Applications are currently being accepted -- Docent training begins Oct. 11

SAN FRANCISCO (July 28, 2005) – Do you consider yourself to be a lifelong learner? Would you like to interact with eminent scientists who conduct cutting-edge scientific research? Are you looking for a way to share the joy of discovery with others? Then the Docent Program at the California Academy of Sciences is for you. The Academy is currently accepting applications for its next class of docents. Training for this class begins on October 11, 2005 and is conducted by the Academy’s own scientists.

After completing the initial training course, Academy docents further the educational mission of the Academy by offering regular, high-quality interpretive services for school groups and the public, including guided tours and scientific demonstrations. Docents also receive a number of benefits, including a 15% discount at the Academy Store, free admission to the Legion of Honor, free admission to Academy lectures, and first priority access to docent enrichment field trips and workshops.

For more information about the Academy’s Docent Program, or to request an application, contact Rosalind Henning at or (415) 321-8111.


The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875 Howard Street, Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard Street is: $7 for adults, $4.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID, $2 for children ages four to 11 and children ages three and younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. (415) 321-8000.

The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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