Press Release

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

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

JUNE EVENTS

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.
 
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.
 
FRAGILE PLANET PLANETARIUM SHOW
Daily, please check upon arrival for the day’s schedule

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; 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.
 
LAGOON FEEDING
Every Tuesday and Thursday 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.
 
SCIENCE UP-CLOSE
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. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
NIGHTLIFE
Every Thursday, 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 those age 21 and over; a valid ID is required for entry.
 
Highlights in June include a focus on sustainable seafood with the San Francisco Seafood Watch Alliance (June 11), Qool DJs and Science in Action stories (June 18), and a lecture entitled “How Animals Do It” by Jane Tollini (June 25). 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.
 
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. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 
CHILDREN’S STORY TIME – AGES 2-5
Every Saturday at 11:00 am

Children aged 2-5 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.
 
CHILDREN’S STORY TIME – AGES 6+
Every Sunday at 2:00 pm

School-aged children can hear stories and make crafts related to the natural world. Activity takes place in the Naturalist Center. Free with Academy admission; space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
EXPLORE GOLDEN GATE PARK WITH NATURALISTS
Tuesday, June 2, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesday, June 9, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Learn about the Academy’s wild neighbors in Golden Gate Park, the fragile ecosystems where they live, and what can you do to help protect them. For ages 7 and older (children 7-12 must be accompanied by a parent). Participants should wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes for outdoor activities. Meet at the Business Entrance reception desk near the Swamp. Cost is General Admission plus $3. Space is limited to 30 people, and an RSVP is required; to RSVP, call (415) 379-8000. Meet at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
TEENS TALK BOOKS: Underwater Explorations
Saturday, June 6, 11:00 am

Whether facing a great white shark, chasing orcas near Vancouver, or swimming with hordes of hammerheads in the Sea of Cortez, Peter Benchley (author of Jaws) shares his many underwater adventures in the book Shark Life: True Stories about Sharks and the Sea. Join a teenage discussion of Shark Life and its insights into shark biology, safe swimming practices, and ocean conservation. Free with Academy 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 Do Oceans Matter?
An Adult Book Group
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 p
m
In recognition of World Ocean Day (June 8), the adult book group will discuss Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans by noted marine biologist Sylvia Earle. Sea Change is both a plea for ocean conservation and a very personal story of Earle’s lifelong exploration of the deep sea.
Note: Bookworms will not meet in July and August, but will resume in September. Free with Academy admission, 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.
 
NEIGHBORHOOD FREE DAYS (Proof of residency required)
May-June 2009, dates vary by neighborhood

Each San Francisco neighborhood, defined by zip codes, will have two opportunities to visit the Academy for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) in 2009. The first series of weekends is from May 1-June 14, 2009. Neighborhood Free Days is presented by Bank of America. View the full schedule at www.calacademy.org/visit/plan_a_visit/sf_free_days.php. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
WACHOVIA WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, June 17, 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.

THE LIVING ROOF PROJECT
Sunday, June 28, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Become a citizen scientist and help collect data for a long-term monitoring project on the Academy’s living roof. Along the way, learn about the roof’s native plants and animal visitors. For ages 12 and older. Participants should wear clothing for outdoor activities. Meet at the Business Entrance reception desk near the Swamp. Cost is General Admission plus $3. Space is limited to 15 people, so an RSVP is required; to RSVP, call (415) 379-8000. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
EXPLORE THE LIVING ROOF WITH NATURALISTS
Every Monday starting June 22, 3:30 - 4:30 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.

 

JUNE LECTURES

MONDAY, JUNE 1
Dean Lecture
The New Mars: Habitability of a Neighbor World
Featuring David Des Marais, NASA Ames Research Center

Of all the other planets in the solar system, Mars is the one whose past climate most closely resembled the Earth’s. Recent missions have revealed richly fascinating landscapes and important discoveries on Mars. The red planet might have supported life sometime in the past, and perhaps supports life even today. 7:30pm; Purchase tickets in advance by calling 800.794.7576. 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.
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 6
Author Talk
A is for Anaconda: The Imagination of an Artist

Bay Area artist Laura Regan will use her rainforest alphabet book, A is for Anaconda, as a springboard to discuss her creative process and her influences from childhood. A book signing will follow the talk.
1:30 pm; Free with Academy admission; Adults and children ages 6 and older are welcome; reserve a seat by calling (800) 794-7576. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.calacademy.org.
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 9
Pritzker Lecture with Dr. Jane Hightower
Diagnosis: Mercury, Money, Politics, and Poison

A San Francisco physician, Hightower is widely acknowledged as the first doctor in the United States to correlate low-level mercury poisoning in patients with the fish they ate. In this lecture, Hightower will discuss the competing interests, varying government standards, and other hurdles she faced while trying to call attention to the problem of mercury poisoning. 6:30 pm; Admission is $10 for non-member adults, $8 for non-member seniors, and free for members. Seating is limited. Reserve a seat or purchase lecture tickets by calling (800) 794-7576 or online at www.calacademy.org/events. Tickets for admission to the rest of the Academy are separate and optional. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.calacademy.org.