Press Release
California Academy of Sciences - Newsroom

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

What's On in October 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. 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). 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? – closes October 28, 2007
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.

October 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.

HOME SCHOOL DAY AT THE ACADEMY
Thursday, October 4 from 10 am - 5 pm
Calling all home-schoolers! Join the Academy for a day of exploration. Watch the penguins dip and dive, touch a shark, and learn about the fragile coral reef. For more information, visit www.calacademy.org/education.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

STARGAZING AT THE SF BOTANICAL GARDENS
Friday, October 5 from 7:30 - 9 pm
Bing Quock of Morrison Planetarium leads a laser-guided tour of the early autumn skies. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. In the event of cloudy weather, observing will be replaced by a classroom lecture. Call 415-661-1316, ext. 354 to register. $5 members ($10 family of four); $15 non-members ($20 family).
Takes place at the SF Botanical Gardens, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS
Sunday, Oct. 7 and Monday, Oct. 8 at 10:30 am
Share some quality “You and Me” time with your child. Drop by the craft tables and make a fun project! 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.

ROCKIN’ REPTILES
Saturday-Monday, October 6-8 at 1 pm
Join Academy interns as they share fun facts about reptiles from around the world. You might meet an American alligator, ball python, rosy boa, or corn snake and perhaps 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. www.calacademy.org.

MEET THE BIOLOGIST
Saturday-Monday, October 6-8 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.

CHILDREN’S STORY TIME
Saturdays, October 13, 20, and 27 at 10:30 am
Explore nature with a story for children ages 3-5. On October 20, award-winning author Madeleine Dunphy will read her lyrical rhyming tale, Here Is The Coral Reef. Beginning with coral, Dunphy uses simple yet forceful verse to reveal the fragile chain that links each of the organisms in the reef environment. Children aged six through eight will enjoy this book and are welcome to join us. 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, October 18 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.

October Lectures & Symposia

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
Exploring the Sierra Nevada as a Naturalist and an Artist
Lecture by John Muir Laws, Associate of the California Academy of Sciences
For the past six years, John Muir Laws has been creating a pocket-size field guide to over 1,700 species found in the Sierra Nevada . The guide boasts an impressive 2,710 original watercolor paintings and has been field-tested and reviewed by educators, naturalists, and scientists. Through his candid and riveting style, Laws discusses astonishing relationships between Sierran species, emerging conservation issues, and techniques for painting in the field. Celebrate the release of The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada and hear about the making of this comprehensive work. 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.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
Tropical Rainforests: Challenges and New Hopes
BioForum Symposium for Science Educators
Learn about the ecological richness of tropical rainforests as well as the challenges associated with preserving these critical habitats. As deforestation advances in many tropical countries, there is widespread recognition that these forests are an important part of local and global climate patterns, as well as hosts to great biodiversity. With visualization tools like GIS, resource managers are gaining a new perspective in the fight to conserve remaining sections of forest as well as restore degraded patches. Pre-registration required. 8:30 am - 4 pm; $25 members, $30 non-members, $15 students; Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland. Pre-register by calling (415) 379-8000.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29
Black Holes: Space Warps, Time Machines, and the Excruciating Deaths of Stars
Lecture by Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College and Astronomical Society of the Pacific
What is the science behind the science fiction of black holes? How do astronomers find them, and why would falling into one be a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Analogies, slides, thought experiments, and humor will show how black holes warp space, act like a real time machine, and grow to be enormous at the centers of most galaxies. 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.

 


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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