Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES CELEBRATES OPENING WEEKEND WITH
SAN FRANCISCO (August 19, 2008) — After years of anticipation, the doors of the new California Academy of Sciences will open to the general public for the first time on the weekend of September 27-28 in Golden Gate Park. A weekend-long celebration of science will mark the occasion, presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The main attraction will be the Academy itself and the innovative exhibits and animals inside, but the celebration will also spread out onto the Music Concourse in front of the Academy, with science and art activities for visitors of all ages, and food and entertainment from around the world. Admission will be free on Saturday the 27th, and the museum will be open with extended hours on both days.
A Momentous Occasion
Saturday, September 27
Sunday, September 28
Celebrating with Eco-Friendly Flair
The Academy's lead corporate sponsor, PG&E, will be on-hand in the Music Concourse to share everyday green living tips with visitors. PG&E recently awarded $1.5 million to the Academy to support the museum’s ongoing climate change and sustainability exhibits and programs. Over the next four years, PG&E will help educate Californians about what they can do to protect our state’s natural heritage by participating in public programs, providing timely energy-related exhibit content, and sponsoring the Academy’s Altered State: Climate Change in California exhibit.
At recycling and composting bins throughout the Music Concourse, volunteers from SF Environment will be standing by, helping people toss their items in the proper bins, and offering helpful tips for remembering what can be recycled and composted.
Music Concourse Activities
In the concourse band shell, musicians and dancers representing cultures from around the world will perform throughout both days. A full schedule of events will be available at www.calacademy.org in advance. Children will be able to make science-themed arts and crafts projects, enjoy jugglers and face painters, climb a rock wall, and watch kid-friendly musicians and performers on-stage.
A diverse group of food vendors was hand-selected for both their high quality offerings and their sustainable practices. Offerings will include tamales, fresh baked goods, fair-trade coffee, vegetarian cuisine, gourmet sandwiches and salads, wood-fired pizza, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. By featuring organic and sustainable ingredients, using biodegradable packaging, and minimizing the use of disposable items, these vendors will help reduce the event’s environmental impact.