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

 

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PLEASE NOTE: The Academy's Howard Street location closes permanently at 5 pm on Sunday, January 6, 2008. The new Academy will open in October 2008 in Golden Gate Park.
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What's On in December at the California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Events, and Lectures

Exhibits

From the Depths: Inspiring Science and Art closes January 6, 2008
As one of the Academy's first Artists in Residence, contemporary painter Tiffany Bozic partnered with one of the Academy's curators, Dr. Rich Mooi, to explore the museum's vast collection of marine invertebrates. The result is From the Depths, a new exhibit at Howard Street. Large-scale paintings and sketches will transport you into the depths of both the ocean and the imagination, presenting an artist's vision of the life-and-death drama that unfolds beneath the sea. The exhibit also includes live tanks, preserved specimens, and photographs. It reveals the passion for discovery and understanding life that both scientists and artists share. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. (415) 379-8000.

African Penguin Colonycloses January 6, 2008
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 Alleycloses January 6, 2008
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. 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 Reefcloses January 6, 2008
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). 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.

Discovery Tide Pool – closes January 6, 2008
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 dayfrom 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

 

 

December 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.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME
Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and January 5 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.

THIRD THURSDAY
Thursday, December 20 from 5 - 9 pm
Filled with clownfish, cocktails, and conversation, the Academy after-hours is the place to be on the third Thursday of every month. This is the last Third Thursday at the Academy's Howard Street location. 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.

 

 

CLOSING DAY AT HOWARD STREET
Sunday, January 6 from 10 am - 5 pm
The Academy’s temporary museum on Howard Street closes permanently at 5:00 pm on the first Sunday of 2008. Celebrate the end of one chapter in the Academy’s history and the beginning of another with a day of festivities, including lectures, slideshows, and arts-and-crafts. Check www.calacademy.org for details. The new Academy will open in Golden Gate Park in October 2008.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

 

 

 

 

 

December Lectures

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4
Chief Marin: Leader, Rebel, and Legend
Lecture by Betty Goerke, Professor of Anthropology, College of Marin
Using mission records, ethnographies, explorers’ and missionaries’ diaries and correspondence, Betty Goerke has pieced together a fascinating portrait of a local Native American leader. Chief Marin led the Native resistance to Spanish colonization as the mission system collapsed and California became transformed by the newly arrived settlers. Goerke, an anthropologist and archaeologist, paints a picture of the California of Marin’s time: the sights, smells, and sounds of the land; the traditions the Coast Miwok fought to preserve; and the colonial system against which Marin and other Native American leaders struggled to keep their way of life. Book signing to 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.

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18
The Orion Nebula: Where Stars are Born
Lecture by Robert O'Dell, Vanderbilt University
The Orion Nebula is the closest major stellar nursery to Earth. Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based infrared telescopes reveal that stars have formed there within the last 100,000 years, a mere instant compared with the age of the universe. This talk will feature Hubble images and a simulated flying tour through the nebula. 7:30 pm; $4; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Purchase tickets at www.calacademy.org/lectures/tickets or at the door, when available.