Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
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Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123

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

Exhibits

African Penguin Colony – ongoing exhibit
Watch the Academy’s eight African penguins dip and dive in their tank and maintain their shelters. Every day at 11 am and 3:30 pm , visitors can enjoy feeding shows and ask questions as an aquatic biologist 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
Don't miss your last chance to see HOTSPOT: California on the Edge! Curated by Academy scientists, this 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.” Visitors can explore six unique habitats, find endangered species, meet live frogs, salamanders, insects, and more. 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.

Xtreme Life: On Earth and Beyond? – ongoing exhibit
Does life exist beyond Earth? Join the journey to answer this question by looking for life in some of Earth’s most extreme environments, then look for similar environments in space. Highlights of the exhibit include an interactive projection of the surface of Mars, a touchable meteorite, underwater video footage of deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and a “Microbe Hall of Fame,” where visitors can find the single-celled organisms that endure the hottest, coldest, saltiest, most acidic, most basic, and most radioactive environments on the planet. 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. Feedings take place every Friday at 2 pm. 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.

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, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (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, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

August 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.

FOSSILS FROM THE SEA
Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 11:30 am
Find out how fossils provide evidence for the evolution of marine life. 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 IN ACTION
Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 1:30 pm
Academy scientists share findings from their current research projects around the world. Free with 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, August 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, August 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.

CREATURE FEATURE: TIDE POOL CRITTERS AND RELATED FOSSILS
Thursdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 11:30 am
Compare fossils to live tide pool animals that inhabit the rocky Pacific Coast . Learn how these animals’ special adaptations have helped them survive in that harsh environment since before the time of the dinosaurs. 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.

SKETCHING STUDIO
Thursdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 12:30 pm

Visit the Naturalist Center and learn how to sketch birds, skulls, insects, and other specimens from the Academy’s collection. Sketching paper and pencils provided. Free with admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

DIVE IN!
Thursdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 1:30 pm
Explore life in the seas—both ancient and modern—with hands-on activities for visitors of 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.

RAPTOR DINOSAURS: BIRD-LIKE PREDATORS OF THE MESOZOIC
Friday, August 4 from 11:30 am - 1 pm
A lively presentation for all ages on Velociraptor and its close relatives. Academy “Dino Docent” Ralph Miller uses fossil casts and mechanical models to show you 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.

LIFE THROUGH TIME
Fridays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Academy docents and staff guide you on an exploration of ancient life forms. 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, August 4, 11, 18, and 25 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.

CHILDREN’S STORY TIME
Saturdays, August 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 10:30 am
Thursdays, August 10 and 24 at 10:30 am
Children ages 3-5 are invited to join us for stories about some of the habitats featured in the HOTSPOT exhibit. August’s theme will be “Beach Home.” 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.

HOT & WILD CALIFORNIA
Saturday, August 5 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Explore California’s amazing biodiversity by meeting live animals from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. 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 SECRETS
Sundays, August 6 and 27 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Experience the natural world by examining specimens from the Academy’s collections. Free with admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

PREHISTORIC BEASTS
Saturday, August 12 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Meet a live animal, and learn about some of California’s most ancient residents. This program is presented in partnership with the Lindsay Wildlife Museum . 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.

WILDLIFE CARTOONING
Sunday, August 13 and Saturday, August 26 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Learn the art of sketching wildlife in motion with artist Diane Sands. 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, August 17 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 admission after 5 pm.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.  

ANCIENT REPTILES
Saturday, August 19 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Meet a live American alligator, and learn why these and other ancient reptiles are often called living fossils. 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.

 

August Lectures

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15
Archipelago: Portraits of Life in the World’s Most Remote Island Sanctuary
Lecture by Susan Middleton
Groundbreaking fine-art photographers and award-winning environmentalists David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton joined forces to showcase a breathtaking selection of native flora and fauna of the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in their new book, Archipelago. Home to nearly 70 percent of our nation’s coral reefs, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands host a remarkable ecosystem that supports a vast array of interdependent plants and animals, many of which are not found anywhere else on Earth. Join Middleton as she shares her experiences and her stunning photographs of the tremendous marine and terrestrial diversity found on these islands. Book signing to follow lecture. 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 by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door, when available.

 

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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