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

EXHIBITS

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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.

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 afternoons 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.


OCTOBER EVENTS

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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. Free with museum admission.

CREATURE FEATURE STORY TIME
Fridays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 10:30 am
Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 10:30 am
Children’s story time, a long-time favorite program at the Academy, just got more exciting. 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.

FISH FEEDING FRENZY
Fridays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 10 am and 2 pm
Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 10 am and 2 pm
Sundays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 10 am and 2 pm
Watch as an Academy biologist feeds some of your favorite Steinhart residents. Scheduled feedings take place twice a day every Friday, Saturday and Sunday . 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, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26 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.

MEET THE BIOLOGIST
Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 2 pm
Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27 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.

SEE THE UNSEEN
Every Day 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.

WATER IN THE UNIVERSE
Fridays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 1 pm
Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 1 pm
Sundays, October 2 and 16 at 1 pm
Take a deeper look at the Academy’s Astrobiology exhibit during these special presentations . Learn why water is a necessary component for life and find out where else in the Universe it might exist. 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, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 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.

RAPTOR DINOSAURS: BIRD-LIKE PREDATORS OF THE MESOZOIC
Friday, October 14 at 11 am
A lively presentation for all ages on Velociraptor and its close relatives. Ralph “Dino Docent” Miller uses fossil casts and mechanical models to show you what these amazing Cretaceous predators were really like, inside and out. 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, October 20 from 5-9 pm
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 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.

A HARVEST OF CUSTOMS: STRAW ART FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Saturday, October 22 from 10 am-4 pm
Join the Academy for a day of straw art presentations and explore the social customs and folk beliefs associated with wheat, rye and other grains. Sponsored by the American Museum of Straw Art in Long Beach .
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

CREEPY CRAWLY WEEK
Tuesday, October 25 – Monday, October 31 at 2 pm daily
In honor of Halloween, face your fears and join the Academy’s biologists for lessons about creepy-crawly critters, including tarantulas, scorpions, and snakes. All week long, daily programs will allow you to meet – and sometimes touch – these traditionally frightening animals. You may even learn that they’re not as scary as you think!
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

I SPY HALLOWEEN HOTSPOT
Friday, October 28 from 6:30-9 pm
Crack the clues in a scientific treasure hunt, decorate a pumpkin, trick-or-treat with Academy scientists, and catch a glimpse of the Academy’s upcoming exhibit, HOTSPOT: California on the Edge, at the 14th Annual Halloween Costume Party. Delicious food and creative entertainment will delight kids of all ages. Tickets cost $350 per family (2 adults plus up to 3 children), $150 per adult, and $50 per child. Benefactor levels are available at $2,500, $1,000, and $500. Reservations are required by October 21. Space is limited; please reserve early by calling (415) 321-8405 .
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


OCTOBER COURSES & LECTURES

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
Ten Years After the Fire
Adult Field Trip with David Wimpfheimer
In 1995, a wildfire that started on Mt. Vision raged for several days, burning more than 12,000 acres of Point Reyes National Seashore. Since then, regeneration of the Bishop pine habitat has been dramatic. On the 10th anniversary of this fire, discover how the ecosystem has changed on an eight-mile loop hike with moderate elevation gain. This time of year is ideal for observing migrant raptors and other birds, and the clear fall weather offers awesome views from the ridge. Suitable for adults and teens ages 15 and up. 9 am - 4 pm; $30 members, $40 non-members; Mount Vision, Point Reyes National Seashore. To register, call (415) 379-8000.

Black Diamond Odyssey
Family Field Trip with Juan-Carlos Solis
Journey above and below the earth at Black Diamond Mines, the Bay Area’s only mining and underground regional preserve. Explore California ’s rich chaparral and oak-woodland ecosystems to look for birds, bugs, reptiles, and animal tracks. Then, join park naturalists on a walk 400 feet below the ground. See 50 million-year-old fossils and mining relics such as ore chutes and mine shafts. Suitable for families with children ages 7 and up. 10 am - 2 pm; $40 adults and $30 children; Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch. To register, call (415) 379-8000.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
Kayaking Drakes Estero
Adult Field Trip with David Wimpfheimer
Glide silently past thousands of ducks, grebes, loons, shorebirds, and other waterbirds in one of Point Reyes ’ most pristine estuaries during its warmest and calmest season. At a remote landing, take a short walk as migrant raptors fly overhead and harbor seals return curious glances from the water. No prior kayaking experience is necessary, and all equipment is provided for this tranquil five-mile paddle. Full instruction is given before departure in stable double sea kayaks. Suitable for adults ages 16 and up. 9 am - 4:30 pm; $135; Drakes Estero, Point Reyes National Seashore. To register or for more info, call (415) 379-8000.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10
SETI: Pulling Signals Out of Cosmic Noise
Lecture by Jill Tarter, Ph.D., Center for SETI Research
In recent workshops, SETI has laid out a roadmap for its efforts over the next few decades. Three different approaches were identified: continue and expand the radio search; begin searches for very fast optical and infrared pulses from a million stars; and eventually build an omni-directional sky survey array capable of detecting strong, transient, radio signals from billions of stars. 7:30 pm; $4; Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street , SF. Purchase t ickets by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door, when available.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18
The Removal of Nonnative Trout in Mountain Lake Ecosystems
Lecture by Roland Knapp, Ph.D., Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab
During the past century, introducing fish into mountain lakes worldwide has profoundly altered these sensitive ecosystems by endangering native fauna and reconfiguring their ecologies. To understand their potential for recovery, Knapp and his team removed nonnative fish populations from a series of alpine lakes in California ’s Sierra Nevadas, and tracked changes over the next eight years. The spectacular recovery of the lakes’ animal life suggests that fish introductions have a greater impact than previously believed. 2 pm & 7:30 pm; $8; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door, when available.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
Raptor Rapture
Family Field Trip with Bart Kowalski
Every fall, thousands of birds of prey fly right over the Marin Headlands on their migration south. Red-tailed, sharp-shinned, and Cooper’s hawks are common flyers-by over Hawk Hill, where peregrine falcons and golden eagles also soar. Learn to differentiate between buteos, accipiters, and falcons, and apply your skills in one of the best places to view raptors on the West Coast! Suitable for families with children ages 6 and up. 10 am - 1 pm; $40 adults and $30 children; Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands. To register or for more info, call (415) 379-8000.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
Fall Stargazing at the SF Botanical Garden
Led by Bing Quock of the Academy’s Morrison Planetarium
Join Bing Quock as he leads laser-guided stargazing sessions on the dark, peaceful grounds of the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park . View constellations and visible planets; then—using a telescope—search for celestial treasures among the stars, including nebulae, star clusters, and the Andromeda Galaxy. If you’re lucky, you might even see a meteor or two. This program will be canceled in the event of overcast weather. 7 - 8:30 pm; $12 single or $18 family; SF Botanical Garden; Golden Gate Park . Please reserve early by calling (415) 661-1316, x 354.


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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