Press Release

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

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

NEW! Utilize the Intra-Park Shuttle on your next weekend visit to Golden Gate Park, and avoid parking congestion. All-day tickets are $2, and the shuttles operate from 9 am – 6 pm Saturdays & Sundays year-round. Visit http://www.calacademy.org/visit/getting_here/summershuttle.pdf for a route map.

OCTOBER 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

This 25-minute film is a remarkable foray into the insect life of Borneo. Using immersive 3D technology, 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.
 
RAPTORS AT THE ACADEMY
Ongoing, 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. As conditions permit, birds will be brought out for visitors to see on a daily basis. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
EXPLORE THE LIVING ROOF WITH NATURALISTS
Every Monday, 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.
 
LAGOON 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.
 
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. 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, 6:00–10:00 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. Highlights in October include special presentations by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Academy’s Dean of Research, David Mindell. NightLife is for those age 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 ADVENTURES – 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.
 
BOOKWORMS: Randomness, Chance, and Probability
An Adult Book Group
Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 pm
The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow

What role do numbers play in people’s daily lives? How does one interpret chance events and how do they impact future behavior in a particular situation? How reliable or unreliable are wine ratings, political polls, and school grades? Physicist Mlodinow’s book on predictability—or the lack thereof—is sure to challenge some of your views. 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.
 
EXPLORE SCIENCE!
Wednesday, October 14 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 second Wednesday of the month. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
FREE THIRD WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, October 21, 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.
 
GREEN HALLOWEEN
Friday, October 23
5:00 – 6:30 pm Benefactor Pre-Party
6:30 – 8:30 pm Halloween Costume Party
Note: The Academy will close to the public at 3:00 pm on this day.

Creep, crawl, slither and slink from the rainforest canopy to the coral reef. Spooktacular activities, entertainment, crafts, and fun for your entire family. Face-to-face encounters with Academy scientists and their fascinating collections, plus surprises galore. Proceeds support the Academy’s education and research programs. Visit www.calacademy.org/halloween for additional details and to purchase tickets. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-5411.
 
CREEPY CRAWLY WEEK
October 24 – November 1, 2009, during regular museum hours

In honor of Halloween, face your fears and join the Academy’s naturalists for lessons about creepy-crawly critters, including tarantulas, scorpions, snakes, and alligators. A special scavenger hunt will help visitors track down some of the creepiest critters in the building. Additionally, daily programs will allow you to meet—and sometimes touch—these traditionally frightening animals. You may even learn that they’re not as scary as you think! A celebration for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) will wrap the week’s festivities on November 1. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
THINGS THAT SCARE THE STAFF
Throughout October

Throughout the month of October, check out some of the scariest specimens in the Academy’s research collections. Hand-picked by the museum’s scientists, these specimens will be on display near the public Research Lab, and include such chill-inducing species as the Death’s Head hawkmoth—the skull-patterned moth featured in Silence of the Lambs. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

OCTOBER LECTURES

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19
Dean Lecture
High-Energy Sources in Space
Featuring Dr. Lynn Cominsky, Sonoma State University

Dr. Cominsky will discuss her research on high-energy sources in space, particularly gamma-ray bursts, pulsars, and active galactic nuclei. 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.
 
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20
Pritzker Lecture
Research in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Speaker to be announced

This past summer, the Academy debuted the first ever webcam on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more about these islands and the surrounding waters off the coast of San Francisco, and what the latest research is revealing. 12:15 pm and 6:30 pm; Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, members free. To purchase tickets, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or 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.