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The California Academy of Sciences Grand Opening at
(San Francisco) May 4, 2004 -- Fish will swim in new tanks, ants will
forage in their habitats, and visitors will see how comets form, in celebration
of the California Academy of Sciences' grand opening at 875 Howard Street.
The Academy opened its doors for preview days Saturday, May 1, now the
Academy celebrates its Grand Opening with a welcoming procession and festive
family fun Saturday, June 19, festivities continue through Sunday, June
March with Howard the Gi-ANT - Saturday, June 19; 10 a.m. Howard, a huggable costumed ant will lead a welcoming committee on a mini-march from Yerba Buena Gardens to 875 Howard Street. Welcoming committee members receive free admission, ant antennae, bubbles, and whistles. Reservations required call (415) 321-8122.
Touch Tide Pool - Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20; 10 am-5 pm - Join interns as they narrate the life in the newly-designed touch tide pool. Stop by to see and touch your favorite tide pool animals.
Bats Alive! - Saturday June 19; 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. Come in close contact with live bats and explore their wild side as Patricia Winters, A.KA. "Bat ma'am." shares information about their intriguing habits and conservation.
Highlight Tours - Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20; - Docents lead tours that explore our new aquarium, and two of our newest exhibits Ants and Astrobiology.
Children's Story Time - Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20; 10:30 am - The Academy's story time for children ages 3-7 takes place every Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. for the Academy's grand opening, story time will be held on Sunday as well.
Introduction to the Bay Area Ant Survey - Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20; 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. - Meet with Academy scientists and learn how to collect your own data and participate in this unique scientific study. The Academy will provide collection materials.
Making Comets - Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20; 2 pm - Using dry ice, Academy docents will discuss what a comet is made of, their orbits, and how to view them. This demo steams, bubbles, and gurgles in simulation of what a comet might do.
DNA Extraction - Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20; 3 pm - Watch and learn as interns spin vegetables to reveal their DNA and discuss the code of life. Interns will teach visitors about the importance and relevance of studying genetic material.
Arthropod World - Sunday, June 20; 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. - Explore the amazing world of arthropods, in this program you may meet live giant African millipedes, thorny phasmids, whip scorpions and more.
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