Press Release

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

What's On in April 2010 at the California Academy of Sciences
Events & Lectures

APRIL EVENTS

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
April 17-25, 2010

Although every day is Earth Day at the Academy, the 40th anniversary of the official Earth Day designation provides an exceptional reason to celebrate. Special activities planned are listed below; check www.calacademy.org in April for additional details. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.

  • Earth Day Programs (April 17-25): A wide range of daily activities and animal presentations will feature fun facts and tips about protecting our planet.
  • Fragile Planet (April 17-25): Enjoy Morrison Planetarium’s inaugural show, Fragile Planet, as it returns for a one-week engagement. Details below.
  • Earth Day at NightLife (April 22): Celebrate our extreme home, Earth – the only planet known to support life – during an eco-themed NightLife event from 6-10pm.
  • Family Explorations of Golden Gate Park (April 24-25): Join an Academy Naturalist outdoors and learn about our wild neighbors, the ecosystems where they live and what you can do to help protect them. Details below.

 

EXTENDED SPRING BREAK HOURS
March 27 – April 4, 2010

The Academy will stay open until 6:30 pm on these dates (normal closing time on other dates is 5:00 pm). Regular admission rates apply. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
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 1:00 pm and 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.
 
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
    April 17-25: Special Earth Day Engagement

    Leave Planet Earth behind as you fly to the farthest reaches of the Universe in this 30-minute show. Begin your voyage on Earth, lift off through the atmosphere to gain an astronaut's view of the planet, then travel to the Moon, Mars, and beyond to search for habitats that might support life.
  • Journey to the Stars
    April 1-16, and 26-30

    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.

 

LIVE BIRDS OF PREY
Tuesday – Thursday at 2:00 pm, as conditions permit

Visit the Academy Mews in the West Garden, home to rescued birds of prey including a Barn Owl, Swainson’s Hawk, and Turkey Vulture. Learn about these magnificent raptors from a biologist providing their daily care. 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 A NATURALIST
Every Monday, 3:00 - 4:00 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.
 
SHARK & RAY 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.
 
CHAT WITH AN ACADEMY SCIENTIST – AGES 10+
Wednesday, April 14 at 1:30 pm: Kendra Hauser, Academy Roof Landscaper

Wednesday, April 28 at 1:30 pm: Alan Good, Academy Roof LandscaperAcademy scientists explore every corner of the globe, studying the diversity of life and how to protect it. Meet a different scientist each month and learn about their past discoveries, recent expeditions, and current research. Free with Academy admission. Science in Action exhibit (level 1) at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
NIGHTLIFE – AGES 21 +
Every Thursday from 6:00 to 10:00 pm

In April, NightLife gets “extreme” in celebration of the opening of our newest exhibit, Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time, running from April 3 – September 12, 2010. Highlights include a Yuri’s Night party with extreme robots (4/8); a celebration of our extreme home, Earth – the only planet known to support life (Earth Day, 4/22); and tales about white sharks, of one of the ocean’s most extreme predators (4/29). 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 ages 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.
 
ANIMAL TALES – AGES 2-5
Every Thursday and Saturday at 11:00 am

Children ages 2-5 and their parents or caregivers are invited to the Early Explorers Cove to listen to tales about nature, science, and the wonderful world around us. Stories come to life with puppets, felt boards, songs, chants, rhythm sticks, and natural specimens. 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.
 
SPECIMEN SPOTLIGHT
Every Friday 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.
 
PENGUIN SHOW & TELL — AGES 12 and under
Every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 pm

A chance to meet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony, specifically designed for children ages 12 and under. Learn more about these amazing birds by playing a fun spelling bee game and learning the special mystery word of the day. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
LIVE SNAKE DEMONSTRATION
Every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm

See a live snake handled by one of the Academy's expert staff and learn about its amazing attributes and role in its natural ecosystem. A variety of snake species are featured from week to week. Come learn more about these often misunderstood reptiles. Free with Academy admission. 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 STORY ADVENTURES – AGES 6-10
Every Sunday at 2:30 pm

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.
 
BOOKWORM CLUB: The Big Chill
Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30 pm

Featuring “Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places,” by Bill Streever
Join the group for a frosty discussion of Streever’s account of a year in the world’s coldest places. Learn more about what cold is, why it is important and how scientists reconstruct the climates of the past. Participants are encouraged to read the book before coming. Free; to reserve a space, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576. Meet at the Business Reception desk (off of Middle Drive E.). California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
FREE WEDNESDAYS
brought to you by The Bernard Osher Foundation
Wednesday, April 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. Please note that final entry to the museum on free days is 4 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
 
FAMILY EXPLORATIONS OF GOLDEN GATE PARK – AGES 5+
In honor of Earth Day 2010
Saturday, April 24, 9:30 – 11:30 am: Wild Woodlands
Sunday, April 25, 9:30 – 11:30 am: Water Wonders at Stow Lake

Bring your family to learn about our wild neighbors, the ecosystems where they live and what you can do to help protect them. On Saturday, explore the oak woodland in Golden Gate Park. Take a closer look at the fascinating world of plants through fun hands-on activities, and learn about the importance of maintaining biodiversity in our parks, and the controversial issue of native versus invasive species. On Sunday, join us for an exploration of Stowe Lake, an important freshwater ecosystem in Golden Gate Park. Learn about aquatic food chains through hands-on activities and fun educational games. Find out about the latest water-related issues the Bay Area is facing and what you can do help. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes for outdoor activities. Reservations required, call 415-379-8000 (press 0 for a reservation representative). Limited space available. Meet at the Business Entrance. $10 per person, $8 for members. Does not include admission to the museum.

