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

EXHIBITS

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 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

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Chocolate - June 11 through September 5, 2005
A unique tree in a lush tropical environment. A seed so precious it was used by the Aztecs as a form of money. A spicy drink and a sweet snack. Chocolate is all this… and much more. Journey through history to get the complete story behind the tasty treat we crave in Chocolate: The Exhibition. Begin in the rainforest and explore the unique cacao tree whose seeds started it all. Visit the ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations and discover what chocolate meant nearly 1,500 years ago. Finally, follow chocolate's introduction into the upper class of European society and its transformation into a mass- produced world commodity. Chocolate is a sweet experience for all ages! Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000.

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 every Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 pm 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 am - 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 am 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 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 am 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 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

Scientific Illustration - March 1 - August 31, 2005
Recent works by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators will be on display through August 31, 2005. The skills of the scientific illustrator must extend far beyond the ability to create an attractive drawing. In addition to mastering the standard repertoire of artists' techniques, successful scientific illustrators must be proficient in a host of techniques and methods unique to their field. View watercolor, graphite, and digital works by Northern California masters. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

AUGUST EVENTS

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EVERY DAY
Penguin Feedings

During daily penguin feeding shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one of 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. Every day at 11 am and 3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

EVERY WEDNESDAY- SUNDAY
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. Takes place every Wednesday through Sunday in July at 4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2
Salamanders in your Backyard

Explore the worlds of secretive salamander species, examine specimens, and meet a live fire-bellied newt. 11 am-12 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4
Coral Reef Caretaking

Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about the power of plants. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Chocolate Soap Making Demonstration
Join Sky Valley Farm for a chocolate soap making demonstration and learn about the health benefits of natural ingredients in soaps. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about the power of plants. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Bird Beak Buffet
Study and compare bird specimens while learning about how varied bill shapes help our feathered friends eat different foods. 1:30 & 3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Chocolate & Wine Tasting
Pair chocolates from Peter Rabbit's Chocolate Factory, voted best Chocolatier this year by MetroActive, with wines from Hart's Desire Winery, a small, family owned winery known for superior balanced wines. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
Recchiuti Confections

Chocolate Tasting Sample chocolates from Recchiuti Confections while learning from the chef about chocolate infusions and artistry. Recchiuti is known for the fresh flavors and elegant beauty of its chocolates. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9
Skull Detectives

Dissect owl pellets with Academy naturalists. Learn how to use scientific keys to identify skulls, compare your bones with those of native herbivores, and prepare your own specimens to take home. 1:30 - 3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10
Coral Reef Caretaking

Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Venomous Fish
See preserved specimens of some of the world's most venomous fishes, and learn about their ecology and behavior. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about the power of plants. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Lake Champlain Chocolate Tasting
Sample single-origin chocolates from Lake Champlain Chocolates and discover how the geographic origin of chocolate affects its flavor. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about the power of plants. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission. Your Chocolate Figurine Make your own chocolate figurine to take home using special molds. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14
California Mammals

Explore the diversity of California mammals. Join educators to touch pelts, examine skulls, and learn more about wild animals and their adaptations to life in diverse habitats. 1-2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Godiva Chocolate Creations
Godiva will create chefs out of kids during two one hour sessions from 1-2 pm and 2-3 pm. Kids will don chef hats, learn the art of dipping, create chocolate animals, and take home goodie bags. Each class can accommodate 25 children, first come first serve. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
Lunch Break Lecture Series: Giant Sea Bass

Explore the life history of Steinhart Aquarium's 120-pound Giant sea bass. 12 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Coral Reef Caretaking
Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
Third Thursday

Filled with cocktails, conversation, clownfish, and corals, the Academy after-hours is the place to be on the third Thursday of every month. Explore exhibits and aquarium displays while listening to live music and enjoying a no-host bar. 5-9 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. $5 admission.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about the power of plants. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Fantastic Fish Finding
Get your hands wet and slimy while you practice using dichotomous keys to identify common fish of the San Francisco Bay. 11 am-12 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Chocolate Menus and Music
Collect chocolate recipes, get tips from a chef about working with chocolate, and learn music and food pairings. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about the power of plants. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Chocolate Festival
Celebrate the taste and culinary history of chocolate by participating in a full day of demonstrations, tastings, and activities for families. 11 am - 4:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Traditional Medicinal Uses of Cacao: 11 am - 4:30 pm
Meet a Curandero (traditional healer) and learn about the ways that chocolate is used in traditional Mexican medicines.

Chocolate for the Skin: 11:30 am
Learn about the non-edible uses of cocoa powder and cocoa butter as ingredients in skin-care products, and test handmade chocolate cosmetic products from Lush.

Cacao: The Botanist's Perspective: 1 pm
What does cacao look like? Where does it grow? In this illustrated talk, an Academy botanist presents the natural history and ecological aspects of cacao.

Xocolatl in the Supermarket: 2:30 pm
To the Aztecs, xocolatl was the "Food of the Gods" and figured prominently in both ritual ceremonies and their regular diet. Today, many chocolate items are available in local Mexican markets. Learn how these products are used for preparing traditional fare, and taste delicious samples.

Birds, Roaches, and Chocolate: 4 pm
Meet live roaches from the tropical rainforest, and learn why these arthropods - and others - are vital for cacao plant ecosystems and the birds they support.

