Press Release

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

What's On in October 2010 at the California Academy of Sciences
Events & Lectures, including SuperNatural Halloween festivities

OCTOBER EVENTS

New! SANCTUARY IN THE SEA: A GULF OF THE FARALLONES EXPERIENCE
Show debuts Saturday, October 16
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.
 
JOURNEY TO THE STARS PLANETARIUM SHOW
Daily, Proceed to the planetarium entrance upon arrival for the day’s schedule and to get 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.
 
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.
 
EXPLORE THE LIVING ROOF WITH A NATURALIST
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, October 13 and 27 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.
 
BOOKWORMS CLUB: SKINNED, STUFFED, AND STRETCHED
Tuesday, October 19 at 6:30 pm
Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy by Melissa Milgrom

The word “taxidermy” often conjures up images of hunting lodges, dusty dioramas or a beloved Fido, immortalized forever. Milgrom, however, delves into the unusual and sometimes obsessive world of taxidermy, from its Victorian roots with connections to natural history museums, to bizarre art-forms and the World Taxidermy Championship. Join us for a lively discussion of a book that just might change your thinking about stuffed animals. 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, October 20, 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.
 
DRAWING OUR NATURAL WORLD –AGES 8-12, WITH A PARENT
Saturday, October 23, 2010, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Observing the natural world around us is something we do on a daily basis. These creative projects will help young eyes develop a relationship with what they see. What better way to observe, collect and record data than by drawing or painting it (using real pictures and real objects)? By directly observing nature, we develop a relationship and ultimately respect for nature’s inherent beauty. This activity is hands-on for both the child and the parent; each will participate in creating his or her own interpretation of nature. Reservations: $15 for each parent and child pair. Space is limited, and tickets go on sale in late August; to reserve a space, call 800-794-7576. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
 
Don't miss! SuperNatural Halloween at the Academy
This Halloween, the Academy celebrates the “SuperNatural” – that is, the incredible (sometimes spooky) diversity of creatures and phenomena that populate our natural world. Don your costume and join the fun at one of these special October events:

  • SuperNatural Masquerade – all ages
    Friday, October 22, 2010
    Main event 7-9pm

    Trick-or-treat your way through the Academy at night, among “spook-tacular” animals, creepy crawly specimens, and more. Party-goers will enjoy dozens of trick-or-treat stations and hands-on activities throughout the museum. The fun-filled evening also includes magic shows, a giant pumpkin carving demonstration, special dive program, self-guided scavenger hunt, and other family-friendly activities. Tickets are $50 for adults, $35 for children, available at www.calacademy.org/halloween starting September 1, 2010. Proceeds support the Academy’s education and research programs. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco.
     
    Benefactor pre-party 5-7pm
    Before the main SuperNatural Masquerade event begins, Benefactor ticketholders will enjoy a suite of extra “green Halloween” activities and festive performances, including a big cats show featuring exotic felines, live music by the Crunchy Frog Band, and face painting. Dinner will be catered by McCall’s, and this year’s Benefactor pre-party is co-chaired by Nora Gibson and Deirdre Pharr. Benefactor family ticket packages start at $500, and will be available at www.calacademy.org/halloween starting August 23, 2010. Proceeds support the Academy’s education and research programs. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco.
  • A SuperNatural NightLife - for adults ages 21+
    Thursday, October 28, 6-10pm

    Kick off your Halloween in-costume at a SuperNatural edition of the Academy’s weekly NightLife event. Why? Because your fabulous get-up deserves more than one night of glory! In the spirit of Halloween, step into the world of parapsychology with Professor Paranormal, one of the world's leading experts on ghosts and psychic experience. Drop in on one of his tongue-in-cheek psychic shows, check out a giant pumpkin carving demonstration, and groove to ghoulish tunes by DJ Tomas Diablo all night long. NightLife is a weekly event for adults ages 21+, during which guests can dance to some of San Francisco's most popular DJs, enjoy food and cocktails, and mingle with the like-minded while exploring the Academy’s world-class exhibits. Tickets are $12 ($10 Academy members), available now at www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco.
  • SuperNatural Festival – all ages
    Saturday – Sunday, October 30-31

    Get into the Halloween spirit (and your costume) with some daytime SuperNatural fun at the Academy – home to thousands of slithering, crawling creatures, and millions of pickled and preserved specimens. Meet cockroaches, snakes, and other creepy crawly critters during live animal demonstrations, personal encounters, and special feedings. The family fun continues with Academy costume parades, music and surprise performers, and other interactive Halloween-themed programs. Visitors can also embark on a scavenger hunt to discover creepy, crawly, even “costumed” creatures throughout the Academy, and win a prize. SuperNatural Festival activities are included with general admission tickets on Oct. 30-31. Purchase tickets online at www.calacademy.org/tickets, or at the door. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco.

 

OCTOBER LECTURES

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6 at 7:00 pm
Litquake Event with Thomas Seeley & Mark Moffett

Animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley, author of The Honey Bee Democracy, will be joined by entomology researcher Mark Moffett, author of Adventures Among Ants, for an evening talk in conjunction with Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival. 7:00 pm; Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors and Academy members; to reserve a place, visit www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or call 800-794-7576; Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 at 7:00 pm
Leakey Lecture: In Celebration of 50 Years at Gombe
Dr. Anne Pusey, Professor and Chair, Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University

Join the Leakey Foundation and Dr. Anne Pusey in celebration of 50 years of research at Gombe Stream in Tanzania. In 1960, Dr. Louis Leakey sent Jane Goodall to Gombe Stream, where she began her groundbreaking study of chimpanzees in the wild. Dr. Pusey worked for Dr. Goodall in Gombe and has studied chimps there, as well as Japanese monkeys in Japan, and lions in the Serengeti. She is the former director of the Jane Goodall Institute Center for Primate Studies. 7:00 pm; Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, and Academy & Leakey Foundation 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, OCTOBER 26 at 12:30pm and 7:00 pm
Pritzker Lecture: Disaster Medicine: In the Field
Featuring Dr. Matthew Lewin and others

When disasters strike, doctors from around the world take to the field. Doctors from the Bay Area community and UCSF will enlighten us about how they join forces on the ground in response to tragic and unexpected large scale disasters, specifically in Haiti and Guatemala. This talk will be hosted by Matt Lewin MD, PhD who coordinates a wilderness medicine program at the Academy. 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.

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

New! Children’s Adventure Tours (Ages 5+)
10am, check website for schedule

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. 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 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. 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.