Press Release

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

What's On in April at the California Academy of Sciences
Events and Lectures

APRIL 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.
 
PENGUIN SHOW-N-TELL
Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm

Meet the Academy’s colony of African penguins and learn more about these charismatic birds in an interactive presentation for visitors of all ages. 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
Monday – Friday at 1 pm
Saturday – Sunday at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm

Join us at the Swamp to learn about some of the Academy’s most popular animals, including American alligators and 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.
 
LAGOON FEEDING
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 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 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, April 2, 6–10 pm

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. Dance to some of San Francisco's most popular DJs, enjoy food and cocktails, and mingle with the like-minded while you explore the Academy’s world-class exhibits and get up close and personal with aquarium critters. Take in some knowledge with your libations – each week features provocative science programming and a few surprises. 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. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.
 
TEENS TALK BOOKS: The Lives of Charles and Emma Darwin
Saturday, April 4, 11 am

Join a teenage discussion of the book Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, an intimate biography of Charles Darwin by Deborah Heiligman. Free with General Admission, but an RSVP is required as seating is limited; to RSVP, call 415-379-5494. Education Classroom at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
BOOKWORMS: Why We Need a Green Revolution
In honor of Earth Day 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 pm

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. 6:30pm; admission is free, but an RSVP is required as seating is limited; to RSVP, call 415-379-5494. Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
NIGHTLIFE: Yuri’s Night, the World Party for Space
Thursday, April 9, 6 – 10 pm

NightLife goes interstellar to celebrate the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first flight into space (1961) and the first launch of the U.S. Space Shuttle (1981). For more information on this global event, visit http://yurisnight.net/main. 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. Dance to some of San Francisco's most popular DJs, enjoy food and cocktails, and mingle with the like-minded while you explore the Academy’s world-class exhibits and get up close and personal with aquarium critters. Take in some knowledge with your libations – each week features provocative science programming and a few surprises. 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. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.
 
SPIDERS: SCIENCE AND MYTH
In honor of Earth Day 2009
Thursday, April 9, 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 11, 3:00 pm

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. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
WACHOVIA WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, April 15, 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, April 16, 6 – 10 pm

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. Dance to some of San Francisco's most popular DJs, enjoy food and cocktails, and mingle with the like-minded while you explore the Academy’s world-class exhibits and get up close and personal with aquarium critters. Take in some knowledge with your libations – each week features provocative science programming and a few surprises. 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. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.
 
SUSTAINABILITY FAIR
In honor of Earth Day 2009
Saturday-Sunday, April 18-19, 10 am – 5 pm

Talk to eco-friendly partner organizations from the Bay Area, and find new ideas for leading a more sustainable life. Check www.calacademy.org for more information. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
 
HANDS-ON NATURE
In honor of Earth Day 2009
Saturday-Sunday, April 18-19, 10:30 am
Wednesday, April 22, 10:30 am
Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26, 10:30 am

Visitors of all ages are invited to join a hands-on, family activity that inspires an appreciation for the natural world. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
 
EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY
In honor of Earth Day 2009
Saturday-Sunday, April 18-19, 3:00 pm
Wednesday, April 22, 3:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26, 3:00 pm

Fun ways to protect the environment in your everyday life. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
 
EXPLORE GOLDEN GATE PARK WITH A NATURALIST
In honor of Earth Day 2009
Saturday-Sunday, April 18-19, 10 am – 12 pm

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 and come dressed for outdoor activities. Free with Academy admission. Limited to 30 people per session; RSVP required at (800) 794-7576. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
 
EXPLORE GOLDEN GATE PARK WITH A NATURALIST
In honor of Earth Day 2009
Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26, 10 am – 12 pm

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. Free with Academy admission. Limited to 30 people per session; RSVP required at (800) 794-7576. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
 
NIGHTLIFE
Thursday, April 23, 6 – 10 pm

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. Dance to some of San Francisco's most popular DJs, enjoy food and cocktails, and mingle with the like-minded while you explore the Academy’s world-class exhibits and get up close and personal with aquarium critters. Take in some knowledge with your libations – each week features provocative science programming and a few surprises. 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. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.
 
NIGHTLIFE
Thursday, April 30, 6 – 10 pm

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. Dance to some of San Francisco's most popular DJs, enjoy food and cocktails, and mingle with the like-minded while you explore the Academy’s world-class exhibits and get up close and personal with aquarium critters. Take in some knowledge with your libations – each week features provocative science programming and a few surprises. 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. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.
 

 

APRIL LECTURES
 

MONDAY, APRIL 6
Dean Lecture
Habitable Worlds in the Universe: The Search Begins

Science fiction assumes that the Milky Way Galaxy abounds with habitable planets populated by advanced civilizations engaged in interstellar commerce and conflict. Back in the real Universe, Earth-like planets and alien life have proved elusive. Has science fiction led us astray? In 2009, astronomers will launch the first searches for Earth-like worlds around other stars, using bizarre, extreme telescopes for the task. These telescopes fundamentally supersede Galileo’s historic little scope for the first time. A wild race for signs of inhabited worlds and extraterrestrial life is about to begin. 7:30pm; Purchase tickets in advance by calling 415.379.8000. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. 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, APRIL 14, 2009
Pritzker Lecture
Discovering and Interpreting Hominid Fossil Remains

Dr. Zeray Alemseged, Academy Curator of Anthropology, will discuss recent discoveries related to hominid fossil remains and their environments, and how these various environmental and ecological factors may have affected primate and human evolutionary processes. 12:15pm and 6:30pm; Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors, members free. 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.
 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
Conversations at the Herbst Theater featuring Kay Ryan in conversation with David Ulin

Join Kay Ryan, United States Poet Laureate 2008, in conversation with David Ulin, journalist and the Book Editor at the Los Angeles Times. Ryan's collections include Flamingo Watching, Elephant Rocks, and Say Uncle. In her 2005 book of poetry, The Niagara River, Ryan evokes human pathos through natural images from roosting chickens and hailstorms to the laws of physics. 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, APRIL 20, 2009
Conversations at the Herbst Theater featuring Maya Lin in conversation with Ryan Wyatt

Artist and architect Maya Lin, whose works include the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, and two works at the new California Academy of Sciences, will join Ryan Wyatt in conversation. Wyatt is the director of the Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization at the California Academy of Sciences. 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.
 
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009
Why Darwin Matters
with Michael Shermer, co-sponsored by the Academy and the Leakey Foundation

Join author and historian Michael Shermer for a discussion of Charles Darwin’s legacy. Shermer is Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University. 7:00 pm; Admission is $10 for non-member adults, $8 for members, seniors. Ticketing details available after March 1st at www.calacademy.org. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
 
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009
Living with Wolves
In honor of Earth Day 2009

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. 7:00 pm; Admission is $10 for non-member adults, $8 for members, seniors, and students. Seating is limited; purchase tickets by calling (800) 794-7576. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.