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

EXHIBITS

African Penguin Colony – ongoing exhibit
The African Penguin colony at the Academy just got livelier with the arrival of four new animals. Watch as the penguins maintain their shelters and dive in the water, and 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.

 

MARCH 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, receive 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.

CORAL REEF CARETAKING
Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 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.

ILLUSTRATING THE SIERRA NEVADA : THE ARTIST’S STUDIO LIVE!
Tuesdays-Fridays, March 1-31 from 10:30 am - 5 pm
See first-hand the process of creating a field guide to more than 1,200 species of plants, fungi, and animals of the Sierra Nevada . Naturalist Jack Laws will create scientific illustrations inside a specially designed studio.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

ILLUSTRATING CALIFORNIA MAMMALS: WORKSHOP WITH JACK LAWS
Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 22, and 29 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 some of California ’s most endearing mammals. 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
Thursdays, March 2 and 16 at 11 am and 12 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.

CREATURE FEATURE: BAY AREA ANTS
Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 1 pm
Learn how to collect and identify local ant species using simple dichotomous keys. Naturalist Center staff will explain how you can participate in one of the Academy’s scientific projects, the Bay Area Ant Survey. 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, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 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.

SUSTAINABLE TASTING: OYSTERS FROM PORTS SEAFOOD
Friday, March 3 from 3 - 5 pm
Pry open one of these rock imposters from the sea to sample fresh, sustainably-harvested seafood. Ports Seafood will be on hand to shuck oysters for your tasting pleasure. 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, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 10:30 am
Children ages 3 and up are welcome 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.

ORGANIC TASTING: NURTURING MORSELS FROM GROW CAFÉ
Friday, March 10 from 3 - 5 pm
Grow Café provides nourishing food while nurturing lives. Taste some of their organic goodies and learn about their positive impact on at-risk youth. 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.

GLOBAL WARMING: A HANDS-ON SCIENCE DEMONSTRATION
Saturday, March 11 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.

WHO LIVES ON AND UNDER THE ROCKS
Tuesdays, March 14, 21, and 28 at 2 pm
Thursdays, March 16, 23, and 30 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.

THIRD THURSDAY
Thursday, March 16 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.

ORGANIC TASTING: #209 DISTILLERY & LA BONNE CUISINE
Friday, March 17 from 3 - 5 pm
Let loose for St. Patrick’s Day by sampling gin on the rocks from #209 Distillery and indulging with five-star French fare from La Bonne Cuisine Catering’s executive chef, Christophe Kubiak. 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: JUICE FROM JUICEY LUCY’S
Friday, March 24 from 3 - 5 pm
Winner of “Best Juice Bar, SF Weekly, Veg Dining,” Juicey Lucy’s is an organic haven in North Beach . Pamper your body by imbibing some organic juice. 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 PET ROCK WITH PURPLE CRAYON
Friday, March 31 from 3 - 5 pm
If low-maintenance is high on your list of desirable traits when it comes to a pet, it’s hard to beat a pet rock. During this program, kids can create their own pet rock, complete with its very own home, with the help of art instructors from Purple Crayon. This workshop is best suited from K through 3rd grade. 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.

 

MARCH LECTURES

MONDAY, MARCH 13
Beyond Pluto: Discovery of the 10th Planet
Lecture by Mike Brown, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
For the past seven years we’ve been scanning the skies for planets beyond Pluto. In 2005, after searching about half of the sky and discovering dozens of objects slightly smaller than Pluto, we finally found 2003 UB313 - the first object larger than Pluto, and the first that might be called a new planet. What is a planet? Why is the question of planethood difficult? What should the real answer be? 7:30 pm ; $4; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street , San Francisco . Purchase tickets by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door, when available.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21
Living with Wolves
Lecture by Jim and Jamie Dutcher
Jim and Jamie Dutcher spent six years living with and filming a pack of wolves in Idaho ’s Sawtooth Mountains , a remote area recently repopulated by wolves. To film these shy and elusive creatures in their most relaxed state, the Dutchers bottle-fed and raised the offspring of captive wolves in the wild, creating a pack that trusted them. In this lecture, the Dutchers blend rare and exciting film footage and photographs with inspiring anecdotes about how their experiences have led them to develop a keen understanding of the role of wolves in the ecosystem. 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.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
Spencer Wells, Ph.D.
In conversation with Blake Edgar
Population geneticist Spencer Wells is dedicated to studying mankind’s family tree and the early paths of human migration. Through his landmark research based on the Y-chromosome, Wells explored the genetic diversity of indigenous peoples and unraveled the complexities of early human settlement. His book, The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, has been adapted into a documentary for PBS and National Geographic, and describes his global expedition in pursuit of DNA samples from widely disparate human populations. 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.

MONDAY, MARCH 27
Biology of Individuality
Lecture by Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Sapolsky, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, speaks on the biology of our individuality and addresses our behavior in the context of brains, genes, and hormones. A professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University , Robert Sapolsky is the author of numerous books, including most recently A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons and Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. 8 pm ; $15 members, $20 non-members, $12 students; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street , San Francisco . Purchase tickets by calling (415) 292-1233 or at the door, when available.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher
In conversation with Brian Fisher
Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher met at an East African Masai Warrior Ceremony in 1978. Though both were working on individual projects at the time, their shared passion for documenting the lives and traditions of Africans sparked an extraordinary partnership. For twenty-five years, Beckwith and Fisher have collaborated on photographic books, including Faces of Africa and African Ceremonies, which depicts the continent’s rapidly disappearing tribal rites. Their photographs have been published in National Geographic, Time, People, and The New York Times, and are a testament to their unyielding dedication to these vanishing traditions. 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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