APRIL LECTURES

MONDAY, APRIL 12 at 7:30 pm
Dean Lecture
Fascinating New Phenomena in the World of Supernovae
Featuring Dr. David Pooley, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Supernovae, the explosions of massive stars, have been recorded and studied for thousands of years, but they remained mysterious until the era of modern astronomy in the past century. New search techniques have led to the discovery of the brightest supernovae ever seen, including one that has stayed bright longer than any other known supernova and which may be indicative of a never-before-seen type of explosion that only the most massive stars experience. Dr. Pooley will briefly review the general phenomena of supernovae and then discuss these new, state-of-the-art observations. 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.
 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14 at 8:00 pm
Conversations at the Herbst Theatre
Louann Brizendine, in conversation with Michael Krasny

Neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine follows up her New York Times best-selling book, The Female Brain, with The Male Brain. She is a practicing clinician, best-selling author, public speaker and media commentator who specializes in the relationship dynamics that result from the neurobiology of male and female brains. 8pm; tickets are $20 for non-members, $18 for members. Series tickets also available. 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.
 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 at 12:30pm
Expedition Spotlight: São Tomé, featuring Dr. Bob Drewes and Roberta Ayres

Dr. Drewes is the curator of herpetology and Roberta Ayres serves as co-manager of the Naturalist Center. Fresh from the field, they will talk about their recent expedition to São Tomé. One of two islands forming a single nation off the western equatorial coast of Africa and more than 17 million years old, São Tomé may be the last undisturbed paradise on earth. This sparsely inhabited island is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. 12:30pm; Free with Academy admission, but RSVP is required since seating is limited. Visit www.calacademy.org/events/, or call 800-794-7576 to RSVP. Education classroom at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
 
MONDAY, APRIL 26 at 7:00 pm
Pritzker Lecture
San Francisco Bay Area Regional Climate Strategy
Featuring Steve Goldbeck, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Steve Goldbeck, Deputy Director at the San Francisco BCDC, will detail the profound impacts that sea level rise caused by global warming will have on this region and what strategies we should adopt to address the issues. 7:00 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. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
TUESDAY, APRIL 27 at 8:00 pm
Conversations at the Herbst Theatre
Andrew Revkin, in conversation with Healy Hamilton

An award-winning journalist for The New York Times, Andrew C. Revkin reports on the global environment in print and on his New York Times blog. Dot Earth focuses on the projection that by 2050 or so, the world population is expected to reach nine billion people. 8pm; tickets are $20 for non-members, $18 for members. Series tickets also available. 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.
 

ACADEMY TOURS
For those wishing to enhance their Academy visit, we offer several guided tour options,
and a self-guided audio tour.

Platinum Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Available Daily

Go beyond the public exhibit spaces for an all access, exclusive, up-close-and-personal look at the greenest museum on Earth. Tour highlights include stepping into a working lab and interacting with Academy researchers, viewing of some of the Academy's treasured gems and minerals, and visiting the aquarium’s life support systems. The Platinum Tour also includes express entry into the building, VIP access to the four-story rainforest exhibit, reserved planetarium seating, and general admission for the entire day. Available daily; $99 per person (general admission included); purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/tours, or by calling 415.379.8000; California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
NightLife VIP Tour (Ages 21 +)
Every Thursday 6-8:00pm

For an enhanced NightLife experience, join us on a NightLife VIP Tour. The one-hour behind-the-scenes tour includes a closer look at the unique native species of California’s largest living roof, a private viewing of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection, and interaction with Academy researchers. In addition to the tour, guests receive VIP access to the Rainforests of the World exhibit, reserved planetarium show seats, and an open bar in a reserved cocktail area prior to the tour. 6:00- 8:00pm (building closes at 10:00 pm); available every Thursday during NightLife. $59 per person (NightLife admission included); purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife, or by calling 415.379.8000; California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
After-Hours Wine and Dine Tour
Every Sunday at 6pm

Explore the Academy and its world class exhibits after it is closed to the public, and enjoy a delicious three course dinner designed by renowned chef and restaurateur Loretta Keller in the Moss Room. Begin with a wine reception, take a one-hour private tour of the Academy, and then sit down with your party for a special dinner in the Moss Room. This after-hours tour is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, entertaining guests, special occasions or simply a relaxing evening with family and friends. 6:00pm; available every Sunday. $159 per person (dinner included); purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/tours, or by calling 415.379.8000; California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
Self-guided Multimedia Tour
Available Daily

This self-guided audio-visual tour is a great way to explore the Academy with more information at your fingertips. Visit the Guest Services desk in the lobby after you have entered the building. Tours are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Available daily, no reservations required; $7 per person; California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.