What's On At The California Academy of Sciences
Programs and Lectures
December 2003/January 2004

The California Academy of Sciences is celebrating its last month in Golden Gate Park with programs, lectures and events. The Academy will be open free to the public on the last three days of the year, December 29, 30, and 31. Also, every Sunday in December we will assist visitors in taking "Parting Pictures" at their favorite exhibit spot whether it be the African Watering Hole or the Swamp. Now is the perfect time for visitors to catch exhibits closing December 31. The Academy will return to Golden Gate Park in 2008. In the interim the Academy will be open to the public with Steinhart Aquarium, changing natural history exhibits, programs, and courses at 875 Howard Street opening this coming Spring 2004.

-Free Family Programs-

Parting Pictures
Each Sunday in December
December 7, 14, 21, 28; 11am - 1pm
Visitors are invited to take farewell photos of the Academy before our move at the end of the year. Each Sunday in December, special photography zones by the African Watering Hole and the Swamp will be available. Each spot will have an assistant available to take photos of you and your family. Bring your camera and your smile. Free.

Sun Prints
Each Sunday in December
December 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Younger visitors are invited to make sun prints in the Academy courtyard each Sunday afternoon in December. Pressed leaves, flowers, shells, animal transparencies and stencils will be available for compositions. Free.

Three for Free
December 29, 30, 31; 9 am - 9pm
The Academy is free and open to the public the last three days of the year. In addition, Morrison Planetarium shows will be free. (Don't miss these last shows in the Planetarium until 2008.) Open extended hours these three days; all are invited to take this opportunity to visit the Academy in Golden Gate Park before the Academy migrates downtown to 875 Howard Street.

Winter Birding
Ages 8 and Up
Saturday, January 17; 9-11:30 am

Search for birds in Golden Gate Park, and learn about what to look for or hear when identifying birds in the field. We'll look for Anna's hummingbirds, downy woodpeckers, ruby-crowned kinglets, pygmy nuthatches, red-shouldered hawks, and more. Wear warm clothing in layers, walking shoes, and bring binoculars and water.

-Courses, Seminars and Field Trips-


Pre-registration is required.

Palo Alto Baylands and Mountain View Shoreline
Adult Seminar
Saturday, January 3
9:30 am to 3:30 pm; $30 members/ $40 non-members
Discover one of San Francisco bay's most accessible birding sites, where more than 80 bird species winter. Instructed by birder Dan Murphy.

Winter's Wildlife Wonders
Family Field Trip Saturday, January 31
2 pm Saturday-Noon Sunday; $50 Adults/$40 Children (members) $60 Adults/ $50 Children (non-members)
Discover the wonders of birds on this overnight at the Academy's Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa. Instructed by Academy curatorial assistant Moe Flannery and Pepperwood property manager and naturalist Michael Gillogly.


Avian Toxicity in New Guinea
Dr. Jack Dumbacher
With wonderful photos and lively tales, ornithologist Dr. Jack Dumbacher takes you on a field trip to Papua New Guinea, up the Purari River and into his field camp where he studies poisonous birds. Dumbacher has studied toxic birds for over 10 years at the University of Chicago and the Smithsonian, and now joins the Academy as the new curator of birds and mammals. Come learn about poisonous birds-what poisons they use, which birds use them, and how they may be adaptive to the birds.
Monday, January 12, 2:00 and 7:30 pm
Free to Members $8 non-members
Zeum Theater
221 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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