What's That Ant in my Kitchen?
Learn how to collect and identify local ant species. Researchers working on the Bay Area Ant Survey will be available to answer questions and provide information on participating in this exciting scientific project. Materials will be provided. 2-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24
Skulls Tell it All

Can you tell what an animal eats by looking at its skull? Does it hunt other animals or is it hunted? Examine skull specimens from different animals and answer all these questions and more. 12-1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Coral Reef Caretaking
Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about the power of plants. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Cacao Anasa & Vermeer Tasting
Taste exotic handcrafted chocolates from Cacao Anasa, then wash them down with a sip of Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueur - an irresistible blend of pure Dutch chocolate, premium vodka, and rich cream. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about the power of plants. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Truffle Making & Tasting
Join pastry chef instructor Mark Hodgson from the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies Department, City College of San Francisco, for a tasty truffle-making demonstration. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
Global Warming Demonstration

Explore factors that affect global warming on Earth and elsewhere by sending virtual space probes to explore the nearby planets in our solar system. Your discoveries could help affect the future of the planet! 11:30 am - 3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31
Raptor Dinosaurs: Bird-like Predators of the Mesozoic

A lively presentation for all ages on Velociraptor and its close relatives. Examine fossil casts and mechanical models with Academy educators to see what these amazing Cretaceous killers were really like, inside and out. 11 am - 1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Coral Reef Caretaking
Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.


AUGUST COURSES & LECTURES

MONDAY, AUGUST 8
Chocolate: The Eighth Wonder of the World
Lecture by Robert Steinberg of Scharffen Berger Chocolate

A complex production process is required to transform the seeds of the cacao pod into one of the world's truly universal edible wonders. Join Steinberg, the co-founder of Berkeley's Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, as he describes the path that must be followed to bring chocolate, as we know it, into the world. He will also address the myths surrounding the supposed health benefits of chocolate. 2 pm & 7:30 pm; $8; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. For tickets, call (415) 379-8000.

WEDNEDAY - FRIDAY, AUGUST 10-12
Exploring Local Biodiversity
Overnight Fieldtrip with Amy Dean

Are you a teenager who loves exploring the outdoors and learning about plants and animals? Will you be a sophomore, junior, or senior in high school next year? Then this three-day overnight course in field biology is just for you! Begin at the Academy to see some of our amazing specimen collections on a behind-the-scenes tour. Afterwards, it's off to the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies for exciting hands-on activities, such as creating your own field journal, starting your own specimen collection, and collecting and identifying plankton. Spend the last day aboard the research vessel Questuary for field sampling on the San Francisco Bay. Suitable for students entering grades ten to twelve. 8:30 am Wednesday - 7 pm Friday; $340 (Scholarships, based on financial need, are available); California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. To register or for more info, call (415) 379-8000.

SATURDAY - SUNDAY, AUGUST 27-28
Pigeons Are Birds Too
Sketching Workshop with Carolynne Griffin

Sometimes called "rats with wings" or "urban vermin," pigeons are among the most reviled denizens of the avian world. Gain new respect for these underappreciated birds on this two-day sketching workshop. Learn about their fascinating history, including their long association with humans, and their adaptations to city life. Discover how to sketch them in the classroom, and then walk down the block to practice techniques at Yerba Buena Gardens. On the workshop's second day, sketch these ubiquitous birds at Golden Gate Park. Suitable for adults and teens ages fifteen and up. 9:30 am - 2 pm Saturday, 10 am - 12:30 pm Sunday; $60; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. To register or for more info, call (415) 379-8000.

 

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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PENGUIN FEEDINGS
Every Day

During daily penguin feeding shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one of 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. Every day at 11 am & 3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME
Fridays, August 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 2 pm
Saturdays, August 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 10:30 am

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories about the power of plants. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CORAL REEF CARETAKING
Wednesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 2:30 pm

Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy's two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef's inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. A second biologist will be available to answer questions. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SALAMANDERS IN YOUR BACKYARD
Tuesday, August 2 from 11 am - 12 pm

Explore the worlds of secretive salamander species, examine specimens, and meet a live fire-bellied newt. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

BIRD BEAK BUFFET
Saturday, August 6 at 1:30 & 3:30 pm

Compare bird specimens while learning about how varied bill shapes help our feathered friends eat different foods. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

YOUR CHOCOLATE FIGURINE
Saturday, August 13 from 2-4 pm

Make your own chocolate figurine to take home using special molds. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

GODIVA CHOCOLATE CREATIONS
Sunday, August 14 from 1-3 pm

Godiva will create chefs out of kids during two one hour sessions from 1-2 pm and 2-3 pm. Kids will don chef hats, learn the art of dipping, create chocolate animals, and take home goodie bags. Each class can accommodate 25 children, first come first serve. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FANTASTIC FISH FINDING
Friday, August 19 from 11 am-12 pm

Get your hands wet and slimy while you practice using dichotomous keys to identify common fish of the San Francisco Bay. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free w/ museum admission.

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 20 from 11 am - 4:30 pm

Celebrate the taste and culinary history of chocolate by participating in a full day of demonstrations, tastings, and activities for families. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SKULLS TELL IT ALL
Wednesday, August 24 from 12-1 pm

Can you tell what an animal eats by looking at its skull? Does it hunt other animals or is it hunted? Examine skull specimens from different animals and answer all these questions and more. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

RAPTOR DINOSAURS
Wednesday, August 31 from 11 am-1 pm

A lively presentation for all ages on Velociraptor and its close relatives. Examine fossil casts and mechanical models with Academy educators to see what these amazing Cretaceous killers were really like, inside and out. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. 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 free for children ages three and younger. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm 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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