Press Release

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

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

MAY 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 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
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.
 
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, 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 2:15 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.
 
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 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: Underwater Explorations
Saturday, May 2, 11:00 am

This month, the Academy’s teen book group will read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne. A mysterious sea creature is terrorizing the seas, causing damage to several ships. The United States government organizes an expedition led by a leading French marine biologist, Professor Pierre Aronnax, to find the creature and destroy it. The creature, which turns out to be a submarine manned by the eccentric Capitan Nemo, attacks the expedition’s ship and takes its survivors captive. They end up going on a year-long journey exploring the wonders of the seas. Join us for a lively discussion of this science-fiction classic that was first published in 1870. 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: Parrots in Belize
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 pm

This month, the Academy’s adult book group will read The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, by Bruce Barcott. What can one individual do to save a threatened population? When zookeeper Sharon Matola learned that a dam would be built that would flood the nesting ground of the only scarlet macaws in Belize, she took up the cause. Barcott's account of her battle ranges from boardroom to courtroom and from the local village to protests around the world. Join other adults for a discussion of one woman's quest and the lessons it may offer for environmentalists everywhere. 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.
 
DEEP FLIGHT SUBMERSIBLE UNVEILED
May 13 – 17, On display during museum hours

Before his newest submersible makes its maiden voyage in Monterey Bay, local engineer and inventor Graham Hawkes will unveil the Deep Flight Super Falcon to the public at the Academy this week. Looking more like an airplane than a submarine, the Super Falcon’s thin body soars underwater with the help of two sets of wings and two tail fins. The craft can stay underwater for up to five hours, dive to 1,500 feet below the sea’s surface, and travel at speeds up to 6 knots, making it a valuable tool for ocean exploration. Hawkes will talk about this sleek new member of his fleet at the May 14 NightLife event. Submersible viewing is free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
WACHOVIA WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, May 20, 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.

 

MAY LECTURES

MONDAY, MAY 4
Dean Lecture
Are We Alone? We Don’t Know, but We’re Trying to Find Out

Throughout recorded history, humans have looked at the sky and wondered whether life exists elsewhere. Today, new observational tools allow humans to conduct experiments that shed light on the problem. This lecture summarizes the scientific exploration for extraterrestrial intelligence, and highlights the newest telescopes that may provide an answer. 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, MAY 19
Darwin and the Descent of the Emotionally Modern Man
Lecture jointly presented with the Leakey Foundation

Sarah Hrdy, Professor Emerita at UC Davis, will discuss when and how emotionally modern humans emerged. According to widely accepted chronology, anatomically modern humans evolved around 150,000 years ago, and behaviorally modern humans, capable of symbolic thought and language, emerged 50,000-80,000 years ago. But Hrdy argues that emotionally modern humans, newly interested in the mental and subjective states of others and inclined to give and share, emerged in the genus Homo far earlier, perhaps 1.8 million years ago. 7:00 pm; Admission is $10 for non-member adults, $8 for Academy and Leakey members, seniors. Purchase tickets by calling (800) 794-7576. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.calacademy.org.
 
TUESDAY, MAY 26
Author Talk
Islands of San Francisco Bay

From Alcatraz and Angel Island to the Sisters and Brothers, join photographer James Martin for an illustrated talk on the islands in San Francisco Bay.
3:00 pm; Free with Academy admission; Reserve a seat by calling (800) 794-7576. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.calacademy.org.
 
TUESDAY, MAY 26
Conversations at the Herbst Theater featuring James Hansen in conversation with Mark Hertsgaard

Join James Hansen, Head of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and adjunct professor in the Earth & Environmental Sciences department at Columbia University, in conversation with journalist and author Mark Hertsgaard. Hansen has written several books and numerous scientific papers on climate change and maintains that by dealing directly with the causes, we will benefit from cleaner air and water as well as growth of high-tech industries. 8pm; tickets are $20 for non-members, $18 for members. 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.