Press Release

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

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

Note: The Academy will be closed on December 25.

DECEMBER EVENTS

EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS
December 21-23, 9:30am – 6:30pm
December 26-30, 9:30am – 6:30pm

The Academy will stay open until 6:30 pm on these dates (normal closing time on other dates is 5:00 pm). Regular admission rates apply. The Academy is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
PENGUIN FEEDINGS
Daily 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 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
Daily 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
Weekdays at 1:00 pm

Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 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.
 
LIVE BIRDS OF PREY
Tuesday - Thursday at 2:00 pm, as conditions permit

The California Academy of Sciences is home to some new feathered residents— a Barn Owl, a Swainson’s Hawk, and a Turkey Vulture. If you visit their enclosure in the West Gardens, you may be able to get a peek at these magnificent raptors, or even see a Biologist providing their daily care. 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

This 25-minute film is a remarkable foray into the insect life of Borneo, using immersive 3D technology. Named the Best Special Venue film at the 2009 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Bugs! 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.
 
JOURNEY TO THE STARS PLANETARIUM SHOW
Daily, Proceed to the planetarium entrance upon arrival for the day’s schedule and to pick up your passes.

Travel through time and space to experience the dramatic lives and deaths of stars. Witness brilliant supernova explosions, dive into the heart of the fiery Sun, and watch it transform into a red giant five billion years in the future. Along the way, you will discover the deep-rooted connection between humanity and the stars. Free with Academy admission; seats are limited and show passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
EXPLORE THE LIVING ROOF WITH A NATURALIST
Every Monday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Learn about the Academy’s 2.5-acre living roof and the birds, bees, and other animals that visit its 1.7 million native plants. Meet in the Naturalist Center. Free with Academy admission; space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
SHARK & RAY FEEDING
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 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.
 
SPECIMEN SPOTLIGHT
Every Wednesday at 11:30 am

Find out more about a different specimen each week in these mini-presentations at the Naturalist Center. Free with Academy admission. Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
NIGHTLIFE – AGES 21 +
Every Thursday* from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
*Note: There will be no NightLife on Dec. 24, and Dec. 31

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 those ages 21 and over; a valid ID is required for entry. Admission is $12 per person ($10 Academy members). California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.
 
CHILDREN’S STORY TIME – AGES 2-5
Every Thursday and Saturday at 11:00 am

Children aged 2 to 5 and their parents are invited to the Early Explorers Cove to listen to stories about nature, science, and the wonderful world around us. Free with Academy admission; space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Early Explorers Cove at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS – AGES 4-8
Every Sunday, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Families with children aged 4 to 8 are invited to make nature themed crafts. Space is limited. Check lobby for location. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
SCIENCE ACTIVITIES – AGES 6-10
Every Sunday, 2:15 - 3:15pm

Come explore the natural world through stories, experiments, games and crafts. Free with Academy admission; space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Education Classroom at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
CHAT WITH AN ACADEMY SCIENTIST – AGES 10+
Wednesday, December 9 at 3:00 pm
Wednesday, December 23 at 3:00 pm

Academy scientists explore every corner of the globe, studying the diversity of life and how to protect it. Meet a different scientist each month and learn about their past discoveries, recent expeditions, and current research. Free with Academy admission. Science in Action exhibit (level 1) at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
EXPLORE SCIENCE!
Wednesday, December 9 at 3:00 pm

Stop by for lively science talks, fun animal demonstrations, and investigations into the wild side of life. Check lobby for location. This program occurs on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive. 415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

BOOKWORM CLUB: Evolution at the Academy
Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30 pm
Evidence of Evolution, by Susan Middleton and Mary Ellen Hannibal

Something special for our book club meeting this month – join the authors for a group discussion of their new book about evolution which uses specimens from the Academy’s research collections to illustrate evolutionary development in plants and animals. Free; space is limited, to reserve a space, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
FREE WEDNESDAYS
brought to you by The Bernard Osher Foundation
Wednesday, December 16, 9:30 am – 5 pm

The Academy is free to the public on the third Wednesday of each month. Admission is on a first come, first served basis, and early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand. Also, please note that final entry to the museum on free days is 4pm. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.


DECEMBER LECTURES

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7
Dean Lecture
At Saturn: Tripping the Light Fantastic
Featuring Dr. Carolyn Porco, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

For seven years, the Cassini spacecraft and its Huygens probe traveled invisible interplanetary roads to the place we call Saturn. Their successful entry into orbit, the mythic landng of Huygens on the cold, dark equatorial plains of Titan, and Cassini’s subsequent explorations of the saturnian environment are already the stuff of legend. What they have shown us, and the images they have collected, have revolutionized our views of this very alien planetary system and the planetary processes responsible for its configuration. 7:30pm; Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling 800.794.7576. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. Tickets are $12 for non-member adults, $10 for non-member seniors, and $6 for members. Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

ACADEMY TOURS
For those wishing to enhance their Academy visit, we offer several guided tour options,
and a self-guided audio tour.

Platinum Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Daily at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm

Go beyond the public exhibit spaces for an all access, exclusive, up-close-and-personal look at the greenest museum on Earth. Tour highlights include stepping into a working lab and interacting with Academy researchers, viewing of some of the Academy's treasured gems and minerals, and visiting the aquarium’s life support systems. The Platinum Tour also includes express entry into the building, VIP access to the four-story rainforest exhibit, reserved planetarium seating, and general admission. Available daily at 10am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm (excluding the third Wednesday of each month). $99 per person (general admission included); purchase tickets in advance online at https://www.calacademy.org/tours, or by calling 415.379.8000; California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
NightLife VIP Tour (Ages 21 +)
Every Thursday 6-8:00pm

For an enhanced NightLife experience, join us on a NightLife VIP Tour. The one-hour behind-the-scenes tour includes a closer look at the unique native species of California’s largest living roof, a private viewing of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection, and interaction with Academy researchers. In addition to the tour, guests receive VIP access to the Rainforests of the World exhibit, reserved planetarium show seats, and an open bar in a reserved cocktail area prior to the tour. 6:00- 8: 00pm (building closes at 10:00 pm); available every Thursday during NightLife. $59 per person (NightLife admission included); purchase tickets in advance online at http://www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife, or by calling 415.379.8000; California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
After-Hours Wine and Dine Tour
Every Sunday at 6pm

Explore the Academy and its world class exhibits after it is closed to the public, and enjoy a delicious three course dinner designed by renowned chef and restaurateur Loretta Keller in the Moss Room. Begin with a wine reception, take a one-hour private tour of the Academy, and then sit down with your party for a special dinner in the Moss Room. This after-hours tour is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, entertaining guests, special occasions or simply a relaxing evening with family and friends. 6:00pm; available every Sunday. $159 per person (dinner included); purchase tickets in advance online at https://www.calacademy.org/tours, or by calling 415.379.8000; California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
Self-guided Multimedia Tour
Daily during standard hours

This self-guided audio-visual tour is a great way to explore the Academy with more information at your fingertips. Visit the Guest Services desk in the lobby after you have entered the building. Tours are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Available daily, no reservations required; $7 per person; California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.