Press Release
California Academy of Sciences - Newsroom

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
sstone@calacademy.org

Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123

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

Exhibits

African Penguin Colony – ongoing exhibit
Watch the Academy’s nine 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
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, 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.

July 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, July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 10:30 am
Thursdays, July 13 and 27 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. July’s theme will be “Desert 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
Saturdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Explore California’s amazing biodiversity by meeting live arthropods (July 1 and July 8), an Arctic fox (July 15), animals from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum (July 22), and a grey fox, North American porcupine, and Harris’ hawk (July 29). 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.

SPICY MORSELS FROM CASA SANCHEZ FOODS
Saturday, July 1 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm
The Sanchez family has been making tortilla chips and salsa with all-natural ingredients since the 1920s. Come sample salsa from this local, award-winning favorite. 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, July 2 and 9 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.

CORAL REEF CARETAKING
Mondays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, July 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.

IN HOT WATER
Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 11:30 am
Find out how amazing tide pool creatures are able to survive the changes in their environment during low tide. 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, July 5, 12, 19, and 26 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.

CREATURE FEATURE: REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS
Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 11:30 am
Join the Naturalist Center staff in an activity to discover how reptiles and amphibians differ from one another. Handle specimens from our collection and come face-to-face with a live animal. 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, July 6, 13, 20, and 27 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.

HOT COASTAL CREATURES
Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 1:30 pm
Explore the amazing world of California ’s sea creatures. 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.

DOCENT SURPRISE
Fridays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 11:30 am
Discover something new with a friendly, knowledgeable Academy docent. 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.

SAND CRAB DISSECTION
Fridays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 1:30 pm
Pick up hot dissection tips from interns in the Academy’s Careers in Science program as you explore the anatomy of the sand crab. 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, July 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.

A TASTE OF FARALLONES CATERING
Friday, July 7 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Experience fine California cuisine with fare from Farallones Catering’s executive chefs, Nathan Downs and Alexandra Drexler. 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, July 14 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.

SUSTAINABLE DIY PROJECTS
Friday, July 14 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm
DIY (do it yourself) projects are a hot new trend. Learn how to create innovative home products out of recycled and renewable resources from the professionals at ReadyMade magazine. Then try your hand at making your own! 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, July 16 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, July 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 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.

BOUDIN BAKERY AND ANCHOR BREWING TASTING
Friday, July 21 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Join these two San Francisco icons for a delicious tasting. Sample Boudin’s signature sourdough and pair it with a classic beer from Anchor’s traditional copper brewhouse. 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.

SALSA LESSONS
Friday, July 28 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Salsa doesn’t have to come with chips. See the sway of hips with a live Latin performance and then try it yourself in a follow-up tutorial with local ballroom instructors from Metronome Dance Center . 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.

July Lectures

TUESDAY, JULY 18
Steinhart Aquarium: The Next Two Years
Lecture by Dr. Chris Andrews
Steinhart Aquarium Director Chris Andrews is leading the efforts to prepare the aquarium for its return to Golden Gate Park in 2008. Join Andrews as he describes some of the challenges associated with the project, including the process of culturing corals in specially designed “coral rearing pods,” located in both the basement and the second floor of the Howard Street facility. Free-flying butterflies and birds in the new rainforest exhibit will present another great challenge. During this riveting presentation, learn why Andrews likens the process of preparing for the new aquarium to aligning a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. 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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The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Kimball Natural History Museum. The Academy is in the midst of an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is scheduled to open on September 27, 2008. www.calacademy.org (415) 379-8000.

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