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California Academy of Sciences - Newsroom

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

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

Exhibits

LAST CHANCE! DINOSAURS: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries
Open through
February 4, 2007
An evolution revolution. 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 the latest technologies are shattering many preconceived notions about these ancient beasts. 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 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.

February 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.

SNAKE FEEDING
Fridays, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 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, February 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 10:30 am
Explore nature with a story for children ages 3-5. 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.

GLOBAL WARMING DISCOVERY: A HANDS-ON DEMONSTRATION
Sunday, February 4 from 11 am - 4 pm
Be a space scientist. Your discoveries on other planets can help save life here on Earth. 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, February 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, and 28 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.

FANTASTIC FISH ARTS & CRAFTS
Fridays, February 9, 16, and 23 at 1 pm
What kind of fish will you create? Purple Crayon will provide the materials and know-how for you to express your creativity. Take home a sea creature of your very own! 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.

ACADEMY SEX TOURS
Saturday-Thursday, February 10-15 at 11:30 am
Love is in the air, on land and in the sea! Docents will be giving tours about the fascinating reproductive practices of fish, reptiles, amphibians, and other creatures. Reproduction is fascinating. Yes, the tours are about sex! 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.

SEABIRDS AND MARINE MAMMALS OF THE SOUTHERN OCEAN
Saturday, February 10 at 1 pm
See a brief slide show, touch preserved specimens, and explore the life history of the seabirds and mammals of the Southern Ocean. 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.

MEET THE BIOLOGIST
Saturdays, February 10, 17, and 24 at 2 pm
Sundays, February 11, 18, and 25 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 museum 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
Sundays, February 11, 18, and 25 at 10:30 am
Enjoy simple nature-inspired projects designed for children (ages 4-8) and their caregivers. 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.

VANISHING VERNAL POOLS
Sunday, February 11 at 1 pm
Meet a tiger salamander, and discover its extraordinary story of survival in California ’s vernal pool habitat. Handle live earthworms, learn how to read the secret code of “wildflower rings,” and find out why your help is needed to keep California ’s vernal pools from vanishing forever. 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, February 15 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. Enhance your visit to the aquarium with sex-themed tours, romantic music, and 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.

CREATURE FEATURE: OWLS AND THEIR PREY
Saturday, February 17 at 1 pm
Monday, February 19 at 1 pm
Learn about the natural history of barn owls and dissect owl pellets with Careers in Science interns. Practice using a simple dichotomous key to identify the skulls found in owl pellets. 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.

CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Sunday-Sunday, February 18-March 4
Join the Academy in welcoming the Year of the Boar with two weeks of special activities and demonstrations. Check www.calacademy.org for a complete schedule of festivities honoring the 4,705th Lunar New Year!
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

CALIFORNIA ENDANGERED WILDLIFE
Sunday, February 18 at 1 pm
Meet a live California desert tortoise, and learn what this animal and other endangered species need to help them survive in our changing 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.

FOLDING FUN: ORIGAMI IS FOR EVERYONE!
Monday, February 19 at 10:30 am
Make your own origami craft to take home (for ages 4 and up). 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.

THE "MINI-MORRISON" PLANETARIUM
Monday, February 19 from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Take a 15-minute tour of the night sky inside our portable, 16-foot planetarium dome and learn about the visible constellations, the planets, and the moon! Limited to 20 people per show, one show per hour. 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.

THE DUNGENESS CRAB
Saturday, February 24 at 1 pm
See real crab larvae and crab specimens, and explore the life cycle of the Dungeness crab, subject of the largest and most profitable crab fishery in California . 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.

WILD ANIMAL MIMICS
Sunday, February 25 at 1 pm
Meet a live snake that pretends to be venomous, and see other examples of insects, birds, and reptiles that try to fool other animals in order to survive. 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.

February Lectures

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Who Were the Neandertals?
Lecture by Howard Dibble, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania
The biological and cultural relationship between the Neandertals and modern Homo sapiens is regarded as one of the most controversial subjects in studies of human evolution. Though archaeology provides the primary data for understanding Neandertal behavior, interpreting such ancient material remains is always challenging. Drawing on recent excavations in France and Egypt , Dibble highlights some of the major problems that scientists face, and presents new finds concerning the past life of Neandertals. 8 pm; $8 members, $10 non-members, $6 students; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10
The Implications of Evolution: Evidence and Applications
BioForum Symposium for Educators and the General Public
Join experts in diverse fields of science as they examine the different lines of evidence for evolution and how evolution informs us about our natural world. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion on the importance of teaching evolution in science classrooms. This BioForum is jointly sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences, University of California Museum of Paleontology, and California Science Teachers Association. Moderated by Dr. Eugenie Scott, National Center for Science Education. 8:30 am - 4 pm; $25 members, $30 non-members, $15 students and teachers; Museum of Paleontology at the University of California–Berkeley. Register by calling (415) 379-8000 or online at www.calacademy.org.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools
Lecture by Dr. Eugenie Scott and Glenn Branch, National Center for Science Education
In the wake of the Kansas Board of Education’s 2005 approval of state science standards that cast doubt on the theory of evolution, and intelligent design’s defeat in the high-profile Kitzmiller v. Dover case in Pennsylvania , the debate over evolution education and the teaching of “creation science” continues in countless school districts across the country. Scott and Branch will give educators, parents, and other concerned citizens the information they need to combat the teaching of intelligent design in classrooms. 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.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Irv Weissman, Director of Stanford’s Institute for Cancer & Stem Cell Biology
In conversation with Jerry Lowenstein
As part of the Conversations at the Herbst Theatre series, Irv Weissman of the Institute for Cancer & Stem Cell Biology will talk about the latest medical developments. 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.

 


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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