What's On in November at the California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Courses, Programs, and Lectures


Exhibits

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African Penguin Colony - ongoing exhibit
Watch as The Academy's African penguins dip and dive in their new tank, which contains four times as much water and nearly twice as much land as their old home in Golden Gate Park. Enjoy feeding shows every day at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm. During the shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one the Academy's aquatic biologists dons a wet suit, measures the temperature of the air and water, and then steps into the pool to toss vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

SSsssnake Alley - ongoing exhibit
They're scaly, slinky, and slithery, and they line the walls of a winding passageway called SSsssnake Alley. View Steinhart Aquarium residents that formerly made their home in the Swamp in Golden Gate Park, including the anaconda, African rock python, ball python, pine snake, vine snakes, California kingsnake, ground boas, and emerald tree boas. Stop by and say hello to some of your favorite slithering snakes. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

Touch Tidepool - ongoing exhibit
During your next trip to the aquarium, don't let the fish have all the fun - start splashing at the Touch Tidepool, where visitors can handle a few of the animals that live along the California coastline, including sea stars, turban snails, hermit crabs, and sea cucumbers. The tidepool is staffed from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm almost every day with naturalists and trained nature lovers who can answer questions about the animals and their habitat. Even when facilitators are not present, clear plexiglass tank walls allow visitors to view the tidepool inhabitants. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

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Coral Reef - ongoing exhibit
View a two-story, 20,000-gallon coral reef tank that features dozens of tropical reef fish as well as a wide variety of colorful corals. Children will especially love seeing the common clownfish (often called Nemo) and the blue tang (otherwise known as Dory). Wetsuit-clad divers enter the tank often to care for the corals and clean the tank walls. Academy biologists are using this enormous tank to test ideas for the even larger 225,000-gallon coral reef tank that will be a part of the New Academy when it opens in Golden Gate Park in 2008. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

Steinhart Aquarium - ongoing exhibit
View thousands of fishes, a captivating array of reptiles and amphibians, and the Academy's beloved penguin colony at Steinhart Aquarium every day. Now that the animals are happily housed at 875 Howard Street, visitors may view them in up-close displays that bring the back of the house to the front, allowing the public to see the equipment and technology required to keep an aquarium running. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

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ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed - through April 2005
Curated by Academy entomologist Brian Fisher, ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed showcases six colonies of live ants, each of which display distinctive nest building and food collecting behaviors. Four of the species represented - Harvester ants, Carpenter ants, Honeypot ants, and invasive Argentine ants - are commonly found in California. The other two species, however, come from farther afield. Leaf Cutter ants, which cultivate gardens of fungus in order to ensure a steady food supply, make their home in the tropical rainforests of South America, while meat-eating Army ants migrate through parts of Africa and the Americas in search of prey. Each of the six live ant colonies offers visitors the chance to look inside the chambers and tunnels of the ants' nests and watch them forage for food. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme - ongoing exhibit
What is life? How do we study it? Where is it found on Earth? And does it exist elsewhere in the Universe? To identify the types of environments that would be capable of supporting life beyond our own planet, astrobiologists must study the limits of life here on Earth. They do this by researching extreme environments, such as thermal springs and hydrothermal vents (geysers on the ocean floor), that host hardy living organisms. Both of these types of extreme environments are explored in the Academy's exhibit, Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme. Astrobiology is an exciting new scientific discipline that combines the traditional fields of astronomy, biology, geology, chemistry, and physics to address a vast topic: the study of life in the Universe. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

Programs, Courses & Lectures

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
The California Academy of Sciences invites all to join the festivities of Native American Heritage Month in November. For further information, call (415) 379-8000.

Wappo Ethnobotany
For thousands of years, the Wappo Indians of Sonoma and Napa counties relied on plants for daily uses, such as food, medicines, basketry, shelter, clothing, musical instruments, and fishing nets. Wappo basketmaker Christine Gabaldo will bring a selection of California native plants to the Academy and discuss their traditional and contemporary uses, as well as demonstrate how to make rope from dried dogbane. Saturday, November 6, 1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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California Indians: A Way of Life
Explore cultural traditions of California Indians through an ongoing demonstration by world-renowned artists and educators Julia and Lucy Parker. Julia Parker, a noted Pomo basket weaver and a cultural interpreter with the Indian Cultural Program at Yosemite National Park, has had her work featured at the Smithsonian Institution and in the collection of the Queen of England. Julia's daughter, Lucy Parker, is a traditional artist known for crafting baskets, jewelry, and games, and still practices the traditions of her ancestors, the Yosemite Indians. Thursday through Sunday, November 11-14, 10:30 am-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Celebrating Native American Traditions
Academy visitors can enjoy a full day of activities focusing on the tribal and indigenous heritage of the Americas. Sunday, November 14, 10:30 am-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Hopi Silverwork 10:30 am-4 pm
Duane Tawahongva will demonstrate the overlay techniques of traditional Hopi Indian jewelry. Many of his designs, including clouds, waves, and prayer feathers, are inspired by petroglyph images found in the areas surrounding his village.

