Press Release

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

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

NOVEMBER 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 20 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 11:00 am & 2:00 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 while cleaning the tank windows and feeding the fish and anemones. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

LAGOON FEEDING
Thursdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm

Join the Academy’s shallow reef residents for lunch at the Mangrove Lagoon. Watch and ask questions as a biologist feeds vitamin-stuffed fish to the sharks and doles out a special diet of chopped clams, shrimp, squid and fish to the rays. 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 30-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. 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 25-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. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

WACHOVIA WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, November 19, 9:30am-5pm

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.

 
NOVEMBER LECTURES


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1
The Leakey Foundation Public Forum for Primatology and Scientific Roundtable Featuring Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Toshisada Nishida

What does it mean to be a primate? Join 20 of the greatest minds in the international scientific community as they come together to discuss this question.  During the event, forum speakers will examine what scientists have learned from primatology over the past 40 years, including insights into what it means to be human. 9 am – 3 pm; Tickets $200, includes a boxed lunch; for information, call 415.561.4646; California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Leakey Prize Gala
Honoring Leakey Laureates Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Toshisada Nishida

Join the Leakey Foundation as they celebrate a 40 year legacy of seminal human origins research and conservation efforts. Leakey Prize Laureates, Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Toshisada Nishida will be honored for their monumental contributions to our understanding of human and ape evolution, and for inspiring future generations to continue the journey of discovery and preservation. Festive/ elegant evening attire.  7:00 pm; Tickets $500 - $2500 for individuals available at www.cityboxoffice.com or call 415.392.4400; Sponsorship levels begin at $6,000; California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Discovering New Worlds
Lecture by Dr. Rachel Street, Las Cumbres Observatory, affiliated with University of California, Santa Barbara

Humans have wondered about the existence of other planets since ancient times. Now, with the help of new technologies, scientists are actively discovering planets in other star systems. These systems are turning out to be far more diverse and extraordinary than anyone expected. Join Dr. Rachel Street as she reviews the history of our search for extra-solar planets, from the early false starts to the outstanding successes of recent years. Along the way, she will describe how these elusive objects can be found, what scientists have learned about them so far, and what forthcoming space missions may reveal. 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.