Press Release

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

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Hands-on activities and programs will highlight Earth's diversity, sustainability, and conservation work
Click here for the Academy's Earth Day 2009 webpage.

SAN FRANCISO (March 11, 2009) – Timely programs, rich exhibits, and a parkland setting make the California Academy of Sciences the ultimate place to celebrate Earth Day, and get up close and personal with the planet we call home. In April, the Academy will host a variety of talks and activities to celebrate Earth Day, including a Sustainability Fair, a brand new series of naturalist-led tours of Golden Gate Park, and hands-on science activities. All daytime programs are included with museum admission, and as always, visitors who take public transportation to the Academy can receive $3 off.

The celebration kicks off on the weekend of April 18-19, with a Sustainability Fair, live animal demonstrations, and hands-on activities. These and other special programs will highlight steps individuals can take to lead more eco-friendly lives, and help protect fragile habitats around the world. The Academy’s exhibits provide vivid examples of the resources we need to conserve – transporting visitors to some of Earth’s most diverse ecosystems, from the coral reefs of the Philippines and the rainforests of Madagascar, to the coastal waters off of Northern California.

Just outside the museum’s doors, Golden Gate Park is home to vibrant ecosystems of its own. The Academy is launching a series of naturalist-led tours of Stowe Lake (April 18-19) and the park’s oak woodlands (April 25-26), which will shed new light on these familiar habitats.

For more information on living a greener life, the Academy’s Sustainability Card is available at www.calacademy.org/sustainable_future/. On Earth Day, the Academy will also launch an interactive make-a-pledge feature, making it easy for users to write, draw, or videotape their pledge to live more sustainably.

 

Earth Day Activities
 
Saturday, April 18 & Sunday, April 19

10:00am-5:00pm
Sustainability Fair

Talk to eco-friendly partner organizations from the Bay Area, and find new ideas for leading a more sustainable life. The Sustainability Fair features conservation and research organizations from around the Bay Area, and hands-on science activities. Face painters and stilt walkers will add to the festive atmosphere. Activities will range from a demonstration of how worms are used for composting, to interactive earthquake simulation software.
 
10:00am-12:00pm
Explore Golden Gate Park with a Naturalist: Water Wonders at Stowe Lake

Join us for an exploration of an important freshwater ecosystem in Golden Gate Park. Learn about aquatic food chains through hands-on activities and fun educational games. Find out about the latest water-related issues the Bay Area is facing and what you can do help. Meet at the Naturalist Center inside the Academy, and come dressed for outdoor activities. Limited to 30 people per session; RSVP required at (800) 794-7576.
 
10:30-11:30am
Hands-on nature crafts

Families are invited to work together to create their very own work of art that celebrates the natural world. Each day’s project will be different, and they will range from colorful slithering snakes to dream catchers. Continue the Earth Day celebration by taking your craft home to display.
 
11:00am-1:00pm
Live animal demonstrations

Come face-to-face with a few of the animals who share our planet. Learn about some of their amazing adaptations and what you can do to help protect them and their homes.
 
3:00pm
Every Day is Earth Day

Academy experts will present fun and engaging ideas for how to celebrate, understand, and protect the natural world. You’ll learn about some of the most incredible and vulnerable animals on Earth, simple things you can do at home to make big differences, and ways to make each day Earth Day.
 
Throughout the Day
Special presentations at our live animal exhibits

Come learn about the most popular animals on display at the California Academy of Sciences: penguins, alligators, and the beautiful fishes of the coral reef. Find out what it takes to care for them at the Academy, and what you can do to help protect their cousins in the wild.

 

Wednesday, April 22
Earth Day, presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company

10:30-11:30am
Hands-on nature crafts

Families are invited to work together to create their very own work of art that celebrates the natural world. Each day’s project will be different, and they will range from colorful slithering snakes to dream catchers. Continue the Earth Day celebration by taking your craft home to display.
 
