Press Release

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

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

NOVEMBER EVENTS

New! LIFE: A COSMIC STORY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Opens November 6, 2010
Daily, proceed to the planetarium entrance upon arrival for the day’s schedule and to get your passes.

How did life on Earth begin? This tantalizing question forms the basis of Morrison Planetarium's newest show. 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! CALIFORNIA SPOTLIGHT
Daily at 12:00 pm

Throughout history, California has been home to some of the most unique landscapes and amazing wildlife found in North America. Join us in the Altered State: Climate Change in California exhibit for a special look at some of these animals, including the grizzly, the mountain lion, and the condor. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
New! SANCTUARY IN THE SEA: A GULF OF THE FARALLONES EXPERIENCE
Daily, Proceed to the Forum Theater on Level 2 to get your 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, just 28 miles off the coast of San Francisco. Through the eyes of Ron Elliott, 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.
 
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
Weekends at 2:00 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.
 
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. 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.
 
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.
 
SHARKS & RAYS
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 am
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.
 
CHAT WITH AN ACADEMY SCIENTIST – AGES 10+
Wednesday, November 10 and 24 at 1:30 pm

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.
 
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 puppets, 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 +
Every Thursday 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 11:30 am

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 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 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.
 
MEET THE AUTHOR: BETTY-ANN KISSILOVE
Saturday, November 6, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Traverse the universe with Kissilove as she informally discusses her new book about our cosmic journey, titled Great Ball of Fire! A Poetic Telling of the Universe Story. Through a blending of science and art, explore the history of our planet and the evolution of life as we know it. Learn more about how this book can engage young people and adults in key concepts related to evolution. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. 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.
 
PENGUINS + PAJAMAS SLEEPOVER (Kids ages 6+ and their adult chaperones)
Saturday, November 13 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 am

Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Starting this summer, kids can camp out for a night at the California Academy of Sciences—and see the museum in a whole new light. Explore the museum with during an after-hours sleepover that includes a penguin talk, planetarium show, and story time with cookies and milk. Tickets $119 per person ($99 for Academy members), available at www.calacademy.org/sleepovers. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
 
GIRL SCOUT PATCH PROGRAM: LIVING ECO-WISE
Saturday, November 13, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Explore what makes the Academy the greenest museum in the world -- from our reused blue jean insulation to our amazing Living Roof covered with native plants. Increase your eco-awareness doing fun activities and games, such as making your own recycled art masterpiece and creating your own pesticide watch card. Program is designed for girls in grades 4-5; must be a registered Girl Scout to attend. One adult chaperone is required for every 8 girls. If attending the program individually, girls under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $24.95 per person, which includes daily admission to the Academy and participation patch. Capacity is limited, register by calling (415) 379-8000. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.calacademy.org.
 
BOOKWORMS CLUB: LIVING GREEN IN THE CITY
Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30 pm
Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability by David Owen

Join in a lively discussion of Owen’s premise that cities, especially densely packed and compact cities like New York, are the way to live a more sustainable life. 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.
 
FREE WEDNESDAYS
Wednesday, November 17, 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.
 

NOVEMBER LECTURES

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1 at 7:30 pm
Benjamin Dean Lecture: Determining the Age of the Universe
George V. Coyne, S.J., Vatican Observatory

Assuming that the Universe originated in a Big Bang, one can imagine various ways in which we could measure the time elapsed since the Big Bang occurred. Rev. Coyne will describe a number of approaches and techniques for measuring the Universe’s age, and explain which ones are doable and which technique is a proven one. 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, NOVEMBER 3 at 12:30 pm
Expedition Spotlight: Assassin Spiders from Around the World
Hannah Wood, California Academy of Sciences, U.C. Berkeley

Join arachnologist Hannah Wood as she talks about her field expeditions to Madagascar and other remote places in the world. They may be small, but assassin spiders are among the most dangerous spiders on the planet - if you're another spider, that is. A classic example of convergent evolution, Wood's findings suggest that the need to strike out at prey from a distance encouraged the evolution of extended spider body parts on more than one occasion. 12:30pm; free with Museum admission. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576. Forum Gallery at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 from 9am – 12pm
Bioforum - Human Evolution: Investigating Our Origins

Science is always evolving. New discoveries shape our current understanding of human evolutionary milestones such as bipedalism, the use of tools, dietary adaptation, changing body shapes and sizes, and life history. Join us to reflect on the roots of humanity as we explore key early hominin adaptations and their evolution through time. Speakers include: Zeray Alemseged, Adrienne Zihlman, Tanya Smith and Teresa Steele. Complimentary coffee & tea available at 8:30 am. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; tickets are $30 adults, $25 members. To reserve a place, visit www.calacademy.org/teachers/tickets/bioforum, or call 800-794-7576. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 at 12:30 and 7:00 pm
Pritzker Lecture: Ecosystem Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster
Dr. Peter Roopnarine, Curator of Geology, California Academy of Sciences

Dr. Roopnarine will present early results of a study of the impact of the Gulf oil spill on marine life there, particularly the mollusks. The techniques used can also be applied to a variety of questions ranging from evolutionary biology to drought in the southwest. 12:30 pm and 7:00 pm; Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, free for members; to reserve a place, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576; The Forum at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 at 12:30 pm
Author Talk: Christopher Wills
The Darwinian Tourist: Viewing the World through Evolutionary Eyes

Biologist Wills takes us on a series of adventures that demonstrate how ecology and evolution have interacted to create the world we live in. Some of these adventures, like his SCUBA dives in the incredibly diverse Lembeh Strait in Indonesia, or his encounter with a wild wolf cub in western Mongolia, could perhaps be experienced by any reasonably intrepid traveler. Others, like his experience of being hammered by a severe earthquake off the island of Yap while filming manta rays sixty feet under the ocean’s surface, stand far outside the ordinary. 12:30pm; free with Museum admission. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

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.