What's On At The California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Lectures, Programs and Events
June 2003

150 Years of Science Ongoing through December 31, 2003

Skulls Ongoing through December 31, 2003

X-Ray Ichthyology Ongoing through December 31, 2003

Village Children Ongoing through December 31, 2003

Dennis Anderson Photos Ongoing through December 31, 2003

Summer Hours Begin May 24, 2003
The California Academy of Sciences once again extends its regular hours open to the public for summer. Beginning May 24, 2003 and continuing through Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2003 the Academy will be open from 9 am to 6 pm. After September 1, the Academy will return to regular business hours from 10 am to 5 pm. The Academy is open every day.


The California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary Festival in Golden Gate Park
Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7, 2003

How does the oldest scientific institution in the west celebrate its 150th Anniversary? With an outdoor street festival in 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 Academy will celebrate its birthday with musical and children's entertainment, scientific demonstrations, street festival foods and free cake.
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 150 years 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
The Festival is free and open to the public, admission to the museum will remain $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for youth ages 11- 17, $2.00 for children ages 4-11 and free for children ages 3 and under. Visitors who ride bikes or take public transit will receive free admission to the museum.

-Free Programs-

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. Wednesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 11, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm; FREE with museum admission

Skull Sounds
Discover the strange sounds that animals can make with their skulls, and explore the way your skull affects your voice. Thursday, June 5, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm; FREE with museum admission

Children's Story Time
Stories from the Seashore. Saturday, June 7, Saturday, June 14, Saturday, June 21, and Saturday, June 28, for ages 3-7. 10:30 am; FREE with museum admission

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. Saturday, June 7 and Thursday, June 19, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm; FREE with museum admission

Bird Skulls
Meet a live toucan, touch real bird skulls and explore avian skull design. Sunday, June 8, and Wednesday June 18, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm; FREE with museum admission

Make A Skull
Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages. Thursday, June 12, Sunday, June 15, Saturday, June 21, Sunday, June 22, Wednesday, June 25, Thursday, June 26 and Saturday, June 28, 12:30-3:30 pm; FREE with museum admission

Mysterious Victims
Examine the hunting technique of hawks, eagles and other flying predators. Saturday, June 14, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm; FREE with museum admission

A Social History of Juggling
Juggler Andrew Conway will discuss the social contexts surrounding the traditional art of juggling. His presentation will be illustrated with lively demonstrations of various styles of juggling and the use of such diverse props as clubs, balls, rings, devilsticks, diabolos, and cigar boxes. Saturday, June 14, 1 pm; FREE with museum admission

Owl Pellet Forensics
Look for skulls in owl pellets and find out who is on the menu. We'll provide owl pellets, dissecting tools, and skull identification guides. Tuesday, June 17 11:30 am-12:30 pm; FREE with museum admission

Oral Improvisation Workshop
Improvisation-the art of on-the-spot creation-is central to the oral traditions of many societies. In Eastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia, Africa and elsewhere, the verbal dexterity required to compose oral verse is a valued skill. In this workshop, poet and storyteller Tureeda Mikell offers you the chance to develop your own skills in the creation of oral poetry. Saturday, June 21, 1 pm; FREE with museum admission

Chinese Dance
Diana Ming Chan and the Heritage Dancers perform songs and dances from the folk and classical traditions of China. Saturday, June 28, 1 pm; FREE with museum admission


Botox Nation: When Human Faces Loose Their Humanity
Nina Jablonski, Ph.D.

