What's On in November 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 previous home. Enjoy feeding shows every day at 11 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, takes temperature measurements, and then tosses 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, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

HOTSPOT: California on the Edge - November 19, 2005 through August 6, 2006
Meet live frogs, salamanders, and insects. Find endangered species. Explore six unique habitats. And discover how cool California really is in HOTSPOT: California on the Edge. Curated by Academy scientists, this hot new exhibit will open your eyes to the stunning biodiversity that exists within California and explain why the state has been designated as one of the world’s 34 “biodiversity hotspots.” 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, ball python, pine snake, vine snakes, African rock python, 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.

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 Monday and Wednesday afternoon at 2 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 212,000-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.

Discovery Tide Pool – ongoing exhibit
During your next trip to the aquarium, don’t let the fish have all the fun – start splashing at the Discovery Tide Pool, 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 am until 5 pm every day with naturalists and trained nature lovers who can answer questions about the animals and their habitat. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

 

NOVEMBER EVENTS

PENGUIN FEEDINGS
Every Day at 11 am & 3:30 pm
During daily penguin feeding shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one of the Academy’s aquatic biologists dons a wet suit and tosses vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

SEE THE UNSEEN
Every Day through Friday, November 18 at 12 pm
Join an Academy naturalist for a hands-on activity featuring little-seen treasures from the Academy’s specimen collection or fascinating live animals. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

FANTASTIC FISH FINDING
Thursdays, November 3, 10, and 17 at 1:30 pm
Saturdays, November 5 and 19 at 2:00 pm
Sundays, November 13 and 27 at 2:00 pm
Interact with aquatic specimens in the Naturalist Center while learning to identify these fantastic animals. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.www.calacademy.org.

MEET THE BIOLOGIST
Tuesdays, November 1, 8, and 15 at 2 pm
Thursdays, November 3, 10, and 17 at 2 pm
Meet an Academy biologist and discover how to care for aquarium creatures. Depending on the animal you visit, you may learn how to take and test water samples, check filters, clean tanks, or administer appropriate amounts of food. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

CORAL REEF CARETAKING
Mondays, November 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 2 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 on hand to answer questions. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

FISH FEEDING FRENZY
Fridays, November 4, 11, and 18 at 10 am and 2 pm
Saturdays, November 5 and 12 at 10 am and 2 pm
Sundays, November 6 and 13 at 10 am and 2 pm
Watch as an Academy biologist feeds some of your favorite Steinhart residents. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.www.calacademy.org.

DINOSAURS AND THEIR REPTILE RELATIVES
Friday, November 4 at 11 am and 12 pm
Ralph “Dino Docent” Miller gets up close and personal with these amazing Mesozoic organisms. For all ages. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

SCIENCE ILLUSTRATION DEMONSTRATION
Fridays, November 4, 11, and 18 at 3 pm
Watch an illustrator create images for scientific publication. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

CREATURE FEATURE STORY TIME
Fridays, November 4, 11, and 18 at 10:30 am
Saturdays, November 5 and 12 at 10:30 am
Join us for a story-reading session about one of the animals at the Academy. Then, see the real thing as you meet a live animal or examine a scientific specimen. Appropriate for ages 3-7. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.www.calacademy.org.

DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION
Saturday, November 5 from 11 am – 4 pm
Celebrate this ancient Mexican tradition at the Academy with hands-on programs for everybody. Decorate your own mask, enjoy a pre-Columbian musical performance, and taste Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead) with hot Mexican cocoa . Space available on a first-come first-served basis. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

THIRD THURSDAY
Thursday, November 17 from 5-9 pm
Filled with cocktails, conversation, and corals, the Academy after-hours is the place to be on the third Thursday of every month. Explore the exhibits while listening to chill music and enjoying a no-host bar. $5 admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Saturday, November 19 from 10 am – 4 pm
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a day of special programs at the Academy. Enjoy Quechua Indian music from the Karumanta Ensemble, watch Jim Eagle Heart hand-carve several types of flutes from cedar wood, and listen to traditional Plains Indian flute music. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

HOTSPOT OPENING CEREMONIES
Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20 from 10:30 am – 5 pm
Celebrate the opening of the Academy’s new exhibit, HOTSPOT, with a weekend of special programs. Explore basket weaving, jewelry, games, and other cultural traditions of the California Indians through an ongoing demonstration by Julia and Lucy Parker, world renowned artists and descendants of the Yosemite Indians. The mother-daughter duo will perform a traditional Yosemite Miwok ceremony at 10:30 am both mornings. Additionally, watch as naturalist and artist Jack Laws illustrates a field guide to Sierra Nevada wildlife and try your hand at scientific illustration. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.www.calacademy.org.

