Press Release

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

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

SEPTEMBER 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.
 
PLANETARIUM SHOW
Daily, Proceed to the planetarium entrance upon arrival for the day’s schedule and to pick up your passes.

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.
 
  • Fragile Planet
    Ends Friday, September 25

    Leave Planet Earth behind as you fly to the farthest reaches of the Universe in this 30-minute show. Begin your voyage at the Academy, lift off through the atmosphere to gain an astronaut’s view of Earth, then travel to the Moon, Mars, and beyond to search for habitats that might support life. Note: After September 25, Fragile Planet will continue to be shown at the weekly NightLife events.
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  • Journey to the Stars
    Starts Saturday, September 26

    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.

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    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, 6–10 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. September will include programs sponsored by the 11th Hour Project. 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. Effective for NightLife events September 3, 2009 and beyond, admission will be $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 2-5 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.
     
    EXPLORE SCIENCE!
    Wednesday, September 9, 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.
     
    BOOKWORMS
    An Adult Book Group
    Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 pm

    This month’s book selection is The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier. Join a discussion of Angier’s primer on scientific topics, ranging from thinking scientifically to geology, astronomy, and evolutionary biology. A New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Angier asked scientists, “What do you wish everyone knew about your field?” The results are in The Canon. Meet at the Business Reception Desk off the Middle Drive entrance. Free; space is limited, to reserve a space starting 8/10/09, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
     
    WACHOVIA WEDNESDAY
    Wednesday, September 16, 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. 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. www.calacademy.org.
     
    CELEBRATE THE NEW ACADEMY’S ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
    Saturday, September 26, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday, September 27, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    It’s hard to believe that one year has passed since the Academy opened its new building in Golden Gate Park. In that time, dozens of baby animals were born in the aquarium, thousands of flowers blossomed on the living roof, and two million visitors walked through the front doors. Celebrate this amazing first year with a weekend of festivities, which will include nature crafts, musical performances, a new planetarium show, and live animal programs featuring large cats and birds. Check www.calacademy.org/events for details. Anniversary weekend festivities are presented by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
     

    SEPTEMBER LECTURES

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
    Dean Lecture
    The Voyager Journey to Interstellar Space
    Featuring Dr. Edward Stone, California Institute of Technology

    Launched in 1977 to explore Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, the two Voyager spacecraft revealed the remarkable diversity of these giant planetary systems. Now eight to ten billion miles from Earth, the Voyagers are exploring the outermost layer of the bubble created by the Sun as they continue their journey to interstellar space. 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, SEPTEMBER 22
    Pritzker Lecture
    Gorillas in the Mix and the Great Animal Orchestra
    Featuring Dr. Bernie Krause, Wild Sanctuary

    Every living organism produces sound. This presentation will focus on the symbiotic ways in which the sounds of one organism affect and interrelate with other organisms, local and regional, within a given habitat. Learn about unusual soundscapes and their relevance to preserving natural sounds worldwide. Biophony—the notion that all sounds in undisturbed natural habitats fit into unique niches, much like the instruments in an orchestra—will be used to illustrate the ways in which animals taught humans to dance and sing. 12:15 pm and 6:30 pm; Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, members free. To purchase a ticket starting 8/10/09, 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.