Press Release

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

What's On in January 2011 at the California Academy of Sciences
Events & Lectures

JANUARY EVENTS

Last chance! ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SCIENCE – final day is January 2
Step into an Arctic wonderland where you can meet live reindeer, crawl into an igloo, see the Northern Lights, and learn how polar bears and their neighbors survive the harsh winter. Young visitors can also meet "Santa Claude," the Academy's lovable alligator character, who will get into the holiday spirit with a Santa hat and scarf. Holiday music and dance performances, indoor snow flurries, and a hot chocolate cart will complete the festive atmosphere. Encounters with Arctic specimens and the scientists who study them will offer a delightful new take on celebrating the blustery holiday season. 'Tis the Season for Science activities are included with general admission tickets. Purchase tickets online at www.calacademy.org/holidays, or at the door. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco.
 
LIFE: A COSMIC STORY
Daily, proceed to the planetarium entrance upon arrival to get your show passes.

How did life on Earth begin? This tantalizing question forms the basis of Morrison Planetarium's newest show, narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster. Begin your journey by “shrinking” down to enter a single redwood leaf, and discover that all life on Earth shares a common ancestry. Then, travel through time to witness key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life. Along the way, you will see two scenarios for the dawn of life on early Earth, and discover how our planet has changed since those microscopic beginnings. 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.
 
New! LITTLE LEARNERS LAB (Ages 3-5)
Sunday, January 9 and 23, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Introducing a special new program designed for some of our youngest learners in the Early Explorers Cove. Come be a scientist-in-training and join us for fun hands-on-experiments! 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.
 
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
Daily at 1:00 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.
 
SANCTUARY IN THE SEA: A GULF OF THE FARALLONES EXPERIENCE
Daily, proceed to the Forum Theater on Level 2 to get your show passes

Discover the beauty, diversity and history of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, an isolated haven for sea birds, seals, and white sharks, right off the coast of San Francisco. Through the eyes of Ron Elliot, an urchin diver turned videographer, audiences will witness this fragile ecosystem’s transformation from exploited hunting ground to protected sanctuary in this short film. 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 at 3:00 pm

Learn about the Academy’s 2.5-acre living roof and the diversity of birds and insects that visit its 1.7 million native plants daily. 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.
 
SHARKS & RAYS
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 11:15 am

Learn more about the Mangrove Lagoon’s shallow reef residents and watch a feeding on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
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 songs, chants, and items like felt boards, 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.
 
NIGHTLIFE – AGES 21 +
Thursday, January 13, 20, and 27 from 6:00 to 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. 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.
 
SPECIMEN SPOTLIGHT
Every Friday at 2:15 pm

Each week, get to know a different specimen during a short presentation 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.
 
P IS FOR PENGUIN — AGES 12 and under
Every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 pm

In this program specifically designed for children ages 12 and under, learn about Pierre, Howard, Ocio, and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Play a fun spelling game and learn the 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 PROGRAM
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 at 11:00 am

Get creative with nature-themed craft projects designed for families with children aged 4 to 8. 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.
 
CHAT WITH AN ACADEMY SCIENTIST – AGES 10+
Wednesday, January 12 and 26 at 1:30pm

Meet a different scientist each month and learn about their past discoveries, recent expeditions, and current research. Takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. 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.
 
FREE WEDNESDAYS
Wednesday, January 19, 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.
 
Note: The Rainforests of the World exhibit will be closed for maintenance from January 3-18. We apologize for any inconvenience.

JANUARY LECTURES

MONDAY, JANUARY 10 at 8pm
Conversations at the Herbst Theater: Kaiulani Lee

Kaiulani Lee performs A Sense of Wonder, followed by a conversation with Dawn Scott. This one-woman play is set during the last year of Rachel Carson’s life. Carson is best known for her book, Silent Spring, which launched the modern environmental movement. 8:00pm; tickets are $20 for non-members, $18 for Academy 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.
 
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12 at 12:30 pm
Expedition Spotlight: Moe Flannery

Learn about the Academy’s local expeditions along the California coastline as part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network from Academy Collections Manager Moe Flannery. 12:30 pm; Free with museum admission; seating is limited - to reserve a place, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576. Forum at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
MONDAY, JANUARY 17 at 7:30 pm
Benjamin Dean Lecture

Check www.caladacemy.org/event_tickets for the latest speaker information for this series of talks by noted scientists in the fields of astronomy and space science. 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, JANUARY 18 at 7:00 pm
Leakey Lecture: Neandertals Deciphered

Featuring Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin, Professor and Director, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Lecture jointly sponsored by the Academy and the Leakey Foundation
Neandertals were the first fossil hominins discovered and, since then, have been the most studied. However, it is only in the last two decades that entirely new techniques have made new and fascinating insights into their biology and behavior possible. Beyond their odd anatomy, we are now able to explore the mechanisms of their birth and growth, the way their brains developed, and the chemical signals left in their bones from their diet. The decoding of their genome has opened a new era in paleoanthropology. Ultimately, understanding the rise and the fall of the Neandertals will help us to elucidate the unrivaled evolutionary success of our own species. 7pm; Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and Academy & Leakey Foundation Members. To reserve a place, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576. Forum at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19 at 6:30pm
Bookworms Book Club: Explorations in Evolution

Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species by Sean B. Carroll
Focusing on the scientists who studied evolution, Remarkable Creatures celebrates the “pursuit and the pleasure of scientific discovery.” This is a book discussion group and participants are strongly encouraged to read the book before attending. Free; to reserve a space, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576. Meet at the Business Reception desk (Middle Drive entrance). California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26 at 12:30pm
Conservation Photography: Clark Miller

See photos depicting the beauty of coral reefs and the marine life that relies upon them. This is a new series that combines photography with an emphasis on nature and conservation. 12:30 pm; Free with museum admission; seating is limited - to reserve a place, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576. Forum at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
MONDAY, JANUARY 31 at 8pm
Conversations at the Herbst Theater: Brian Greene with Roy Eisenhardt

Join author and physicist Brian Greene for a conversation about his upcoming book, The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos. 8:00pm; tickets are $20 for non-members, $18 for Academy 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.

ACADEMY TOURS
For those wishing to enhance their Academy visit, we offer several guided tour options.

Children’s Adventure Tours (Ages 5+)
10am Daily

Treat the kids to a special day at the Academy by signing up for a new Children’s Adventure Tour. The Aquarium Adventure Tour explores coral reefs, lungfish, flashlight fish, and many other fascinating species, and even includes a visit to the aquarium’s prep kitchen, where the animals’ food is prepared each day. Each hour-long interactive tour includes general admission to the Academy for the entire day, VIP access to the Rainforests of the World exhibit, and a commemorative gift. A private animal encounter is included on Saturdays and Sundays. 10am; tours are for children ages 5 and up, and there must be an adult chaperone to every group of up to three children; $44.95 per adult, $29.95 per child. Discounted group rates available. For dates, availability, and tickets, visit www.calacademy.org/tours or call 415.379.8000. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
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 and hors d’oeuvres 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 unlike anything else in San Francisco, great for celebrating birthdays or anniversaries, entertaining guests, special occasions, or simply a relaxing evening with family and friends. Every third Sunday, a specialty liquor is featured in place of wine. Check the website for details. 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.