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

Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123

***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 September at the California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Events, and Lectures

Exhibits

DINOSAURS: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries – September 16, 2006 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 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.

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.

September 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.

SNAKE FEEDING
Fridays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 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, September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 10:30 am
Thursdays, September 14 and 28 at 10:30 am
Children ages 3-5 are invited to join us for stories about the natural world. 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, September 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20, and 27 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.

THIRD THURSDAY
Thursday, September 21 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.  

September Lectures

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
A Conversation with James Lovelock
Scientist, Author, Environmentalist
Over twenty years after the development of his controversial Gaia theory, James Lovelock turns his formidable lens on our imminent global climate crisis. Lovelock’s influential Gaia theory conceives of the Earth, including the atmosphere, oceans, biosphere, and upper layers of rock, as a single living super-organism, regulating its internal environment much as an animal regulates its body temperature and chemical balance. But now, says Lovelock, that organism is sick. It is running a fever born of the combination of a sun whose intensity is slowly growing over millions of years, and an atmosphere whose greenhouse gases have recently spiked due to human activity. Lovelock explains the stress the planetary system is under, the ways humans are contributing to it, and what humanity must do to rescue itself. 8 pm; $8 members, $10 non-members, $6 students; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 379-8000.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
The Reluctant Mr. Darwin
Lecture by David Quammen
Charles Darwin nursed his idea about the evolution of species via natural selection for years. It had both political and religious implications that he knew would trouble those around him, including his own wife. In his new book The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, Quammen captures the private side of this famous scientist, the deeply conflicted man who would struggle for decades with the notion of publishing his thoughts. Quammen also traces the parallel career of another field naturalist, Alfred Wallace, whose famous letter to Darwin announcing his work prompted the older man to publication. 8 pm; free for members, $10 non-members, $6 students; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 379-8000.

 

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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