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

Exhibits

New Exhibit: "Aquarium Under Construction"
What does it take to prepare 38,000 animals for their future home in the new Academy? Over seven miles of piping, hundreds of pumps and filters, and nearly a million gallons of water are just the beginning. Visit this new exhibit at 875 Howard Street and get a unique, in-depth understanding of the process - see real holding tanks, massive blocks of acrylic, food prep and medical stations, and much more. 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.

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 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.

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. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

April 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 Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS: A “YOU AND ME” EXPERIENCE FOR ADULTS WITH CHILDREN AGES 4-8
Sundays, April 1, 22, and 29 at 10:30 am
Spend an hour together creating a unique nature-inspired craft project. Extend the fun with educational take-home information. Free for members, $2.00 per person for non-members. Reservations required at (415) 379-8000.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

ROCKIN’ REPTILES
Sundays, April 1 and 8 at 1 pm
Saturday, April 7 at 1 pm
Join Academy interns as they share the natural history and conservation status of reptiles around the world. You might meet an American alligator, ball python, rosy boa, or corn snake and even get to touch it as well! Free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

FLUID FAUNA
Mondays-Fridays, April 2-6 and April 9-13 at 1 pm
Come one and all to soak up knowledge about some of the most interesting animals on Earth—aquatic animals! Experience the wonder of watery habitats and be ready to get a little damp yourself. Free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

CORAL REEF CARETAKING
Mondays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, April 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 Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

MEET THE BIOLOGIST
Tuesdays, April 3 and 10 at 2 pm
Thursdays, April 5 and 12 at 2 pm
Meet an Academy biologist and discover how to care for aquarium creatures. Depending on the animal you visit, you may learn how to take and test water samples, check filters, clean tanks, or administer appropriate amounts of food. Free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

BAY AREA BIRDS
Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 1 pm
Learn about the fascinating birds that live in the Bay Area, and find out where you can see them.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

SNAKE FEEDING
Fridays, April 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 Academy 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, April 7, 21, and 28 at 10:30 am
Explore nature with a story for children ages 3-5. Free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FISH TOURS
Wednesday, April 11 from 10:30 am - 12 noon
Friday, April 13 from 10:30 am - 12 noon
Wander through the Academy’s collection of over 200,000 bottled ichthyology specimens, see the water-filtering systems for the aquarium, watch biologists prepare food for the animals, and learn about the coral rearing pods. $10 members, $15 non-members (plus admission). Registration required by calling (415) 379-8000.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

EARTH DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION
Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15
Celebrate Earth Day with two days of fun programs designed for families. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to interact with representatives from local conservation organizations and public agencies. All programs free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

ART & SCIENCE FOR CHILDREN AGES 4-8
10:30 am
Try your hand at Gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing.

THE SECRET LIFE OF YOUR DINNER
12 pm
What’s life like for ocean animals before they show up on our menu? Discover the bizarre and interesting life of lobsters, crabs, tuna, scallops, and other seafood favorites, as well as more unusual animals eaten in cultures around the world.

DISCOVER, CELEBRATE & PROTECT
1 pm
Learn ways in which we can all discover the wonders of the natural world and help protect its treasures.

MEET THE BIOLOGIST
2 pm
On Saturday, April 14, join aquatic biologist Dave Chan for an introduction to the Academy’s 150-pound giant sea bass. On Sunday, April 15, watch the Academy’s coral reef residents eat their lunch and learn about coral reef conservation.  

THIRD THURSDAY
Thursday, April 19 from 5 - 9 pm
Filled with clownfish, cocktails, and conversation, the Academy after-hours is the place to be on the third Thursday of this month. Explore aquarium and museum 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.

ASTRONOMY DAY AT THE ACADEMY
Saturday, April 21
Join local amateur astronomers in skywatching and exploring the Universe. The Academy will host activities for kids and provide astronomy-related door prizes. All programs free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

ART & SCIENCE FOR CHILDREN AGES 4-8
10:30 am
See the stars shine! Make a constellation postcard to take home.

