What's On in June 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, 875 Howard Street . (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, 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 225,000-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.

 

JUNE 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.

CREATURE FEATURE: OWLS AND THEIR PREY
Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 11:30 am
Learn about the natural history of barn owls and dissect owl pellets with Naturalist Center staff. Practice using a simplified 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.  

SKETCHING STUDIO
Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 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 museum 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, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 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.

WILDLIFE CARTOONING
Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 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.

SNAKE FEEDING
Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 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, June 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 10:30 am
Thursdays, June 8 and 22 at 10:30 am
Children ages 3-5 are invited to join us for stories about California. 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.

THE ARTIST’S STUDIO LIVE!
Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4 from 10:30 am - 5 pm
Watch as Academy naturalist and artist Jack Laws creates an illustrated field guide to more than 1,200 species of plants, fungi, and animals of the Sierra Nevada . 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 WILD CALIFORNIA
Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Join a sketching workshop with Academy naturalist and scientific illustrator Jack Laws. Jack will guide participants through various new sketching stations around the museum floor. 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 FROM THE OVEN: TRAILBLAZE ENERGY BARS
Saturday, June 3 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm
For those of you who blaze your own trail – bake your own bar! TrailBlaze is a homemade, eco-friendly alternative to individually packaged energy bars. Learn how simple it is to make your own hot-from-the-oven bars, and discover how delicious a healthy boost can taste. 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, June 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, June 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.

IN HOT WATER
Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28 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.

NATURE-INSPIRED SKETCHING
Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 1:30 pm
Join local artist Tyler Cohen as she leads informal, one-hour sketching workshops on the public floor. The focus of each class if flexible and can be tailored to visitors’ desires. Topics may include capturing movement, rendering scales and feathers, creating basic shapes and forms, and pencil stroke techniques. 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, June 10, 17, and 24 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Explore California ’s amazing biodiversity by meeting live animals from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum (June 10 and 24) and a live arctic fox (June 17). 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.

MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO
Saturday, June 10 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Join Zeum, San Francisco ’s innovative arts and technology museum for kids, and experience the music industry for an afternoon! The Academy’s scientific specimens will be the stars of the show as you make your own music video. 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, June 15 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.

SUMMER SAMPLINGS FROM BERKELEY BOWL
Saturdays, June 17 and 24 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Berkeley Bowl, a local favorite known for its produce and sustainable selection, will demonstrate just how great summer goodies can be in this complimentary food tasting. 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, June 18 and 25 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.

RAPTOR DINOSAURS: BIRD-LIKE PREDATORS OF THE MESOZOIC
Friday, June 23 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.

 

JUNE LECTURES

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
The Annual Claire Matzger Lilienthal Distinguished Lecturer : John McPhee
In conversation with Nina Jablonski
John McPhee is one of the most versatile journalists in America , with a contagious curiosity and unparalleled passion for diverse subjects. As a New Yorker staff writer since 1965, he has covered such topics as the construction of bark canoes, the arc of tennis balls, Alaskan history, the Swiss Army, natural disasters, and shad.  As The Wall Street Journal observed, “We read his books not so much because we’re thirsty for information about canoes, but because it’s worth tagging along on any literary journey Mr. McPhee feels like taking.”  Among his many acclaimed books is Annals of the Former World, a study of North America ’s geological development and winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize.  McPhee currently teaches at his alma mater, Princeton University . 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 .

MONDAY, JUNE 19
The First Stars in the Universe
Lecture by Dr. Aparna Venkatesan, University of Colorado
Modern cosmological observations imply that the first stars in the Universe were unique objects that strongly influenced their environment, despite their brief existence. This talk will present the current data and theoretical ideas about these stars, and discuss how future telescopes will be able to detect them. 7:30 pm ; $4; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street , San Francisco . Purchase t ickets by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door, when available.

TUESDAY, JUNE 20
Galapagos: The Next 100 Years
Lecture by Dr. Graham Watkins
On the centennial anniversary of the Academy’s 1906 Expedition to the Galapagos, Dr. Watkins, Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation, compares the role of science as it was understood at the time of the historic Academy expedition with its role today. He reviews the complexity of conservation in the Galapagos Archipelago today and discusses ways in which the CDF is developing a more holistic vision of sustainable development, which could serve as a model for conservation in other remote and fragile ecosystems around the world. 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.

TUESDAY, JUNE 27
Language, Reality, and Speciation
Lecture by Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
Dr. Savage-Rumbaugh, lead researcher at the Great Ape Trust of Iowa, explores new degrees of cultural competencies in apes. These competencies include language, stone tool manufacturing, use of materials for warmth, and language-based ways of parsing reality. Might apes possess a rich socio-cognitive culture that has been overlooked to date? Cultural realities can exert extreme power over group behavior. If they are extant in apes, our previous explanations of our own speciation and the emergence of uniquely human abilities may be insufficient.
8 pm ; $8 members, $10 non-members, $6 students; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street , San Francisco . Purchase t ickets by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door, when available.

 

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