
Thursday May 9 8 pm
Tony Hillerman In conversation with Roy Eisenhardt
Wednesday, May 29 8 pm
Gretel Ehrlich & Michael Pollan
Wednesday, June 5 8 pm
Luis Baptista Memorial Concert
Pianist Jeffrey Kahane will be joined by distinguished chamber musicians
Peter Wyrick, Eric Wyrick, and Laura Flax in Olivier Messiaen's monumental
Quartet for the End of Time.
Wednesday, May 22 8 pm
-Classes & Field Trips-
A Seminar with Dr. Nina Jablonski
Take an insider's tour of the Academy's new exhibit, skulls, from one
of the curators. Learn the architecture of the skull, how skulls have
evolved over millions of years and what skulls can tell us about an animal's
appearance and lifestyle even if it is extinct. Suitable for families
with children over 12.
Tuesday, April 23 (family class) or Tuesday, May 21 (adult class) 79
$30 adults/$25 children, members
$35 adults/$30 children, non-members
-Public Programs & Events-
The first Wednesday of every month is free, all year long! The museum
stays open until 8:45 pm on Free Wednesdays - come and enjoy the extended
Wednesday, April 3 10 am - 8:45 pm
California Academy of Sciences
How do they do that?
How do animals locate prey without seeing it or hearing it? How do they
swallow prey bigger than their heads? Uncover the connection between skulls
and animal skills in this family presentation.
Tuesdays in April & May
11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Join the Academy's Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez on a fun mini-lecture
series for families as he explains the anatomy of marine mammal skulls.
How can we tell dolphins apart from porpoises and seals apart from sea
Wednesday, April 3 & 17
11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Have you ever wondered what a Scotsman wears under his kilt? Or how Scotch
whiskey is made? Or what's in a haggis? These and other questions of Scottish
history and culture will be answered in this program. Scottish musician,
storyteller, and educator Neil O'Neill brings us lively anecdotes, history,
songs and poetry of his native land.
Saturday, April 6 1pm
Take a crash course on recognizing animals by their skulls. Learn important
details used by experts to compare species. Examine a variety of skulls
including those of humans, hyenas, turtles and rodents.
Thursdays in April & May
11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Make a Skull
Examine actual skulls and then make simple Balsa wood skull models complete
with false teeth and hinged jaws. Learn how function dictates form, in
this orthodontic adventure.
Saturday, April 6 & 27, May 4 & 11 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Sunday, April 7 & 28, May 12 & 19 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Elementary school students share what they learned in the Museum as the
Classroom Project (MAC). MAC is a new education program in which elementary
school students design exhibits in collaboration with Academy staff.
Clarendon School April 10, 11:30 am.
Jefferson School May 23, 12:30 pm.
Explore beliefs, practices, myths, and medical treatment associated with
skulls around the world. Topics include the head shrinking in the Shuar
sub-tribe of Jivaro Indians and Aztec skull burials.
Saturday, May 18 & 25
11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Meet a live toucan, touch real bird skulls and explore avian skull morphology,
adaptations and conservation.
Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21
11:30 & 1:30 pm
Join Academy naturalist Juan-Carlos Solis and examine mammal, bird, reptile
and fish skulls. Look for clues that may reveal how the skull's owner
lived. We'll look at samples of the food they may have eaten when they
Wednesday, April 24 & May 22
11:30 am & 1:30 pm
- Kids: Places To Go -
Come watch live sharks, alligators, penguins hundreds of fish and a living
coral reef at the Steinhart Aquarium. The Steinhart 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
- Kids: Things To Do -
Expanded Junior Academy Offerings - Spring Break
To accommodate various school schedules, we've expanded our spring holiday
classes. This year, enjoy two weeks of fun-filled, hands-on activities
for kids 6 to 15 years old. Come investigate fossils, take a tour of the
universe, or be a field scientist for a day. Our Spring/Summer 2002 Course
Catalog is includes more details and registration information.
Tuesday-Thursday April 2-4, 9 am-noon & 1-4 pm
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
Children's Story Time - ongoing
Story Time takes place near the T-rex at the front entrance of The California
Academy of Sciences each Saturday at 10:30 am.
Free with museum admission
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