Press Release

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

What’s On in February 2009 at the California Academy of Sciences
Events and Lectures

FEBRUARY 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 1:00 pm

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.

NIGHTLIFE
Thursday, February 12, 6–10 pm

NightLife kicks off on February 12, marking the start of a series of weekly evening events that blend science, music, cocktails and food in a one-of-a-kind museum setting. This week, Om Records DJs will set the beat in the Academy's Islands of Evolution exhibit, where cocktails and food will also be available. NightLife's launch also marks the start of EVOLVE 2009, San Francisco's city-wide celebration of evolution and the Darwin anniversaries. On the 12th, NightLife will include an informal talk, "Who was Charles Darwin?" by Keith Thompson of the University of Oxford. NightLife is for patrons age 18 and over; a valid ID is required for entry. Admission is $10 for non-member adults, $8 for members. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

WACHOVIA WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, February 18, 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.

NIGHTLIFE
Thursday, February 19, 6–10 pm

Gaze into the stars, test your science-savvy in a science café, get up close and personal with aquarium critters, explore art with a scientific edge, and much more during the Academy’s weekly NightLife events. NightLife is for patrons age 18 and over; a valid ID is required for entry. Admission is $10 for non-member adults, $8 for members. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

NIGHTLIFE
Thursday, February 26, 6 – 10 pm

Gaze into the stars, test your science-savvy in a science café, get up close and personal with aquarium critters, explore art with a scientific edge, and much more during the Academy’s weekly NightLife events. NightLife is for patrons age 18 and over; a valid ID is required for entry. Admission is $10 for non-member adults, $8 for members. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

FEBRUARY LECTURES


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3
The Art of Conservation

Join Cristina Mittermeier and Michael Totten as they share photographs and stories from a new book and exhibition created by Conservation International and the International League of Conservation Photographers. The speakers will discuss their explorations of exotic and threatened places and the art of capturing these places in a symbolic way for the entire world to appreciate. 7:00pm; free to the public, but RSVPs are required. To RSVP, call 415-785-7860 or email jagnew@conservation.org. Hearst Forum at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10
EVOLVE 2009 Lecture
Applications and Influence of Evolution: A Wide Spectrum

The Academy’s Dean of Science and Research Collections, David Mindell, will discuss the broad applications of evolutionary science, from public health to forensics to conservation, based in part on his recent book, The Evolving World. 12:15 pm and 6:30 pm; tickets are $10 for non-member adults, $8 for non-member seniors, and free for members. To make a reservation or to purchase a ticket, call (800) 794-7576. Please note that seating is limited and that admission is for the lecture only. Tickets to the entire museum are separate and optional. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12
EVOLVE 2009 Lecture
The Young Charles Darwin: Where Did He Get His Ideas?

How and when did Darwin actually come to his revolutionary ideas? How did a quiet and shy 27-year-old develop the most provocative idea of the past 200 years? Join Keith Thomson from the University of Oxford as he discusses these questions. 12:15 pm; tickets are $10 for non-member adults, $8 for non-member seniors, free for members. To make a reservation or to purchase a ticket, call (800) 794-7576. Please note that seating is limited and that admission is for the lecture only. Tickets to the entire museum are separate and optional. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17
EVOLVE 2009 Lecture
Patagonia and the Pampas: Darwin in Southern South America

From 1832 to 1835, Darwin traveled extensively in the Pampas and Patagonia. Join Academy scientist Gary Williams as he presents a natural history of the region based on his own excursions which follow Darwin's historic travels. 12:15pm; free with Academy admission, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, call 415-379-5494. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Conversations at the Herbst Theater featuring Terry Tempest Williams

Author and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams will discuss some of her most recent work and musings on the natural world. 8pm; tickets are $20 for non-members, $18 for members. Series tickets also available (6 events). For tickets, call City Box Office at 415-392-4400, or visit www.cityboxoffice.com. Lecture takes place at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Dean Lecture
Asteroids, Evolution, and the Long-term Habitability of Earth

Join David Morrison from NASA as he discusses cosmic impacts, their role in Earth's biological history, and efforts to avoid them in the future. Lecture takes place in Morrison Planetarium. 7:30pm; tickets are $10 for non-member adults, $8 for non-member seniors, and $5 for members. Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
EVOLVE 2009 Lecture
Leaping Lizards! Charles Darwin Explores the Galápagos

Join Academy scientist Terry Gosliner as he provides an accurate portrayal of how Darwin’s visit to the Galápagos shaped his ideas on evolution by means of natural selection. 12:15pm; free with Academy admission, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, call 415-379-5494. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.