The California Academy of Sciences Presents
Earth Day 2003: Rainforests of the World
Two-Day Festival, April 5-6, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO (March 28, 2003) - Butterflies, birds, and a binturong, oh my! On April 5 and 6, the Academy's halls will be crawling with these and other live animals from many of the world's rainforests, including brightly colored beetles and frogs, free-flying macaws, and even a two-toed sloth. Part of the Academy's annual Earth Day festival, these animals will inspire visitors to celebrate and protect the biodiversity of the world's rainforests. In addition to meeting - and sometimes touching - live animals during the festival, visitors will be able to sample sustainably harvested rainforest products, make tree-free paper and other rainforest-related crafts, view award-winning rainforest documentaries, and even take a tour of a real rainforest with guides from Strybing Arboretum. All weekend long, visitors who ride their bicycles or take public transportation will receive free admission to the Academy. Complimentary, secure bicycle parking will be provided near the front entrance. For more information, see the Earth Day weekend program descriptions below. All activities and programs are free with museum admission.

SPIRIT OF THE RAIN FOREST 2:00 both days
Get transported to the most wondrous rainforests in the world with live animal encounters. Meet a two-toed sloth, a binturong, a squirrel monkey and a kinkajou, and then see them in their natural habitats in a slide presentation.

BIRDS OF THE TROPICAL RAINFOREST 11:30, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:00 both days
Meet birds from around the world, including free-flying scarlet macaws from the Amazon basin, rare parrots from Papua New Guinea, a rhinoceros hornbill from Indonesia, and much more. Presented by renowned bird handler Joe Carvalho.

MINI-FILM FESTIVAL 11:30-1:00 both days
Come see award-winning documentaries and Academy research films. Drop in anytime, stay as long as you like and eat low on the food chain with vegetarian brown bag lunches. These no-waste lunches are fully compostable, including your eating utensils! Films are free, fee for lunches.

THE RAINFOREST BUG ROOM 11:00-5:00 Saturday
Spectacular insects are one of the trademarks of the world's tropical rainforests. Come see the Academy's "Oh My!" collection of insect specimens and get your hands on some living creepy crawlies - if you dare!

THE RAINFOREST CRAFT CENTER 11:00-5:00 Sunday
Make your own tree-free paper or get creative with an all-recycled art activity. Then watch while sustainably harvested tagua nuts, known as vegetable ivory, get carved into jewelry.

ANIMAL EXTRAVAGANZA 10:00 - 4:00 both days
One frog, two frog, red frog, blue frog - plus snakes, skinks, geckos and iguanas, too! Have a head to head encounter with these exceptional inhabitants of the world's rainforests.

TALES FROM THE RAINFOREST 1:00 Saturday
Ruth Halpern has been collecting and telling stories around the world for more than twenty years. In this program, she shares traditional tales from various peoples living in the world's rainforests.

TAKE A RAINFOREST TOUR WITH STRYBING ARBORETUM both days
What makes a forest a rainforest? This weekend, compare plants from a high elevation rainforest, or cloud forest, with plants from California's redwood forest. Then join guides from Strybing Arboretum for a walk through their cloud forest groves just down the street.

DO THE LEMUR LEAP WITH THE ZOO 11:00 - 3:00 both days
Join the San Francisco Zoo in learning about some of the rainforest's longest leapers -- lemurs! Test your jumping skills and see how you measure up, examine a lemur's skull, and learn about their rainforest habitats.

PRODUCT SAMPLING both days
Join Odwalla and Whole Foods Market in sampling organic, sustainably harvested fruit juices and food products. Aveda Environmental Lifestyle Store will also be on hand to demonstrate beauty products that contain extracts from sustainably harvested rainforest plants.

FAMILY STORYTIME 10:30 both days
Join Academy librarians for stories from the rainforest in this weekly lap-sit program for young children.

 

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