Botox cosmetic procedures have become a popular and relatively painless way to reduce the severity of frown lines and make the face look younger. Join Jablonski for this lecture as she explores how the use of Botox, by immobilizing the muscles in the face, may lead to miscommunication of feelings and intentions. Wednesday, June 11, 2 & 7:30 pm $8 members; California Academy of Sciences

Black Holes, Jets and Einstein's Dream
Active galaxies shine more brightly than regular galaxies due to increases in the mass of enormous black holes at their centers as gravity causes the collection of surrounding interstellar gases and other objects. Some produce jets moving at nearly the speed of light, leading to several illusions predicted by Einstein. Phenomena that Einstein only imagined are now observed in many places in our Universe. Dr. Meg Urry from Yale University will discuss these fascinating objects in the final lecture of the spring Dean series. Tuesday, June 10, 7:30-9 pm, $3. Tickets may be purchased at the door 415-750-7127. California Academy of Sciences

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the First Ascent of Everest
Peter Hillary

Peter Hillary is an excellent alpinist who-like his father, legendary explorer Sir Edmund Hillary-has climbed Mt. Everest and traversed Antarctica to the South Pole. In this lecture, Hillary presents with photos the value and the impact of adventure travel on remote eco-systems and cultures throughout the world, the science of high-altitude climbs, and combines heart-stopping and humorous stories of challenge, perseverance, and achievement that are at once both inspirational and entertaining. Author of five books and many articles, Hillary will also be signing his latest book, In the Ghost Country. Thursday, June 12, 7:30 pm $8. California Academy of Sciences.

-Classes, Seminars and Field Trips-

Fossil Impressions
Capture fleeting impressions of ancient life forms by using stamps to transfer beautiful fossil patterns onto a shirt. Instructed by enthusiast Ralph Miller III. Workshop for Families with Children Ages 6 and up-Sunday, June 1, 1-4 pm $40 adults/$35 children.

Botany of the Bay Area: Coastal Communities
Discover the unique mechanisms the Bay Area's coastal plants have developed to live in harsh coastal communities. Instructed by botanist Glenn Keator. Adult Seminar and Field Trip-three Wednesdays, June 11, 18 & 25, 7-9 pm, & three Sundays, June 15, 22 & 29, 10 am-3 pm; $110 Registration required

Biological Illustration in Color
Learn to create brilliant images of flowers, seashells, butterflies, and other creatures using the layered-burnished colored pencil technique. Instructed by zoologist and artist Charles Stasek. Adult Workshop-Sunday, June 8, 9:30 am-4:30 pm $65.

Pepperwood Adventurers

The Academy's Pepperwood Preserve, located in Sonoma County, serves as base camp and laboratory for this exciting outdoor-education adventure. Spend three days exploring its many interesting habitats, where cool coyotes, fun frogs, and pesky pigs roam. Instructed by Academy staff. Camp Academy for Children Ages 10-12-Orientation: Monday, June 16, 1-3 pm; Field Trip: Tuesday-Thursday, June 17-19, 8:45 am Tuesday-5:00 Thursday $375. Scholarships are available.

Botanical Illustration: Cacti and Other Succulents
Celebrate the summer solstice by using graphite pencils to draw the various succulents in Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Instructed by artist Carolynne Griffin. Adult Workshop-Saturday, June 21, 10 am-4 pm $65.

The Secret Lives of Birds
Discover the unexpected places birds build their nests, the materials they use, and the variety of parenting skills they employ in Golden Gate Park and in your own backyard. Instructed by Academy ornithologist Moe Flannery. Field Trip for Families with Children Ages 6 and up. Saturday, June 28, 9 am to noon $35 adults/$30 children, registration required


150 Years of Science: Exploring Nature's Wonders
Ongoing through December 31, 2003

The Academy's 150th Anniversary Exhibit: 150 Years of Science: Exploring Nature's Wonders features an enormous timeline streaming through the Academy's exhibit halls, giving visitors the opportunity to walk through 150 years of history as they learn how world events and major discoveries have shaped the pursuit of science and the Academy. The timeline will lead visitors to further exhibits that detail the Academy's plans for its future.

Ongoing through December 31, 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 December 31, 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 December 31, 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.

Dennis Anderson Photos
Ongoing through December 31, 2003
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.

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, June 4, 10 am - 8:45 pm California Academy of Sciences, Free