What's On in September 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.

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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, 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.

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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 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.

California Tidepool – ongoing exhibit
During your next trip to the aquarium, don’t let the fish have all the fun – start splashing at the California 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 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.

 


SEPTEMBER 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.

CREATURE FEATURE STORY TIME
Fridays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 10:30 am
Saturdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24 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, September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 10 am and 2 pm
Saturdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 10 am and 2 pm
Sundays, September 4, 11, 18, and 25 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.

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CORAL REEF CARETAKING
Mondays, September 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, and 28 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, September 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 2 pm
Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, and 29 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
Fridays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 12 pm
Saturdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 12 pm
Sundays, September 4, 11, 18, and 25 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, September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 1 pm
Saturdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 1 pm
Sundays, September 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 1 pm
Take a deeper look at the Academy’s Astrobiology exhibit during these special, spacey presentations . Learn why water is a necessary component for the evolution of 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.

THIRD THURSDAY
Thursday, September 15 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 from DJ Patrick Le Mix 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.

RAPTOR DINOSAURS
Friday, September 16 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. 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.

LATINO HERITAGE DAY
Saturday, September 24 from 10 am – 4 pm
Celebrate Latino Heritage with a day of special programs at the Academy. Enjoy serenades performed by the traditional Mexican group El Trio del Puerto, and learn how to make Mexican migajón – miniature sculptures fashioned from bread dough. The Oscar Reynolds Trio will bring you the traditional sounds and rhythms of Bolivia . 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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEINHART
Thursday, September 29 at 12 pm
Steinhart Aquarium is 82 years old today! Help us celebrate with a special birthday cake and a toast from Aquarium Director Chris Andrews . All 82-year olds and their families receive free admission for this day only. 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.

SEPTEMBER COURSES & LECTURES

SATURDAY – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17-18
Autumn Overnight at Pepperwood
Overnight Field Trip with Michael Gillogly and Ginger Parish
Celebrate fall at Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa . Begin with an afternoon hike to explore a redwood forest, meadows, and oak woodlands. After a potluck dinner, gather for an old-fashioned campfire program with stories and a sing-along. Choose to camp near the Academy’s cottage or sleep indoors. After breakfast, take a stroll to investigate a nearby pond where reptiles and amphibians abound. Suitable for families with children of all ages. 2 pm Saturday - noon Sunday; Pepperwood Preserve, Santa Rosa ; $50 adults and $40 children (members), $60 adults and $50 children (non-members); 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.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe
Lecture by Alex Filippenko, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
In 1998, observations of very distant exploding stars (supernovae) provided intriguing evidence that the expansion of the Universe is speeding up with time, rather than slowing down due to gravity as expected. New, completely independent data support this conclusion. Einstein postulated "cosmic antigravity" of this type in 1917; ironically, he later retracted the idea as his "biggest blunder." Listen as Alex Filippenko discusses his findings about the accelerating universe – an idea that was voted the top "Science Breakthrough of 1998" by Science magazine and made the cover of Time magazine in 2001. 7:30 pm ; $4; Jewish Community Center of San Francisco ; 3200 California Street ; San Francisco . For tickets, call (415) 379-8000.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Shells: Windows On Our Past and Future
Lecture by Geerat Vermeij, UC Davis
The shells of snails, clams and their relatives offer the means to reconstruct the complex relationships between organisms and their surroundings. Blind since childhood and equipped with an acute sense of touch, Vermeij is one of the world’s foremost mollusc experts. With his fingertips, he exposes secrets embroidered in the shells' curves, chips, battle scars and ridge lines. The principles of evolution and economics gleaned from studying these shells can illuminate major trends in both the history of life and the history of humanity. 2 pm & 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, when available.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Whale Watching in the Gulf of Farallones
Field trip with Academy naturalist Juan-Carlos Solis
Join an expedition to search for whales and other marine mammals near the Farallon Islands . These islands, just 27 miles off San Francisco , lie amidst the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a food-rich marine ecosystem that attracts whales, dolphins, and seals each summer and fall. In addition, the Farallon Islands are the site of the largest seabird rookery in the contiguous United States . Island beaches are covered with sea lions, including the massive and rare Steller's sea lion. Field trip created in collaboration with Oceanic Society Expeditions. Ages 15 and up. 7:30 am - 4:00 pm ; departs from San Francisco ; $85, reservation required. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. For reservations (required) or detailed field trip information, call (415) 379-8000.

 

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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