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

150 Years of Science Open March 1, 2003 - 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

Powers of Ten Closed


Earth Day 2003: Rainforests of the World
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 the many of world's rainforests, including brightly colored beetles and frogs, free-flying macaws, and even a two-toed sloth. Part of the Academy's fourth 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 the bus will receive free admission to the Academy. Complementary, secure bicycle parking will be provided near the front entrance. All Earth Day programs are free after museum admission.

-Field Trips, Seminars and Courses-

Tidepooling at Duxbury Reef - Discover everything from mollusks to the moon on this tidepooling adventure. Instructed by Academy educators Roberta Ayres and Jeff Dorman. Adult Field Trip Saturday, March 15, 2&;5 pm $45 non-members/$35 members

California Spring Wildflowers
In this intensive course, identify wildflowers and recognize plant families using The Jepson Manual. Instructed by botanist Glenn Keator. Adult Seminar and Field Trips Wednesdays, March 19 & May 21, 7 & 9 pm & 3 Saturdays, March 22, 29 & May 3, 10 am&;2:30 pm $200 non-members/$180 members

Exploring Point Reyes Habitats
Take a comfortable five-mile hike past elk, sea stars and seals. Instructed by Academy educator Ashley Conrad-Saydah. Field Trip for Families with Children Ages 8 and up Sunday, March 23, 10 am&;3 pm $40 adults/$30 children, non-members; $30 adults/$20 children, members

California Spring Wildflowers
In this intensive course, identify wildflowers and recognize plant families using The Jepson Manual. Instructed by botanist Glenn Keator. Adult Seminar and Field Trip-8 Wednesdays, March 19-May 21, 7-9 pm & 3 Saturdays, March 22 & 29 and May 3, 10 am-2:30 pm $195.

Skies of Spring
From the comfort of Morrison Planetarium, learn to locate Leo the lion, Virgo the maiden, Cancer the crab, and Hydra the sea serpent in this seasonal stargazing favorite. Instructed by astronomer Darryl Stanford. Adult Seminar-3 Mondays, March 24, 31 & April 7, 7-9 pm $45.

-Traditional Arts Programs-

Ragtime: The First American Music - Mention the word "ragtime" and most people think of Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" and the popular movie, "The Sting." This film sparked a renewal of interest in ragtime music in the United States. Ragtime's first heyday began back in the late 1890s and lasted for two decades. Ragtime is a lively style of music in which a syncopated melody is played against a steady, "boom-chick" accompaniment. The genre gets its name from the practice of ragging "transforming a "straight" musical line into something with a bit of a swing. Although the piano is the instrument most closely associated with the rag, much of ragtime music was played by ensembles in local music halls and on the vaudeville circuit. Violinist David Reffkin, who has been collecting ragtime orchestrations for nearly thirty years, founded The American Ragtime Ensemble in an effort to recreate the "tuneful, danceable, singable, embraceable melodies" of a "gentler" era. Using orchestration from Reffkin's collection, his group performs lively and engaging selections by well-known composers like Joplin and by forgotten geniuses of the genre. David Reffkin directs The American Ragtime Ensemble in a special concert Saturday, March 1, 1 pm .

Japanese Woodblock Printing
Artist Marco Flavio Marinucci demonstrates the process of making woodblock prints in the traditional Japanese style. He handles all aspects of the process himself, from carving the wood blocks, making the colorful inks, to the actual printing onto mulberry paper. Saturday, March 8, 1 pm .

German Folk Songs
Barb Kronau-Sorenson, on tour from Chicago, performs traditional German songs. Her repertoire includes lullabies, yodeling, and other lively tunes. Saturday, March 15, 1 pm

-Skull Skills-

Make a Skull - Examine real skulls and then make a simple machine skull model of your own. All ages. Saturdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Sundays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

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. Saturdays, March 1 and 22, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

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. Sunday, March 16, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

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, March 18, 11:30 am

Bird Skulls - Meet a live toucan, touch real bird skulls and explore avian skull design. Sunday, March 30, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm


Amory Lovins - The Annual Claire Matzger Lilienthal Distinguished Lecturer
City Arts and Lectures Presents the California Academy of Sciences Conversations at Herbst Theatre: Amory Lovins founder & CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute Natural Capitalism · Small is Profitable In conversation with Keay Davidson Wednesday, March 19, 8 pm. Tickets available through City Box Office only (415) 392-4400.

A Certain Curve of Horn:
The Hundred-Year Quest for the Giant Sable Antelope of Angola
Join John Frederick Walker as he weaves the tale, detailed in his new book, A Certain Curve of Horn, with stunning photographs of the giant sable antelope of Angola, with its striking coal-black coat and gracefully curved horns that reach over five feet long. More photos of its habitat in a thrilling blend of history, natural science, and adventure.
Thursday, March 6, 7:30 pm, Morrison Auditorium, $6 members/ $8 non-members.
Booksigning to follow the lecture.


150th Years of Science
Open March 1,2003 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. This exhibit will be on display in the Academy's Cafe opening October 12.

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 opening November 28.

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 Aquarium.

Steinhart Aquarium
Watch live sharks, alligators, penguins, hundreds of fish and a living coral reef at Steinhart Aquarium. Steinhart Aquarium 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.

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, March 5, 10 am - 8:45 pm California Academy of Sciences, Free.



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