3:00pm
Every Day is Earth Day

Academy experts will present fun and engaging ideas for how to celebrate, understand, and protect the natural world. You’ll learn about some of the most incredible and vulnerable animals on Earth, simple things you can do at home to make big differences, and ways to make each day Earth Day.
 
Throughout the Day
Special presentations at our live animal exhibits

Come learn about the most popular animals on display at the California Academy of Sciences: penguins, alligators, and the beautiful fishes of the coral reef. Find out what it takes to care for them at the Academy, and what you can do to help protect their cousins in the wild.

 

Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26

10:00am-12:00pm
Explore Golden Gate Park with a Naturalist: Wild Woodlands

Come explore the oak woodland in Golden Gate Park. Take a closer look at the fascinating world of plants through fun hands-on activities. Learn about the importance of maintaining biodiversity in our parks and the controversial issue of native versus invasive species. Meet at the Naturalist Center and come dressed for outdoor activities. Limited to 30 people per session; RSVP required at (800) 794-7576.
 
10:30-11:30am
Hands-on nature crafts

Families are invited to work together to create their very own work of art that celebrates the natural world. Each day’s project will be different, and they will range from colorful slithering snakes to dream catchers. Continue the Earth Day celebration by taking your craft home to display.
 
3:00pm
Every Day is Earth Day

Academy experts will present fun and engaging ideas for how to celebrate, understand, and protect the natural world. You’ll learn about some of the most incredible and vulnerable animals on Earth, simple things you can do at home to make big differences, and ways to make each day Earth Day.
 
Throughout the Day
Special presentations at our live animal exhibits

Come learn about the most popular animals on display at the California Academy of Sciences: penguins, alligators, and the beautiful fishes of the coral reef. Find out what it takes to care for them at the Academy, and what you can do to help protect their cousins in the wild.

 

Additional April events in celebration of Earth Day

Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 pm
Bookworms:Why We Need a Green Revolution

In honor of Earth Day, the Academy’s adult book group will read Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tom Friedman’s latest book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded. Friedman examines the global environmental crisis and offers suggestions on how the U.S. can change its energy practices and implement something he calls Code Green. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required as seating in the Naturalist Center is limited; to RSVP, call 415-379-5494.
 
Thursday, April 9, 3:00 pm
Spiders: Science and Myth

In this family-friendly program, naturalist Martin Nicholas will discuss the amazing feats of spiders that he has observed on expeditions around the world. Free with Academy admission.
 
Saturday, April 11, 3:00 pm
Spiders: Science and Myth

In this family-friendly program, naturalist Martin Nicholas will discuss the amazing feats of spiders that he has observed on expeditions around the world. Free with Academy admission.
 
Thursday, April 23, 6 -10 pm
NightLife celebrates Earth Day

Every Thursday night, the Academy opens its doors from 6-10 pm for NightLife, a chance for adults to explore the museum in a whole new light. This week features Andy Tang, senior director of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s smart energy division, discussing smart grid technology. Additional event details to be announced at a later date. Each week, NightLife features some of San Francisco's most popular DJs, food and cocktails, and a chance to mingle with the like-minded while exploring the Academy’s world-class exhibits. NightLife is for patrons age 21 and over; a valid ID is required for entry. Admission is $10 for non-member adults, $8 for members. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.
 
Tuesday, April 28, 7:00pm
Living with Wolves, a presentation with Jim and Jamie Dutcher

Join Jim and Jamie Dutcher for a film and presentation about their experiences living among gray wolves in a camp at the edge of Idaho’s Sawtooth Wilderness. Lauded for their work as documentary filmmakers and featured on the Discovery Channel, the Dutchers are dedicated to raising public awareness about the social nature of wolves and their importance to healthy ecosystems. Admission is $10 for non-member adults, $8 for members, seniors, and students. Seating is limited; purchase tickets by calling (800) 794-7576.