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

EXHIBITS

African Penguin Colony – ongoing exhibit
Watch as the Academy’s African penguins dip and dive in their tank and maintain their shelters. 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 - 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. Feedings take place every Friday at 2 pm. 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 mussels. The Tide Pool is staffed 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.

APRIL 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.

SCAVENGER HUNT
Every Day from 10 am – 5 pm
Ask questions, follow the clues, and explore the Academy’s many exhibits on a self-guided scavenger hunt. In the end, collect a fun prize for all your efforts! Appropriate for children ages 5 and over. 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
Saturdays, April 1, 22, and 29 at 10:30 am
Spring Break Editions every day from April 8-21 at 10:30 am
Children ages 3 and up are welcome to listen to stories about nature. On April 15, join Gianna Marino, author of ZOOPA: An Animal Alphabet, as she reads from her work. 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.

EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS DAY
Saturday, April 1 from 11:30 am – 4 pm
Join the Academy to find out how to prepare for the next big quake. Watch a puppet show on quake safety (11:30 am and 3 pm), explore a real fire truck (1-4 pm), learn safety tips from the San Francisco Fire Department (1 pm), explore the history of seismic engineering and architecture (2 pm), and build fault models with a geologist (4 pm). 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, April 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, April 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.

WHO LIVES ON AND UNDER THE ROCKS
Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 2 pm
Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 2 pm
Have you ever wondered what kind of sea creatures you would find if you lifted a rock at the beach? Discover the amazing hidden life of sea creatures living on and under the rocks of the California coast. Free with admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

ILLUSTRATING CALIFORNIA PLANTS: WORKSHOP WITH JACK LAWS
Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 2:30 pm
Join Academy naturalist and illustrator Jack Laws for a 45-minute illustration workshop. Jack will review basic field illustration techniques and guide program participants through the process of illustrating California plants and wildflowers. 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: OWLS AND THEIR PREY
Thursdays, April 6 and 27 at 1 pm
Learn about the natural history of barn owls and dissect owl pellets with Naturalist Center staff. Practice using a simple dichotomous key to identify the skulls found in owl pellets. 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.

SNAKE FEEDING
Fridays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 2 pm
Watch as an Academy biologist feeds the anaconda, python, vine snakes, and more, while answering all your SSsssnake-related 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.

ORGANIC TASTING: CACAO ANASA
Friday, April 7 from 3 - 5 pm
Sample luxury artisan chocolates from up-and-coming Cacao Anasa, known for its fine ingredients, craftsmanship, and exotic blends. 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.

GLOBAL WARMING: A HANDS-ON SCIENCE DEMONSTRATION
Saturday, April 8 from 11 am - 2 pm
Explore factors that affect global warming in this special presentation. 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.

CALIFORNIA ARACHNIDS
Saturdays, April 8 and 15 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Meet a live tarantula and discover the fascinating secret life of these misunderstood arachnids. 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.

TALES FROM THE ENCHANTED FOREST
Sunday, April 9 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Enjoy an award-winning puppet performance, and travel through an enchanted forest filled with fairies, frogs, bugs, and talking trees. After the performance, go behind the scenes to see the puppet theatre, and learn how puppets are used during a performance. 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.

ON THE ROCKS
Monday-Thursday, April 10-13 at 11:30 am
Monday-Friday, April 17-21 at 11:30 am
Hands-on learning about how plants and animals are adapted to the geology around them. Free with admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.www.calacademy.org.

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
Monday-Thursday, April 10-13 at 1:30 pm
Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, April 17-18 and April 20-21 at 1:30 pm
Explore how rocky habitats provide special opportunities for the organisms that live there. Free with admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.www.calacademy.org.

A TASTE OF CALIFORNIA : JACOB’S FARM AND TRENTADUE WINERY
Thursday, April 13 from 3 - 5 pm
What complements organic produce and herbs from Jacob’s Farm? Gold medal wines from Trentadue. Enjoy both at this savory and sumptuous tasting. F ree with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

ORGANIC TASTING: CLIF BAR
Friday, April 14 from 3 - 5 pm
Saturday, April 15 from 2 - 4 pm
Let Clif Bar show you how delicious a healthy boost can be. On April 14, sample the latest Nectar Bar and other select bars. On April 15, try the kids-friendly Z Bar, which is healthy and encourages lots of play. After the tasting, pick up information about Bay Area attractions where you can use your newfound energy. 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.

HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS?
Sunday, April 16 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Explore the biology of the amazing egg. We’ll go beyond the chicken to look at the unusual properties of eggs from many animals, investigating common myths and bizarre truths about how eggs work. Meet a surprise live animal that lays eggs! 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.

INTERACTIVE ART WITH ZEUM
Thursday, April 20 from 3 - 5 pm
Join Zeum – San Francisco ’s innovative arts and technology museum for kids and families – to participate in a hands-on creative workshop at the Academy. 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, April 20 from 5 - 9 pm
Filled with clownfish, corals, and cocktails, the Academy after-hours is the place to be on the third Thursday of this month. Explore various exhibits while listening to chill music and enjoying a cash bar. $5 reduced admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

EARTH DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION
Friday-Sunday, April 21-23
Join the Academy for three days of Earth Day celebration.  On April 21, create your own recycled art and meet a live hawk and owl. On April 22, get up close and personal with live California animals and coral reef inhabitants. And on April 23, enjoy a puppet show, meet live bats, and shop at a farmer’s market.  In addition to these programs, interact with representatives from several environmental organizations on Saturday and Sunday, including the Sierra Club, Marine Mammal Center , and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  For a detailed schedule including times, visit www.calacademy.org. 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.

CALIFORNIA INDIAN STORYTELLING
Saturday, April 22 from 1 - 4 pm
Join three members of the Ohlone and Salinan tribes for an afternoon of traditional and contemporary stories, which will mirror the storytellers’ life experiences, history, and relationship to the land. Free with admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

ROCK BALANCING
Friday, April 28 from 3 - 5 pm
Learn the Zen of rock balancing by watching a demonstration by Bill Dan. Then try your hand at this delicate process as Bill guides you through the balancing act. 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.

APRIL LECTURES

TUESDAY, APRIL 18
Ira Flatow
In conversation with Jerry Kay
As host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday” and a veteran radio and television journalist, Ira Flatow has shared his passion for science, technology, and the environment with public radio listeners for more than thirty years.  A two-time winner of the AAAS-Westinghouse Science and Journalism Award, Flatow communicates an insider’s understanding of all things scientific with an outsider’s curiosity and enthusiasm for discovery. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed books Rainbows, Curve Balls, and Other Wonders of the Natural World Explained and They All Laughed . . . From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives.  Flatow is currently exploring new and better ways to bring science news to television and the Internet. Part of the Academy’s Conversations at the Herbst Theatre Series. 8 pm; $16.50 members, $18.50 non-members; Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 392-4400 or visiting www.cityboxoffice.com .

TUESDAY, APRIL 25
The View from the Center of the Universe
Lecture by Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams
One of the world’s leading cosmologists, Joel Primack was instrumental in originating the theory of Cold Dark Matter, now accepted as the standard theory of the structure and evolution of the universe. Primack recently joined forces with Nancy Abrams, a wide-ranging scholar in the history of science and the arts, to write A View from the Center of the Universe. This book explores the latest findings in astrophysics and cosmology and shows how we are indeed central in the universe in ways Copernicus never suspected. 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. For tickets, call (415) 379-8000 or at the door, when available.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26
Michael Pollan
In conversation with Roy Eisenhardt
Science writer Michael Pollan combines keen insights with extensive topical research in his award-winning books.  Formerly the Executive Editor of Harper’s magazine, Pollan is currently the director of the Night Program in Science and Environmental Journalism at the University of California , Berkeley .  His book Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World was named the American Booksellers Association’s “Best Book of the Year.” Focusing on the tulip, potato, cannabis, and apple, Pollan studies the relationship between people and the natural world by weaving together history, personal anecdotes, folk tales, classical mythology, and botany.  His newest book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, explores the implications of modern society’s numerous food choices on our health and the health of the planet.  Part of the Academy’s Conversations at the Herbst Theatre Series. 8 pm; $16.50 members, $18.50 non-members; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 392-4400 or visiting www.cityboxoffice.com.

 

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.

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