Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
sstone@calacademy.org
Helen Taylor (415) 379-5128

What’s On in December 2008 at the California Academy of Sciences
Events and Lectures

DECEMBER EVENTS


PENGUIN FEEDINGS
Every Day at 10:30 am & 3:30 pm

The Academy’s African penguins are always especially animated during meal time. Watch the birds dip and dive in their new tank at the end of African Hall as a biologist dons a wet suit and hands out vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin. Each feeding takes 10 minutes, and questions are encouraged. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

CORAL REEF DIVES
Every Day at 11:30 am & 2:30 pm

Watch as a diver suits up in SCUBA gear and plunges into the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibit. Outfitted with an underwater microphone, the diver will answer all of your reef-related questions. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

SWAMP TALK
Every day at 1:00pm

Join us at the Swamp to learn about some of the Academy’s most popular animals, including the albino alligator and the alligator snapping turtles. You’ll find out what it takes to care for these amazing creatures, which are native to swamps in the southeastern United States. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

FRAGILE PLANET PLANETARIUM SHOW
Daily, every hour on the half-hour

Leave Planet Earth behind as you fly to the farthest reaches of the Universe in this 25-minute show. Zoom through the roof of the Academy’s building, float up through Earth’s atmosphere, and gain an astronaut’s view of your home—the only planet currently known to support life. Then travel to the Moon, Mars, and even beyond the Milky Way to search for habitats that might support extraterrestrial life. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

BUGS! 3D SHOW
Daily, every hour on the hour

A remarkable foray into the fascinating world of insects, this 22-minute feature was filmed on location in the tropical forests of Borneo. Using immersive 3D technology, the film follows the life cycles of Hierodula, the praying mantis, and Papilio, the butterfly. Slide on your special viewing glasses and see for yourself what all the buzz is about. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

'SEASHELLS' PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING
Beauty and Revelation from the Seashore and from the Academy Collections
Wednesday, December 10, 12:30 pm in the Education Classroom

Join photographer Josie Iselin and author Sandy Carlson for a lively presentation on the making of Seashells, a luminous book celebrating both the everyday shells we love to find at the beach and specimens from the Academy. Some of the shells from the Academy’s collection that were chosen to illustrate the fascinating shell and fossil stories will be on display for a closer look. A book signing will be held after the presentation. Free with Academy admission. Seating is limited, so to reserve a space, please call the Naturalist Center at 415-379-5494. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

WACHOVIA WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, December 17, 9:30 am – 5 pm

The Academy is free to the public on the third Wednesday of each month. This program is sponsored by Wachovia. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

DECEMBER LECTURES

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15
The MESSENGER Mission to Mercury
Dean Lecture with Robert Gold, John Hopkins University

Join Robert Gold from Johns Hopkins University as he discusses the MESSENGER spacecraft, which is on its way to orbit Mercury. For a long time, very little was known about Mercury because it is difficult to observe and study. MESSENGER has now flown by the planet twice, revealing new information about its structure and the geological processes that have shaped it. 7:30 pm; Tickets $5 at the door, or in advance by mail; Kanbar Hall at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street (at Presidio Avenue), San Francisco; Email questions to deanseries@calacademy.org or call 415.379.8000