Celebrate Earth Day at The California Academy of Sciences

All-day Festival on April 9, 2005

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SAN FRANCISCO (March 22, 2005) - Celebrate the 35th annual Earth Day with eco-friendly flair - join the Academy for a fun-filled festival on April 9th and learn how to help protect the planet while enjoying a range of hands-on activities and presentations. Perform a DNA extraction; chat with Academy biologists as they feed penguins, fish, and ants; try your hand at video microscopy; use recycled materials to create an artistic masterpiece; and much more. Additionally, explore the Pacific Energy Center, which is located just two doors down from the Academy at 875 Howard Street, where you can engage in hands-on exercises and demonstrations that address electricity, magnetism, energy generation, and energy saving ideas.

The festivities will be hosted by Howard the Gi-ANT, the Academy's huggable mascot. Howard will be joined by another animal ambassador - a live peregrine falcon will make appearances at 1 pm and at 2:45 pm. During this special program, presented in conjunction with the Predatory Bird Research Group from the University of California at Santa Cruz, visitors can learn what scientists are doing to protect raptors in California.

For more information, visit www.calacademy.org. All activities and programs are free with museum admission.



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. www.calacademy.org (415) 379-8000.

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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