What's On in May 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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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.

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.

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ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed - through May 8, 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. 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.

MAY EVENTS

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.

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Army Ant Feedings - Every Day through May 8
Known as the "Huns and Tartars of the insect world," Army ants are such voracious eaters that one colony can decimate an area of more than 1,800 square yards in a single day. Now you can watch these fascinating ants eat during a scheduled feeding every afternoon. Every day at 2:15 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 May at 4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, MAY 6
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections are inspired by Asian Pacific Heritage Month. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (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. 3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, MAY 7
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections are inspired by Asian Pacific Heritage Month. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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

THURSDAY, MAY 12
What's That Ant In My Kitchen?

You can participate in an exciting scientific project - the Bay Area Ant Survey. Learn how to collect and identify local ant species, then go collect! Data sheets and ant collecting kits will be provided for all participating families. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, MAY 13
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections are inspired by Asian Pacific Heritage Month. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (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. 3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, MAY 14
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections are inspired by Asian Pacific Heritage Month. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. 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.

TUESDAY, MAY 17
Bird Beak Buffet

Study and compare bird specimens while learning about how varied bill shapes help our feathered friends eat different foods. 11 am & 1 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
Out of the Lab

Get a glimpse into the science behind-the-scenes at the Academy. Curators and scientists will show their latest acquisitions and talk about their research in places near and far. 12-1:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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THURSDAY, MAY 19
Music and Dance of the Philippines
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with traditional narrative dances, poetry, and music performed by the Kulintang Dance Theater. 6 & 8 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

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, MAY 20
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections are inspired by Asian Pacific Heritage Month. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (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. 3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, MAY 21
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections are inspired by Asian Pacific Heritage Month. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

For a high resolution version of this image or others, email Stephanie at sstone@calacademy.org.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival
Enjoy a variety of demonstrations and hands-on activities that reflect the traditional arts of several Asian Pacific cultures, including Chinese vegetable carving, Polynesian barkcloth and Hawaiian featherwork demonstrations, and Japanese origami. 10 am - 4 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Discovering Diatoms
Explore these beautiful organisms through a microscope. Researchers from the Academy's Invertebrate Zoology Department will be on hand to answer questions and show these intriguing life forms. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
Lunch Break Lecture Series: Wildflowers of the Bay Area

Learn about the vast diversity of wildflowers in the Bay Area, and the best spots to look for them. 12:30 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

What's That Ant In My Kitchen?
You can participate in an exciting scientific project - the Bay Area Ant Survey. Learn how to collect and identify local ant species, then go collect! Data sheets and ant collecting kits will be provided for all participating families. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, MAY 27
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for storytime. This month's selections are inspired by Asian Pacific Heritage Month. 2 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (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. 3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, MAY 28
Children's Story Time

Children ages three to seven are welcome to join us for stories inspired by Asian Pacific Heritage Month. 10:30 am; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

Skull Detectives
Dissect owl pellets with Academy naturalists, learn how to use scientific keys to identify skulls, and prepare your own specimens to take home. 1-3 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

MONDAY, MAY 30
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.

 

MAY COURSES & LECTURES

MONDAY, MAY 2
The Genesis Mission: An Overview and Report of Work in Progress
Lecture by Amy Jurewicz, Ph.D.

Genesis launched in August 2001, collected solar wind outside of the Earth's magnetosphere for 28 months, and landed at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah on September 8, 2004. From the analysis of the pristine solar wind, scientists expect to answer a myriad of questions about how our solar system formed. 7:30 pm; $4; Jewish Community Center of San Francisco; 3200 California Street; San Francisco. For tickets, call (415) 379-8000.

MONDAY, MAY 9
Big Men: Why Does Height Matter?
Lecture by Nina Jablonski, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology, California Academy of Sciences

Have you ever wondered why so many CEOs, heads of state, and military leaders are tall, and why men wear tall hats when they wish to assert their authority? The positive relationship between height and social status is now well documented by many studies. In this lecture, Jablonski explores the origins and ramifications of this relationship through discussions of the importance of stature in human origins and throughout human history. 2 pm & 7:30 pm; $8; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco. For tickets, call (415) 379-8000.

SUNDAY, MAY 15
Spring Birds of Mount Diablo
Field Trip with David Wimpfheimer

Take a relaxing hike on Mount Diablo, and enjoy its abundance of bird life. Tanagers, vireos, and other species nest in the mountain's oak woodland and riparian habitats, while eagles, hawks, and other raptors soar overhead. Mitchell Canyon's lush vegetation offers an oasis for migrant birds and hikers alike. 8:30 am-4 pm; $35 members, $45 non-members; Mount Diablo State Park, Clayton. To register, call (415) 379-8000 or email edregistrar@calacademy.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 17
Thirty Thousand Years of World Rock Art
Lecture by Jean Clottes, Ph.D.

