Press Release
California Academy of Sciences - Newsroom

Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123
ang@calacademy.org

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

Exhibits

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.

August 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.

CORAL REEF CARETAKING
Mondays, August 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, August 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 Academy 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, August 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 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, August 4, 11, 18, and 25 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.

MEET THE BIOLOGIST
Saturdays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 2 pm
Sundays, August 5, 12, 19, and 26 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.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FISH TOURS
Wednesday, August 8 from 10:30 am - noon
Fridays, August 10 and 24 from 10:30 am - noon
Walk through the Ichthyology Department’s vast collection of over 200,000 preserved specimens, and get up close with some of the most bizarre, rare, and deadly fish in the world! Tours also include a walk behind the glass of Steinhart Aquarium’s coral nursery and a glimpse of the new Academy’s holding tanks. $10 members, $15 non-members (plus admission) . Reservations 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.

THIRD THURSDAY
Thursday, August 16 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.

August Lectures

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21
The Fragile Edge: Wonders and Warnings from the Oceans
Lecture by Julia Whitty, author, documentary filmmaker
Julia Whitty's work has kept her at sea for much of the past 25 years, exploring the underwater and topside worlds of coral reefs in the South Pacific, ocean currents in the North Atlantic, Norwegian fjords, and deep-sea vents in the Pacific, to name a few. Along the way she has spent many seasons working with wild marine mammals, including Atlantic spotted dolphins, spinner dolphins, killer whales, humpback whales, gray whales, blue whales, manatees, and elephant seals. Alongside these wonders, Whitty has also seen the threats to the ocean grow and spread, as local troubles have gone global in only 25 years. Join Whitty as she features photographs and tales from her new book, The Fragile Edge. A book signing will follow the lecture. 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 is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Kimball Natural History Museum. The Academy is in the midst of an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is scheduled to open on September 27, 2008. www.calacademy.org (415) 379-8000.

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