THE SKY TONIGHT
1 pm
Morrison Planetarium’s Bing Quock will guide you on a tour of the night sky for this evening’s skywatching. Weather permitting, amateur astronomy clubs will hold "star parties" for the public tonight, giving you an opportunity to look at the waxing crescent Moon, Venus, Saturn, and “deep-sky” objects.

MEET THE BIOLOGIST
2 pm
Steinhart Aquarium biologists will introduce you to sea stars, the starry flounder, and other creatures with space-inspired names.

SEA LIFE SERIES
Sundays, April 22 and 29 at 1 pm
Examine the fascinating and diverse lives of ocean animals. Illustrated by slides or specimens, these interactive discussions will cover topics such as communication in the ocean and aquatic parenting skills. Free with admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

BLUE OCEAN
Saturday, April 28 at 1 pm
Dive into the incredible world of our blue planet, and explore topics such as water currents, animal migrations, fisheries, and global warming. Free with Academy admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

April Classes and Lectures

MONDAY, APRIL 16
From Dust to Dust: The Shrouds of Stellar Birth and Death
Lecture by Dr. Peter Tuthill, University of Sydney
The life cycle of most stars is bracketed at both ends by dust. From the spectacular flattened whirlpools feedings stellar births, to the dramatic plumes and shells cast by dying stars, new imaging technologies are delivering our first clear views into the crucibles of creation and destruction among the stars. 7:30 pm ; $4; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street , San Francisco . Purchase tickets by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17
Cougars and Carnivores of Yellowstone
Lecture by Dr. Howard Quigley, Executive Director of Beringia South
Howard Quigley will present an overview of cougar natural history and conservation challenges facing cougars in the American West, as well as the results of recent scientific studies in Yellowstone . The re-introduction of wolves, the expanding grizzly bear population, and the broad distribution of black bears and cougars in Yellowstone provide an unprecedented opportunity to study the interaction of these species and develop long-term conservation strategies. 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, online at www.calacademy.org, or at the door when available.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Stargazing at the San Francisco Botanical Garden - Early Spring Skies
Session led by Bing Quock, Morrison Planetarium
Venus, Saturn, and a waxing crescent Moon provide splendid sights just after sunset, whetting one’s appetite for more as the sky slowly darkens. Bing Quock of the Academy’s Morrison Planetarium will lead a laser-guided tour of the spring constellations and turn a telescope toward the planets, Moon, and star clusters. Dress warmly and bring binoculars, if you have them. Classroom presentation provided in the event of inclement weather. 8 - 9:30 pm ; $8 members ($13 families), $12 non-members ($18 families); SF Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park , San Francisco. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 661-1315, x300.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21
Coral Reefs: How They Survive and Will They Survive?
BioForum seminar led by Dr. Monica Medina, UC Merced
Scientists will discuss how global warming has impacted coral reefs worldwide and what the future holds for these biodiversity wonders of the ocean. Steinhart Aquarium’s current and future coral reef exhibits will be a featured part of this seminar. 8:30 am - 4 pm ; $25 members, $30 non-members, $15 students; California Academy of Sciences and Zeum, San Francisco . Pre-register by calling (415) 379-8000.

MONDAY, APRIL 30
Conversations at the Herbst Theatre
Dr. Sherwin Nuland, Physician and Author
In How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, Dr. Sherwin Nuland stripped death of its mythology and presented both its biological and clinical reality. In How We Live, Nuland focused on the resiliency and biological functions of human life. As part of the Academy’s Conversations at the Herbst Theatre series, Nuland will speak about his work as a surgeon, author, and medical historian. 8 pm ; $17 members, $19 non-members; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue , San Francisco . Purchase tickets by calling (415) 392-4400 or online at www.cityboxoffice.com.