Press Release

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

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

MARCH 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 FAMILY PROGRAM
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.
 
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, March 5, 6–10 pm

During the March 5th NightLife, the Rainforests of the World exhibit will be closed for scheduled maintenance.  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, March 12, 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.
 
WACHOVIA WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, March 18, 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, March 19, 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, March 26, 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.

 
MARCH LECTURES

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2009
Darwin Series Lecture
Charles Darwin and the Heyday of Natural History

This event features John Dillon, a lecturer on the history of science at University Extensions at UC Berkeley, SF State, and Stanford University. Never has the status of science and scientists been held in higher esteem and never has the public taken a greater personal interest in natural history than in the mid-19th century when Charles Darwin was developing his revolutionary insights. During this heyday, no middle-class home was without its display of sea shells, butterflies, or stuffed birds—the home aquarium became fashionable, nature guides were bestsellers, and the first dinosaur theme park was built. Most of today’s great public science museums, including the California Academy of Sciences, were founded amid this enchantment with natural history. John Dillon will examine the irony of how Darwin’s work was nurtured by this heyday, yet hastened its demise. 12:15pm; free with General Admission, but an RSVP is required as seating is limited and fills up quickly. To RSVP, call 415-379-5494. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009
Darwin Series Lecture
Collecting Evolution: The Untold Story of Darwin's Vindication by the 1905-06 Galapagos Expedition of the California Academy of Sciences

Join Matthew James, Ph.D., Professor of Paleontology and Chair of the Department of Geology at Sonoma State University, and learn more about the 89-foot schooner Academy that set sail in June 1905 and collected some 75,000 biological specimens from the Galapagos over 17 months. Matthew James will examine the historical background of the expedition, the lives of the scientists on board, why Darwin went to the Galapagos in 1835 on board the HMS Beagle, and the lasting significance of the 1905-06 expedition today with regard to species conservation and DNA studies.
12:15pm; free with General Admission, but an RSVP is required as seating is limited and fills up quickly. To RSVP, call 415-379-5494. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009
Bookworms (an adult book group): What did Darwin learn on the Beagle?

Charles Darwin spent almost five years on the H.M.S. Beagle journeying around the world. His book, The Voyage of the Beagle, is a travel memoir, an adventure story, and a scientific primer. In it Darwin observed nature and began to shape his thinking on evolution. Join us for discussion of the book focusing on Chapters, 1-4, 8-9 and 17. 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.
 
MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009
Dean Lecture
Iconic Images from the Hubble Space Telescope: Their Meaning for Astronomy and for Humanity

Dr. Sandra Faber of the University of California, Santa Cruz will tour the Universe with the most beautiful and notable images from the Hubble Space Telescope. She will use these as a springboard to discuss the impact that modern astronomical images have had on the thinking about the history, role, and future of the human species in the Universe. 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.
 
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2009
Teens Talk Books: Can you be Both Scientific and Religious?

Join us for a discussion of the book Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande targeted to teens age 13-18. Mena was looking forward to starting high school—new friends, new teachers, new adventures. Instead she quickly finds herself shunned by her old friends and parents as she becomes embroiled in the evolution versus intelligent design debate. 11:00am; 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.
 
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
Pritzker Lecture
Darwin, Dover and Intelligent Design

Dr. Kevin Padian, Professor, Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley, and Curator of Paleontology, UC Museum of Paleontology, will discuss the science and strategy of the trial, and what's next for "intelligent design." Dr. Padian was an expert witness in the 2005 Pennsylvania trial, Kitzmiller vs. Dover, that ruled against the teaching of intelligent design in public schools. 12:15 pm and 6:30 pm; 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.
 
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009
Conversations at the Herbst Theater featuring Paul Ehrlich in conversation with Healy Hamilton

Paul Ehrlich, President of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, and Healy Hamilton, Director of the Center for Biodiversity Research at the California Academy of Sciences, will discuss conservation biology and coevolution. Ehrlich’s work includes The Dominant Animal, One with Nineveh, and The Population Bomb.
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.