Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123
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***PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the Academy during the duration of the DINOSAURS exhibit will be: $10 for adults; $6.50 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.***

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

Exhibits

DINOSAURS: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries through February 4, 2007
What you thought you knew is history. Journey back 130 million years to walk amongst life-size models of dinosaurs, reptiles, and birds; watch a mechanical model of a T. rex skeleton walk in place; examine the evidence for feathered dinos; and learn how many preconceived notions about these ancient beasts are being shattered as recent discoveries are brought to life using the latest technologies. Open from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

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

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.

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.

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.

October 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.

NATURE NEST: DINOSAURS!
Every Day from 10 am - 5 pm
After checking out the DINOSAURS exhibit, be sure to visit the Nature Nest for a hands-on experience for children 5 and under. Dinosaur-themed puzzles, books, costumes, puppets, and more await your child. 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, October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25 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.

SNAKE FEEDING
Fridays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27 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.

RAPTOR DINOSAURS: BIRD-LIKE PREDATORS OF THE MESOZOIC
Fridays, October 6 and 27 at 11:30 am & 12:30 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.

CHILDREN’S STORY TIME
Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 10:30 am
Thursdays, October 12 and 26 at 10:30 am
Children ages 3-5 are invited to join us for stories about nature. 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, October 19 from 5 - 9 pm
Filled with clownfish, corals, and cocktails, the Academy after-hours is the place to be on the third Thursday of every month. Explore museum and aquarium 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.

DYNAMITE DINONIGHT!
Friday, October 27 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Walk amongst giants of the past, crack the clues as a dino detective, explore a spooky haunted house, and touch hair-raising specimens with Academy scientists at the 15th Annual Halloween Costume Party. Delicious food and creative entertainment will delight kids of all ages. Tickets cost $350 per family (2 adults plus up to 3 children), or $150 per adult, $50 per child. Benefactor levels are available at $2500, $1000, and $500. Reservations are required by October 20. Space is limited; please reserve early by calling (415) 321-8405.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

HALLOWEEN HERPS
Saturday, October 28 at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Explore the mysterious world of reptiles and amphibians, and meet a frog, boa constrictor, and American alligator. 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.

October Lectures

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5
Human Skin: Past, Present, and Future
Lecture by Nina Jablonski, Ph.D., Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University
We expose it, pierce it, tattoo it, scar it. In her new book Skin: A Natural History, Jablonski places the rich cultural canvas of skin within its broader biological context, and the result is a tremendously engaging look at ourselves. She begins with a look at skin’s structure and functions and then tours its 300-million-year evolution, delving into such topics as the importance of touch and how the skin reflects and affects emotions. She examines the modern human obsession with age-related changes in skin, especially wrinkles. She then turns to skin as a canvas of self-expression, exploring our use of cosmetics, body paint, tattooing, and scarification. 8 pm ; $8 members, $10 non-members, $6 students; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 379-8000 .

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9
Seeing the Sky with Gamma-Ray Eyes
Dr. Steve Ritz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and University of Maryland
Gamma rays reveal the most powerful processes in the Universe, including black holes, neutron stars, and other amazing objects, and they allow us to test some basic laws of physics in unique ways. The Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) will be launched next year. Together with other facilities, GLAST will open a wide new window on the high-energy sky. This talk will introduce the main scientific questions in this area, along with the opportunities for discovery. 7:30 pm; $4 admission; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Purchase tickets at the door.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17
Update: The New Academy!
Lecture by Patrick Kociolek, Ph.D., Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences
As part of the Academy’s effort to update the public on the progress of the new Academy building, Patrick Kociolek will take the opportunity to share both the grand vision of the new Academy and the details of this fantastic project. He will use up-to-date photographs of the construction site as well as three-dimensional models to illuminate the path of the Academy’s imminent future. 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 during the DINOSAURS exhibit is: $10 for adults, $6.50 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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