CHILDREN’S STORY TIME
Saturday, November 19 at 10:30 am
Children ages 3-7 can listen to stories celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.www.calacademy.org.

RUN TO THE FAR SIDE ® XXI
Sunday, November 27 at 8:30 am
The 21st annual 5K and 10K Run To The Far Side ® is a Thanksgiving weekend tradition that pays tribute to the eccentric cartoon creations of Gary Larson. The race through Golden Gate Park will be followed by refreshments, live music, and a costume contest with cash and prizes. Pre-registration fees are $24 members / $30 non-member adults / $25 non-members ages 18 and under; race-morning fees are $35 adults, $30 ages 18 and under.
To find out more information, receive an entry form, or register online, visit www.calacademy.org or call (415) 759-2690.

NOVEMBER COURSES & LECTURES

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
West Marin and Audubon Canyon Ranch
Field Trip with Dan Murphy
Explore the environment and history of Audubon Canyon Ranch in West Marin. Visit ACR’s Bolinas Lagoon Preserve and Tomales Bay Cypress Grove Preserve. Bird migration will be winding down, and there should be plenty of ducks, shorebirds, and land birds in the area. Hike about three miles to explore the natural wonders preserved by this unique organization. Suitable for adults and teens ages 15 and up. 8:30 am – 2:30 pm ; $30 members, $40 non-members; Bolinas Lagoon, West Marin. To register, call (415) 379-8000.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Hotspot Under Siege: Threats to California’s Amazing Biodiversity
Moderated by Terrence Gosliner, Ph.D.
An amazing variety of species combined with multiple environmental issues makes California one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots. In this symposium, scientists will look at key threats to both endangered species and their habitats while discussing conservation issues from a scientific perspective. Science educators as well as members of the general public are invited to attend. 8:30 am – 4 pm ; $25 members, $30 non-members; California Academy of Sciences and Zeum, San Francisco. To register, call (415) 379-8000.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Our Inner Ape: What Primate Behavior Tells Us About Human Nature
Lecture by Frans de Waal, Ph.D., Emory University
De Waal explores the evolution of human behavior as reflected in our primate cousins, the chimpanzee and bonobo. While the chimpanzee has a reputation of being murderous and power-hungry, the bonobo is characterized by its cooperative nature, the use of sex to restore peace, and the dominance of female members. Using these primates as provocative metaphors for ourselves and our evolutionary ancestry, de Waal asks to what degree we can design human society to reinforce the most valued aspects of our nature. 2 pm and 7:30 pm ; free for members, $8 non-members; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. Purchase tickets at (415) 379-8000 or at the door, if available.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
The City of Blue Lagoons
Field Trip with Dan Murphy
Foster City is among the Bay Area’s hidden surprises for birding. Search for waterfowl and shorebirds at Leo J. Ryan Park, the shore at Shell Beach , and the marshes at Belmont Slough. Walk about two miles and car-caravan between birding areas. Expect to see 50 species or so. Highlights of the past have included a Barrow’s goldeneye, hooded merganser, merlin, peregrine falcon, and red know. Suitable for adults and teens ages 15 and up. 8 am – 12 pm ; $20 members, $30 non-members; Foster City . To register, call (415) 379-8000.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28
The SuperMACHOs
Lecture by Doug Welch, Ph.D., McMaster University
The nature of dark matter is still unknown. Our best hope for understanding it is to find it in our own galaxy, the Milky Way. This talk will describe results from the most ambitious dark matter search to date, the so-called SuperMACHO project. Part of the Benjamin Dean Lecture series. 7:30 pm ; $4; Jewish Community Center of San Francisco , 3200 California Street . Purchase t ickets by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door, if available.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29
The Nature of Discovery
Lecture by Alan Lightman, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
No other century witnessed the explosion of creativity, insight, discovery, and breakthrough in science as did the 20th century. In his latest book, The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science, Alan Lightman explores two dozen scientific discoveries and offers an unprecedented look at the minds of the men and women who made them, including Einstein, Fleming, Watson, and Heisenberg. In a conversation with Roy Eisenhardt, Lightman also delves into the nature of scientific discovery in comparison to creativity in the arts. 8 pm ; $8 members, $10 non-members, $6 students; Jewish Community Center of San Francisco , 3200 California Street. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door, if available.

 

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