Press Release
California Academy of Sciences - Newsroom

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

What's On in March 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.

March 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.

AQUARIUM HIGHLIGHTS
Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 10 am 12 noon
Take a docent-led tour to learn about Steinhart Aquarium’s fish, amphibians, snakes, and other reptiles. Docents will share funny stories and interesting facts about these animals, including surprising behavioral traits and unusual adaptations. 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.

BAY AREA BIRDS
Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 1 pm
Learn about the fascinating birds that live in the Bay Area, and find out where you can see them. 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, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 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, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 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.

BLUE OCEAN
Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, and 24 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 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, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 2 pm
Sundays, March 4, 11, 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: A "YOU AND ME" EXPERIENCE FOR ADULTS WITH CHILDREN AGES 4-8
Sundays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 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 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.

SEA LIFE SERIES
Sundays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 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.

CORAL REEF CARETAKING
Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, March 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.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FISH TOURS
Fridays, March 9 and 23 from 10:30 am 12 noon
Wednesday, March 14 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.

THIRD THURSDAY
Thursday, March 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. 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.

LIVE BAT ENCOUNTER
Sunday, March 18 at 11:30 am & 2 pm
Meet live bats from around the world, hear their high-pitched sound with a “bat detector,” and learn about their importance and conservation. Special ambassadors will include an endangered golden bat as well as the largest bat in the world – the gigantic flying fox bat from Malaysia with a wingspan of almost six feet. First-come first-served; tickets will be released on the main floor 20 minutes before each program. 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.

ROCKIN’ REPTILES
Saturday, March 31
Time T.B.D.
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 museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

March Lectures

MONDAY, MARCH 19
New Worlds in the Making: Origins of Planets and Brown Dwarfs
Lecture by Dr. Ray Jayawardhana, University of Toronto
Astronomers have detected over 200 planets around Sun-like stars, as well as hundreds of “brown dwarfs” too puny to light up as stars. Intriguingly, some brown dwarfs may harbor planetary companions. Astronomers are deciphering the birth and early evolution of planets and brown dwarfs using remarkable new observations and sophisticated computer simulations. 7:30 pm; $4; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door.

TUESDAY, MARCH 20
From the Philippines to the Golden Gate : Foundations for the New Steinhart Aquarium
Lecture by Dr. Meg Burke, Dr. Terry Gosliner, and Bart Shepherd, California Academy of Sciences
In 2006, a multidisciplinary Academy team traveled to the Philippines to research the new Academy’s 212,000-gallon coral reef display. Using stunning underwater imagery, Terry Gosliner will describe the diversity of the Philippine reefs and discuss his past research there. Meg Burke will detail the integration of education, research, and conservation from a community-based perspective. And Bart Shepherd will address the art and science of translating wild reefs into a realistic and sustainable captive living reef. 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.

 


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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