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


Exhibits

Steinhart Aquarium
View thousands of fishes, a captivating array of reptiles and amphibians, and the Academy's beloved penguin colony at Steinhart Aquarium every day. The African penguins are fed every day at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm, when they dip and dive for vitamin-stuffed herring and capelins. 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.

Coral Reef
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. 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 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.

ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed - ongoing 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. 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. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

Programs, Courses & Lectures

LATINO HERITAGE MONTH
The California Academy of Sciences invites all to join the festivities of Latino Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). For further information, call (415) 379-8000.

Un Dia Con La Familia (Family Day)
Celebrate Latino Heritage Month at the Academy with a day of live programs, including traditional music and dance performances and craft-making classes. Saturday, October 2, 10:30 am-4 pm, California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. All programs are free with museum admission. See detailed schedule below:

10:30 am - Aztec Ceremonial Dances
Ernesto Hernadez Olmos and his musical group, Xaguia, will perform traditional Aztec ceremonial dances to the accompaniment of pre-Columbian music. Their heavily percussive music will feature pre-Columbian instruments such as drums, raspers, and gourd rattles.

11:30 am - Dances from Chile
Grupo Araucaria will perform dances that are typical of the different regions of Chile. They will wear colorful, traditional costumes that highlight each region's distinct cultural heritage.

12:30 pm - Traditional Bolivian Music
Oscar Reynolds and the Karumanta Ensemble will play music from Bolivia, Afro-Bolivia and Afro-Peru on traditional instruments, including the 10-stringed charango, guitar, the cajon (box drum), and the zamponas (panpipes).

1:30 pm - Argentine Tango Music
Seth Arsenow will present traditional Argentine tango music performed on the bandoleon, an accordion-like instrument. Accompanied by a guitar, he will play some of the more lyrical tango compositions.

3:00 pm - Flamenco Dancing
San Francisco-based Grupo Andanza will perform Spanish Flamenco dances. They will present a variety of little-known repertoire in an attempt to preserve and promote Spanish music and dance.

ALL DAY - Make Your Own Paper Flower
Paper flowers are used in a wide variety of Mexican festivals, celebrations and weddings. Learn about their uses and make your own colorful flower out of tissue paper to take home.

ALL DAY - Mexican Food Carving Demonstration
Arthur Escoto will demonstrate food carving with radishes and other vegetables. This traditional craft is performed each year during the "Día de los Rabanos" (The Day of the Radishes), a festival that has been celebrated in Oaxaca, México for the last 200 years.

ALL DAY - Create a Columbian Clay Figurine
Columbia's Muisca Indians are known for their beautiful crafts, including their ceramics. Learn to make a Muisca clay figurine using traditional Columbian methods, and take home your creation at the end of the day.

OCTOBER ACTIVITIES
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 October at 4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

California Reptiles
Examine Naturalist Center reptile specimens and learn more about the snakes, lizards, and turtles that live around the San Francisco Bay Area. Saturday, October 2 at 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Children's Story Time
Story Time takes place every Saturday. In October, the stories will honor Latino Heritage Month. Stories are age appropriate for children ages 3-7. Saturday, October 2 at 11 am; 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, October 8, 3-3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Children's Story Time
Story Time takes place every Saturday. In October, the stories will honor Latino Heritage Month. Stories are age appropriate for children ages 3-7. Saturday, October 9 at 11 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 amongst our feathered friends. Saturday, October 9 at 11 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Birds of the Presidio
Birding field trip with Dan Murphy for adults and teens ages 15 and up. Reservations required. Saturday, October 16, 8 am - Noon; Presidio, San Francisco; $20 members, $30 non-members. (415) 379-8000.

Children's Story Time
Story Time takes place every Saturday. In October, the stories will honor Latino Heritage Month. Stories are age appropriate for children ages 3-7. Saturday, October 16 at 11 am; 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, October 16, 11:30 am & 2:30 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. Monday, October 18, 2 - 4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

In the Heat of the Night: Exploring the Invisible Universe
Benjamin Dean Lecture with Dr. Michelle Thaller
The Spitzer Space Telescope is returning spectacular images of what our universe looks like when viewed in infrared light. It sees through dense clouds of gas and dust to unveil clues about star formation, newly forming planetary systems, the black hole in the middle of the Milky Way, and much more. Join Dr. Michelle Thaller from the California Institute of Technology as she talks about these discoveries. To order tickets, call (415) 379-8000. Tickets also sold at the door, when available. Monday, October 18, 7:30 pm; $4 general admission, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street.

Scientific Illustration
Meet a scientific illustrator and experience a live demonstration of drawings used for scientific publications and research. Friday, October 22, 3-3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Children's Story Time
Story Time takes place every Saturday. In October, the stories will honor Latino Heritage Month. Stories are age appropriate for children ages 3-7. Saturday, October 23 at 11 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

BIOFORUM: The Amazing World of Ants
Ant experts from around the country present their research on the evolution of ants, invasive ant species, ant fossils, and the ecological role of Leaf Cutter and Seed Harvester ants. Attendees will have the opportunity to study the Academy's new ANTS exhibit and ask the experts questions. Reservations Required. Saturday, October 23, 8:15 am - 4 pm; $25 members, $30 non-members, $15 students; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street & Zeum, 221 4th Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000.

Pepperwood Oak Woodlands
Adult field trip to the Academy's Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa for adults and teens ages 15 and up. Pepperwood is a 3,117 acre nature preserve with a diverse array of plant communities including Douglas fir forest, oak woodland, grassland, vernal pools, and redwood forest. Over a hundred species of birds and 27 species of reptiles and amphibians make their home at Pepperwood. Reservations required. Sunday, October 24, 10 am - 3 pm; $25 members, $35 non-members; Pepperwood Preserve, Santa Rosa. (415) 379-8000.

Lunch Break Lecture Series: Peregrine Falcons in the City
There are only 250 known breeding pairs of Peregrine falcons in the state, and one of them has nested in the city of San Francisco. Explore the life history of these birds, which are among the fastest predators on Earth, and view a Peregrine falcon specimen. Wednesday, October 27, 12:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Children's Story Time
Story Time takes place every Saturday. In October, the stories will honor Latino Heritage Month. Stories are age appropriate for children ages 3-7. Saturday, October 30, 11 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

For Kids: Fall Birdwatching
Thousands of migrating birds fly over California every fall as they head south - search for them in Golden Gate Park. Participants will look for sharp-shinned hawks, yellow-rumped and Townsend's warblers, cedar waxwings, and more. Wear warm, layered clothing and walking shoes, and bring binoculars and water. Ages 8 and up. FREE. Reservations required: (415) 379-8000. Saturday, October 30, 9-10:30 am; Meet at the corner of Middle Drive Road and 9th Avenue in Golden Gate Park. Rain cancels program. (415) 379-8000.

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