75' Ferris Wheel Rolls in to Golden Gate Park for
The California Academy of Sciences
150th Anniversary Festival
Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7, 2003

(SAN FRANCISCO) April 28, 2003 - How does the oldest scientific institution in the west celebrate its 150th Anniversary? With an outdoor street festival in historic Golden Gate Park. On the same site as the 1894 Midwinter Exposition, the 150-year-old Academy will roll in a 75' Ferris wheel to offer birds eye views of Golden Gate Park Saturday, September 6, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 7, from
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Throughout the weekend, the California Academy of Sciences will celebrate with scientific demonstrations, musical and children's entertainment, street festival foods and free cake.

Two full days of live music taking place on two stages, nature inspired arts and crafts, and a children's play area will be featured throughout the weekend. Visitors may enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to soar above Golden Gate Park in a gondola of the 75'foot Century Ferris wheel both days of the festival. In addition to the traditional street fair entertainment and dining, guests may view specimens from the Academy's collections, interact with scientists from anthropology, aquatic biology, botany, entomology, geology, herpetology, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, mammalogy, and ornithology. Also, visitors may join in on interactive learning activities with Academy educators.

150 Years Ago
Before Cable Cars, Golden Gate Park, the Pony Express, or the Transcontinental Rail Road was the California Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1853, the Academy is celebrating its 150th Anniversary with a special exhibit, 150 Years: Exploring Nature's Wonders, lectures, programs and activities. More information on the Academy's 150th Anniversary is available online at www.calacademy.org.

Event Details
The event in the park is free and open to the public. Admission to the Academy will be free to visitors who ride bicycles or take public transit. Visitors may ride to the festival using the Golden Gate Park Free Shuttle. This service runs weekends and holidays May through October 2003 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information on shuttle stops is available at www.goldengateparkconcourse.org.
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Who: The California Academy of Sciences

What: The California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary Festival

When: Saturday, September 6, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2003

Where: Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Cost: The Festival is free and open to the public, admission to the museum will remain $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for youth ages 11to17, $2.00 for children ages 4 to 11 and free for children ages 3 and under. Visitors who ride bikes or take public transit will have free admission to the museum.


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