Although cave paintings from the European Ice Age have gained considerable renown, for many people the term "rock art" remains full of mystery. A world-renowned scientist, Clottes provides an engaging overview of rock art worldwide and the importance of landscape and ritual, while explaining how the art can be dated and how it was made. He explores the meaning of these often enigmatic images, including the complex role they played in traditional societies, and the threats posed to rock art today by development, tourism, pollution, and other dangers. 8 pm; $10 adults, $6 students with ID; Jewish Community Center of San Francisco; 3200 California Street; San Francisco. For tickets, call (415) 292-1233 or email arts@jccsf.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 21
Nesting Birds of the San Francisco Coast
Field Trip with Dan Murphy

From the guillemots and oystercatchers on Seal Rock to the double-crested cormorants and great blue herons at Lake Merced, get a glimpse of the many birds that nest along San Francisco's Pacific coastline. Suitable for adults and teens ages fifteen and up. 8 am - Noon; $20 members, $30 non-members; Sutro Baths, San Francisco. To register, call (415) 379-8000 or email edregistrar@calacademy.org.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 21-22
All-ages Overnight at Pepperwood
Overnight Field Trip with Michael Gillogly & Ginger Parish

Enjoy the magic of springtime at Pepperwood Preserve. Start with an afternoon hike, exploring meadows and oak woodlands. After a potluck dinner, gather for an old-fashioned campfire program. Choose to camp near the property's cottage or sleep indoors. After breakfast, investigate a nearby pond where reptiles and amphibians abound. Suitable for families with children of all ages. 2 pm Saturday - Noon on Sunday; $60 adults, $50 children; Pepperwood Preserve, Santa Rosa. To register, call (415) 379-8000 or email edregistrar@calacademy.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
Conversations at the Herbst
Ken Kaufman in conversation with Jack Dumbacher, Ph.D.

A legend among bird enthusiasts, Kaufman has perhaps done more than any other person to promote the art and science of bird watching. A longtime friend and collaborator of Roger Tory Peterson, Kaufman and Peterson wrote and illustrated The Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding, the first authoritative guide to North American birds. The youngest person to ever receive the highest honor of the American Birding Association, Kaufman is the author and illustrator of many field guides including A Field Guide to Advanced Birding, Lives of North American Birds, and the popular Kaufman Focus Guides. 8 pm; $18.50 general, $16 50 Academy members; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. To purchase tickets, call (415) 392-4400 or visit www.cityboxoffice.com.

 

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.

ARMY ANT FEEDINGS
Every Day - Through May 8, 2005

Known as the "Huns and Tartars of the insect world," Army ants are such voracious eaters that one colony can decimate an area of more than 1,800 square yards in a single day. Now you can watch these fascinating ants eat during a scheduled feeding every afternoon. Every day at 2:15 pm; California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME
Fridays, May 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 2 pm
Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 10:30 am

Children ages 3-7 are welcome to join us for stories inspired by Asian Pacific Heritage Month. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SKULL DETECTIVES
Saturday, May 7 and Saturday, May 28 from 1-3 pm

Dissect owl pellets, learn how to use scientific keys to identify skulls, and prepare your own specimens to take home. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

WHAT'S THAT ANT IN MY KITCHEN?
Thursday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 25 from 1 - 3 pm

Kids and their families can learn how to collect and identify local ant species with Academy researchers. Data sheets and ant collecting kits will be provided for all participating families. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

FANTASTIC FISH FINDING
Saturday, May 14 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.

BIRD BEAK BUFFET
Tuesday, May 17 at 11 am & 1 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.

ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 21 from 10 am - 4 pm

Enjoy a variety of demonstrations and hands-on activities that reflect the traditional arts of Asian Pacific cultures, including Chinese vegetable carving, Polynesian barkcloth and Hawaiian featherwork demonstrations, and Japanese origami. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, SF. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

DISCOVERING DIATOMS
Saturday, May 21 from 1-3 pm

Explore these beautiful organisms through a microscope. Researchers from the Academy's Invertebrate Zoology Department will be on hand to answer questions and show these intriguing life forms. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street, San Francisco, 94103. (415) 379-8000. Free with museum admission.

SALAMANDERS IN YOUR BACKYARD
Monday, May 30 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.



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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