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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Visitors can enjoy three days of eco-friendly fare from April 21-23


Ever wonder how you can help save the planet? From April 21-23, celebrate the 36th annual Earth Day at the California Academy of Sciences, where you can learn about current environmental issues and come away with ideas for how to help solve them. The Academy will devote an entire weekend to a range of hands-on activities and presentations, and put visitors up close and personal with some of the most beautiful animals that populate this planet. Enjoy a puppet show about the dangers of pollution, shop for organic food at our Farmer’s Market, create your own recycled art from beach litter, and meet dozens of live animals including bats, owls, hawks, corals, and piranhas.
To bring out your inner conservationist or simply admire the beauty of this planet’s wild inhabitants, there’s no better place to visit on Earth Day weekend than the California Academy of Sciences. All programs are free with museum admission.


Friday April 21

HAWKS AND OWLS
1pm and 4 pm
Meet two local hunters – a hawk and an owl – and explore their amazing adaptations. Learn what you can do to help these birds in California and around the world. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

TRASH PINS
11:30 am - 2 pm
Make your own artistic pins from plastic debris collected at local beaches. Learn where all this trash in the Pacific Ocean may be coming from and what you can do to help stop it. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.


Saturday April 22

Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with representatives from several environmental organizations on Saturday and Sunday, including the Sierra Club, Marine Mammal Center, San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, and KQED Public Broadcasting, where you can see the newest episode of the PBS series State of the Planet’s Wildlife.

CALIFORNIA ’S THREATENED WILDLIFE
11:30 am - 3 pm
Stop by Steinhart Aquarium and meet live reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods from California . Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

CALIFORNIA INDIAN STORYTELLING
1 - 4 pm
Join the California Indian Storytelling Association (CISA) for an afternoon of storytelling by members of two different California Indian tribes. Anne Marie Sayers (Ohlone), Alex Ramirez (Ohlone), and Gregg Castro (Salinan) will share a variety of stories, both traditional and contemporary, that mirror their life experiences, history, and relationship to the land. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

CORAL REEF FEEDING
 2:30 pm
Watch the Academy’s coral reef residents eat their lunch, and learn about coral reef communities and conservation. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

 

Sunday April 23

Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with representatives from several environmental organizations on Saturday and Sunday, including the Sierra Club, Marine Mammal Center, San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, and KQED Public Broadcasting, where you can see the newest episode of the PBS series State of the Planet’s Wildlife.
CALIFORNIA ’S THREATENED WILDLIFE
11:30 am - 3 pm
Stop by Steinhart Aquarium and meet live reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods from California . Free with museum admission.

California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.
FROGGY TO THE RESCUE
11:30 am and 2 pm
Enjoy an award-winning puppet show, and join Froggy and his friends as they explore the “black gooey stuff” that’s messing up their slough. Appropriate for ages 4 to 8. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

FARMER’S MARKET
12 - 3 pm
Celebrate Earth Day and satisfy your stomach at the same time! Shop the Academy’s special Farmer’s Market, and learn how choosing organic foods can help save the Earth. Visit Frey Vineyards, Ploughshare Nursery, Love More Gourmet, and Jacob’s Farm. While you’re here, be good to the environment and the community by bringing in portable items you were planning to throw out (like clothes and electronics) – EcoHaul will donate or recycle them for you.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

BATS: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
 1 pm and 4 pm
Meet live California bats, explore their mysterious world, and learn about bat conservation issues in California . Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

LIVE PIRANHA FEEDING
2:30 pm
Watch as the Academy’s piranhas eat their lunch, explore their biology, and learn about the conservation challenges they face. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (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 children ages three and younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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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