Pine Nut Bead Necklaces
10:30 am-4 pm

Join Renee Shahrokh and craft a pine nut bead necklace, made out of sanded and drilled pine nuts and shells. Learn what these necklaces symbolize and their importance to the American Indian community.

Yup'ik Eskimo Culture
11:30 am

Chuna McIntyre will present some of the NuNamta Yup'ik art forms and customs he learned from his grandmother while growing up in the village of Eek. Using music, stories, dances, and traditional clothing, he will share the beliefs and values of the Eskimo world.

Plains Indian Beadwork
1 pm

Kaiwie Fastwolf learned Kootenai beadworking skills from her husband's grandmother, she specializes in sewing small glass beads onto soft brain-tanned hides. In this program, Kaiwie will use the tack-down technique on buckskin, creating plateau-style designs.

Yaqui Indian Music
2 pm

In this presentation, Martin Espino will show pre-Hispanic musical instruments, handmade from natural materials, and demonstrate their unique sounds. He will invite visitors to join him in playing these instruments as he shares the sounds, language, and history of his culture.

Yaqui Indian Storytelling
3:30 pm

In his second program, Martin Espino will focus on the oral traditions of his Yaqui Indian heritage with a selection of stories and humorous anecdotes from the Sonora region of Mexico.

 

NOVEMBER ACTIVITIES

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Afternoon Hands-on Science at the Academy
Hands-on learning demonstrators teach visitors of all ages how to examine microscopic aquatic life or study adaptations of marine animals. Taking place every Wednesday through Sunday in November at 4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Lord of the Rings: The Cassini Mission to Saturn Benjamin Dean lecture with Kevin Grazier, Ph.D.
On June 30, the largest and most sophisticated spacecraft ever sent into deep space entered orbit around Saturn after a nearly seven-year journey. This was the first step of a four-year nominal mission during which Cassini will explore Saturn, its rings, satellites, and magnetic environment, while the Huygens probe will make in situ measurements of the satellite Titan. To order tickets, call (415) 379-8000. Tickets also sold at the door, when available. Monday, November 1, 7:30-9 pm; $4; JCCSF, 3200 California Street.

Herbivore, Omnivore, Carnivore: A Study of Structure and Function
Teacher workshop for grades K-8 focuses on what can be learned about an animal from the study of its skull. Learn some of the critical differences that distinguish herbivores from carnivores and how omnivores differ from both. Reservations required. Thursday, November 4, 4-6 pm; $15 members/$20 non-members. (415) 379-8000.

Children's Story Time
Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will feature stories honoring Native American Heritage Month. Saturday, November 6, 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Briones Nature Adventure
Family field trip with Chris Giorni for adults and children ages six and up. Have a blast in the East Bay exploring beautiful Briones Park with spectacular views of the Sacramento River Delta and rolling green hills. Search for threatened western pond turtles in secluded waterways. Look carefully for western fence lizards darting across the trail. Turn over logs to discover resting ring-necked snakes, Pacific tree frogs, and California slender salamanders. Scan for red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, and golden eagles high in the sky, as well as American coots and great blue herons feeding in ponds. Plan to walk two to three miles. Reservations required. Saturday, November 6, 11 am-2 pm; $20 adults & $15 children members, $30 adults & $25 children non-members; Briones Park. (415) 379-8000.

Wappo Ethnobotany
Learn about the native uses for plants in the Wappo culture. See above for more information. Saturday, November 6, 1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Introduction to the Bay Area Ant Survey
Meet with Academy scientists and learn how to participate in this unique scientific study. Limited to first 20 participants. Saturday, November 6, 1 & 3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

California Indians: A Way of Life
Explore cultural traditions of California Indians through an ongoing demonstration by world-renowned artists and educators Julia and Lucy Parker. See above for more information. Thursday through Sunday, November 11-14, 10:30 am-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Scientific Illustration
Meet a scientific illustrator and experience a live demonstration of drawings used for scientific publications and research. Friday, November 12, 3-3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Children's Story Time
Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will feature stories honoring Native American Heritage Month. Saturday, November 13, 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Celebrating Native American Traditions
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at the Academy with live performances and activities. See above for more information. Sunday, November 14, 10:30 am-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

The California Academy of Sciences and The Sierra Club Present:
A Special Screening of OIL ON ICE, narrated by Peter Coyote

Filmmakers Dale Djerassi and Bo Boudart, in association with Lobitos Creek Ranch, have completed production of OIL ON ICE, a multi-faceted media project about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the controversy over drilling for oil. An effort to inform viewers about the connections between oil, the environment, and America’s energy future, OIL ON ICE includes a one-hour documentary film, four-minute exhibition video, WebDVD and Website. View a special screening of the one hour documentary on Sunday, November 14, from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Castro Theater; $10 general admission; (415) 379-8000.

