What's On in June 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 that 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 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 am 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 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

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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 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.

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 2
Salamanders In Your Backyard

Explore the worlds of secretive salamander species, examine specimens, and meet a live fire-bellied newt. 2-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections all have water-related themes. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Scientific Illustration Demonstration
Meet a scientific illustrator and experience a live demo of drawings used for scientific publications and research. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections all have water-related themes. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Global Warming Demonstration
Explore factors that affect global warming 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-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5
Global Warming Demonstration
Explore factors that affect global warming 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-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections all have water-related themes. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Scientific Illustration Demonstration
Meet a scientific illustrator and experience a live demo of drawings used for scientific publications and research. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Rock On
Discover how to identify rock specimens with an Academy naturalist. Bring rocks from your own collection to name and classify, and learn about the tools that are used to identify unknown rock and mineral samples. 1:30-3:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections all have water-related themes. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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Chocolate Opening Ceremonies: Aztec Dancing
Enjoy traditional Aztec dances performed by Ernesto Hernandez Olmos and the Xaguia Gura Ensemble. The Aztecs were among the world's earliest chocolate drinkers. 11 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

A Chocolate Masterpiece
Watch as award-winning food sculptor Arthur Escoto carves a 200-pound block of chocolate into a sculpture inspired by the aquatic creatures of Steinhart Aquarium. 10:30 am-4:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12
A Chocolate Masterpiece

Watch as award-winning food sculptor Arthur Escoto carves a 200-pound block of chocolate into a sculpture inspired by the aquatic creatures of Steinhart Aquarium. 10:30 am-4:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15
Lunch Break Lecture Series: The Pantanal

Join us for an armchair journey into one of the largest wetlands in the planet. The Pantanal lies in the middle of South America and is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. 12 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16
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, JUNE 17
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections all have water-related themes. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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Godiva Chocolate Tasting
Taste delectable chocolate morsels from Godiva Chocolatier, a world leader in fine chocolates for nearly 80 years. 2-4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Scientific Illustration Demonstration
Meet a scientific illustrator and experience a live demo of drawings used for scientific publications and research. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (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.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections all have water-related themes. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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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.

Mole Tamales: 11 am - 4:30 pm
Sample mole tamales, as made in the state of Puebla, México, and take home printed recipes. Mole is a traditional sauce made with chocolate.

Regional Varieties of Chocolate: 11:30 am
Learn about the cultivation, harvesting, and roasting of cacao beans, and test your ability to identify the origin of cacao beans through chocolate tastings.

The Mayan Gift of Chocolate: 1 pm
Listen to stories about chocolate, learn about the Cacao God, and sing a chocolate chant in Spanish.

The History of Chocolate: 2:30 pm
Learn about the factors that influence the quality of chocolate products while tasting your way through the chocolate-making process.

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.

FRIDAY, JUNE 24
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections all have water-related themes. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

La Dolce V Chocolate Tasting
Sample handcrafted chocolates from La Dolce V, an artisan business that uses only the purest of high quality ingredients. 12-2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Scientific Illustration Demonstration
Meet a scientific illustrator and experience a live demo of drawings used for scientific publications and research. 2:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Fantastic Fish Finding
Come get your hands wet and slimy while you practice using dichotomous keys to identify common fish of the San Francisco Bay. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections all have water-related themes. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Global Warming Demonstration
Explore factors that affect global warming 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, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Chocolate Fountains and Buffets
Learn how to design your own artistic chocolate buffet with Simply Perfect catering, and test out the hottest new trend in chocolate fondues - the chocolate fountain - with Elegant Weddings By Design. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
Chocolate Ecology 101

Learn about the amazing ecology of the cacao plant and its environment. Meet darkling beetles, Eastern lubber grasshoppers, giant African millipedes, Australian walking sticks, giant thorny phasmids, whip scorpions, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches. 1:15 & 3:15 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30
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 & 12 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

 

JUNE LECTURES

MONDAY, JUNE 6
Sun-Earth Connections: Scientific, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives
Lecture by Dr. Isabel Hawkins, UC Berkeley

The Sun, a sacred symbol in many cultures, is the topic of fascinating research by scientists who investigate the effects of this star on Earth and other planets. Learn from cutting-edge research about the ways solar wind and other dynamic space weather phenomena affect our technology-dependent society today. 7:30 pm; $4; Jewish Community Center of San Francisco; 3200 California Street; San Francisco. For tickets, call (415) 379-8000.

MONDAY, JUNE 13
The Secret Life of Teeth
Lecture by Dr. Adrienne L. Zihlman, UC Santa Cruz

New techniques to study teeth reveal surprises about the effects of diet, illness, and growth on human development. Comparative studies of chimpanzees, other primates, and humans show that tooth eruption is tied to the timing of brain growth. In applying our knowledge to the hominid fossil record, including Homo erectus and Neanderthals, we are discovering that some of our long held views about brain growth and life history need rethinking. Join Zihlman as she describes the fascinating world of teeth and what it reveals about our forbearers and us. 2 pm & 7:30 pm; $8; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. For tickets, 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, June 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 2 pm
Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 10:30 am

Children ages 3-7 are welcome to join us for stories with water-related themes. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SALAMANDERS IN YOUR BACKYARD
Thursday, June 2 from 2-3 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.

GLOBAL WARMING DEMONSTRATION
June 4, 5, and 25 from 11:30 am-4 pm

Explore factors that affect global warming by sending virtual space probes to explore the nearby planets in our solar system. Your discoveries could help affect the future of the planet! California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

ROCK ON
Friday, June 10 from 1:30-3:30 pm
Discover how to identify rock specimens with an Academy naturalist. Bring rocks from your own collection to name and classify, and learn about the tools that are used to identify unknown rock and mineral samples. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

BIRD BEAK BUFFET
Friday, June 17 at 1:30 & 3:30 pm

Study and compare bird specimens while learning about how varied bill shapes help our feathered friends eat different foods. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 18 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.

FANTASTIC FISH FINDING
Friday, June 24 from 1-3 pm

Come get your hands wet and slimy while you practice using dichotomous keys to identify common fish of the San Francisco Bay. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CHOCOLATE ECOLOGY 101
Wednesday, June 29 at 1:15 & 3:15 pm

Learn about the amazing ecology of the cacao plant and its environment. Meet darkling beetles, Eastern lubber grasshoppers, giant African millipedes, Australian walking sticks, giant thorny phasmids, whip scorpions, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

RAPTOR DINOSAURS
Thursday, June 30 at 11 am & 12 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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