Ants in Your Schoolyard
Teacher workshop for grades K-12

Workshop includes a tour of the ANTS exhibit and an introduction to pre-visit and exhibit-related activities for students in preparation for a fieldtrip to the Academy's exhibit, ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed. Workshop participants will learn to identify ants commonly found in the Bay Area. Teachers can also learn how to have their students participate in an Academy survey of ants in the Bay Area. Reservations required. Tuesday, November 15, 4-6 pm; $15 members, $20 non-members; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

The California Academy of Sciences Presents
An Evening with Richard Dawkins
Special lecture sponsored by City Arts & Lectures

Throughout his prestigious career, Richard Dawkins, Ph.D., Professor of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, has sought to rebut the widespread misunderstandings of evolutionary theory from Darwin onwards. In his best-selling books including The Selfish Gene, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil's Chaplain, Dawkins has exposed common misperceptions and rendered accessible the newest and most thought-provoking theories of the origins of life. In his most recent work, The Ancestor's Tale, Dawkins presents an expansive and comprehensive look at evolution. Firmly rooted in his extensive knowledge of the history of evolutionary studies and the latest developments in the field, as well as Dawkins' own controversial theories, his latest book loosely follows the structure of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. For tickets, call the City Box Office at (415) 392-4400 or visit cityboxoffice.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, when available. Tuesday, November 16, 8 pm; $18.50; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.

Out of the Lab
Get a glimpse into the science behind-the-scenes at the Academy. Curators and scientists will show their latest acquisitions and talk about their research in places near and far. Wednesday, November 17, 12-1:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

The California Academy of Sciences Presents
Evolution's Rainbow: A Closer Look At Darwin and Sexual Selection
Lecture by Joan Roughgarden, Ph.D.

In this innovative celebration of diversity in animals and humans, Joan Roughgarden, Ph.D., challenges accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation. A distinguished evolutionary biologist at Stanford University, Roughgarden takes on the medical establishment, the Bible, social science, and even Darwin himself. She examines diversity in gender and sexuality among fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals, including primates. Roughgarden argues that principal elements of Darwinian sexual selection theory are false and suggests a new theory that emphasizes social inclusion and control of access to resources and mating opportunity. She disputes a range of scientific and medical concepts, including the existence of a gay gene, evolutionary psychology, and Richard Dawkins' 'selfish gene' as the driver of natural selection. Booksigning to follow the lecture. To order tickets, call (415) 292-1233 or e-mail arts@jccsf.org. Tickets also sold at the door, when available. For more information, call (415) 379-8000 or e-mail lectures@calacademy.org. Thursday, November 18, 8 pm; $6 members & students, $8 non-members; Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street at Presidio Avenue.

Children's Story Time
Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will feature stories honoring Native American Heritage Month. Saturday, November 20, 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Meet a Tarantula
Learn abut the fascinating world of spiders and meet a live tarantula. Saturday, November 20, 12 & 1:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Introduction to the Bay Area Ant Survey
Meet with Academy scientists and learn how to participate in this unique scientific study. Limited to first 20 participants. Saturday, November 20, 1:00 & 3:00 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Visualization Center Open House
Visit the Academy's Space Science Visualization Center in the Astrobiology exhibit and talk with Morrison Planetarium employees who are working to create content for the Academy's new planetarium. Saturday, November 20, 2 - 4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Lunch Break Lecture Series: Parrots in the City
Exotic parrots now inhabit the city of San Francisco. Explore their life history through a slide show. Wednesday, November 24, 12:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Scientific Illustration
Meet a scientific illustrator and experience a live demonstration of drawings used for scientific publications and research. Friday, November 26, 3-3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Children's Story Time
Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for Story Time. This month's selections will feature stories honoring Native American Heritage Month. Saturday, November 27, 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Bird Beak Buffet
Participate in an educational demonstration and explore adaptations for feeding in birds. Study and compare various bird specimens as Naturalist Center staff and interns teach visitors about bill variation in these feathered friends. Saturday, November 27, 12:00 & 3:00 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Run To The Far Side® XX
San Francisco's most unusual run is just around the corner! Join thousands of runners in a 5K or 10K race that pays tribute to the eccentric cartoon creations of Gary Larson. It is the only race where herds of costumed cows, chickens, cavemen, and assorted Far Side fanatics compete side-by-side with serious athletes in a beautiful jaunt through Golden Gate Park. Proceeds from this twenty-year-old fundraiser benefit the Academy's education and research efforts. For more information or to register, go to www.calacademy.org or call the RhodyCo race hotline at (415) 759-2690. Sunday, November 28, 8:30 am; Pre-registration prices: $20 members, $25 non-members; Golden Gate Park.

 

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