Press Release

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

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

NOVEMBER EVENTS

(Stay tuned: special 'Tis the Season for Science programs for Nov. 22-Jan. 16
will be announced in December's press release)

LIVE SNAKE PROGRAM
Sat and Sun at 1:00 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.
 
PENGUIN FEEDINGS
Daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 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.
 
SCALES, TAILS, TEETH & MORE
Daily at 11:00 am

Discover the diversity of hunting, eating and locomotion strategies used by snakes and lizards. Having survived for more than 200 million years, squamates (the group snakes and lizards belong to) are among the most successful vertebrates on Earth. 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.
 
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.
 
AMAZING SNAKES OF THE BAY AREA
Monday – Friday at 1:00 pm

Learn about native snakes found in backyards and hiking trails throughout the Bay Area, and the important role they play in balancing their ecosystems. A presenter will introduce live snake ambassadors, and explore their habitats and fascinating adaptations for living in local arid and coastal climates. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
LIVE BIRDS OF PREY
Monday - Friday at 2:00 pm, as conditions permit

Get up close and personal with rescued birds of prey including a Barn Owl, Swainson’s Hawk, and Turkey Vulture. Learn about their special hunting strategies from biologists, and keep an eye out this fall for birds migrating south along California’s Pacific flyway. Visit the west garden to 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.
 
CALIFORNIA SPOTLIGHT
Monday – Thursday at 12:30 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.
 
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 on the Living Roof viewing deck. 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

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.
 
NIGHTLIFE – AGES 21 +
Every Thursday from 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night, music, creatures and cocktails come together for NightLife at the Academy. Explore exhibits and aquarium displays while sipping creative cocktails, and let exotic animals from around the world transport you to the tropics, Tibet, and dozens of other remote destinations. Special planetarium shows will take you even farther afield. Each week features a live band or DJ, and a unique theme. 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.
 
SOUNDS OF THE SWAMP
Friday - Monday at 1:30 pm

Learn more about this wetland ecosystem of the Southeast United States and its hidden value as we explore the swamp. Listen to sounds of the inhabitants as we follow the life of the American alligator from hatchling chirps to the booming bellows of mature adults, all beneath the moss-draped limbs of a bald cypress. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Friday – Sunday at 12:30 pm

In November, Planetary Exploration explores how life has been evolving on Earth for billions of years, and how living things adapt in ingenious ways to survive and thrive in various habitats. Using Google Earth to investigate this fascinating story, imagine with us how evolution could play out on other worlds throughout the Universe! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
SPECIMEN SPOTLIGHT
Fridays at 11:30 am

Did you know the Academy is home to more than 26 million specimens?! That’s a lot of fur, feathers, teeth and spines! Join naturalists at the Project Lab as we highlight a different specimen each week. 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.
 
THE SWEET SIDE OF DNA
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what “the essence of life” – DNA – would look like if you held it in the palm of your hand? In the course of this 15-minute program, we will crush up fresh strawberries and extract their DNA in order to see it up close and personal – without the aid of a microscope. During the process, discover why some scientists call DNA the most extraordinary molecule on earth. 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 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. Takes place on Saturdays in the Early Explorers Cove. 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.
 
FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS – AGES 4-8
Every Sunday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Get creative with nature-themed craft projects designed for families with children aged 4 to 8. Takes place between the piazza and Swamp; space is limited, and 10-11am is a members-only hour on Sundays. 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 4-8
Every Sunday at 2:30 pm

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.
 
LITTLE LEARNERS LAB – AGES 3-5
Sunday, November 6 and 20 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Families are invited to have their young learners be scientists-in-training and participate in fun hands-on experiments. Meet in front of the Project Lab on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. 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.
 
CHILDREN OF THE WORLD – AGES 3-5
Thursday, November 3 and 17 at 3:00 pm

This special program highlighting children from around the world features stories, crafts, music and movement. Takes place in the Early Explorers Cove on the first and third Thursday of the month. Free with Academy admission; space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Early Explorer Cove at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
SPROUTS: EXPLORING NATURE’S GARDENS – AGES 3-5
Tuesday, November 8 and 22 at 2:00 pm

Explore a variety of nature’s gardens, including deserts, forests, wetlands and even your own backyard! Activities can include reading books, sprouting seeds or making simple crafts. Takes place in the Early Explorers Cove on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. 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 9 and 23 at 1:30 pm

Meet Academy scientists who study plants, animals, and climate change all around the globe. Join them for a fascinating look at their work to explore the world, discover new life, and help explain Earth’s amazing story. Takes place on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
PENGUINS + PAJAMAS SLEEPOVER (ages 5-17, with adult chaperones)
Saturday, November 12 6:00 pm – 8:00 am

Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Now kids can camp out for a night at the California Academy of Sciences—and see the museum in a whole new light. Sleepovers include after-hours access to Academy exhibits, a special penguin talk, live animal demonstration, planetarium show, story time with cookies and milk, parking, breakfast, and more. New lower pricing takes effect Oct. 1: Tickets $99 per person ($79 for Academy members), available at www.calacademy.org/sleepovers. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
 
TODDLER TREKS – AGES 1-3
Tuesday, November 8 at 11:00 am
Tuesday, November 29 at 11:00 am

Join the Academy’s Early Childhood staff for a caregiver/child participatory program designed especially for children ages 1-3. Each month will feature a different animal that shares our world—all of which can be found in the Bay Area or at the Academy. Participants will use props and their imaginations to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. Please note that November's programs will both be about owls, so participants should register for only one date per month. Tickets are $6 per child, $4 per member child, free to adults with general admission. Note that museum general admission is free for children 3 and under. Space is limited; to reserve a place today, buy a ticket at www.calacademy.org/tickets/toddler_treks/, or over the phone at 415.379.8000. Early Explorers Cove, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
THE ACADEMY SALUTES U.S. MILITARY
October 7 - November 11, 2011

The California Academy of Sciences salutes the U.S. Military by offering free daytime admission to active military personnel from October 7 - November 11, 2011, in honor of their service to our communities and country. To participate, individuals must show a valid military ID at the ticket window. All accompanying family and guests of the active military member will receive a 15% discount on their General Admission tickets. This offer is available at selected military bases (for pre-purchase), online, and at the Academy’s ticket office window during the promotion period. Offer not valid for special events, or NightLife on Thursday nights. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
FREE WEDNESDAYS
Wednesday, November 16, 9:30 am – 5:00 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. www.calacademy.org.
 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Girl Scout Patch Program: Living Eco-Wise Patch
Increase your eco-awareness and discover what makes the Academy the greenest museum in the world in this fun program for Girl Scouts grades 4-5. Must be a Girl Scout to participate. 10 am – noon; tickets are $24.95, including Academy admission. Space is limited, so reserve in advance by calling 415.379.8000.

NOVEMBER LECTURES & WORKSHOPS


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm
The Big C: The Fight Against Cancer
Discussion featuring Susan Desmond-Hellmann MD, MPH, Chancellor of University of California-San
Francisco, and others. Moderated by Thomas Goetz MPH, Executive Editor, Wired

A Bay Area Science Festival Event
Join some of the world's leading cancer researchers for a discussion on the long feared illness and explore the question of how close we really are to understanding and curing cancer, the emperor of maladies.
6 pm; purchase tickets in advance online at http://staging.calacademy.org/dawkins/edit_tmp/www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling 415.379.8000. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. Tickets are $12 for non-member adults, $10 for seniors and Academy members. The Forum at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Will We Ever Understand the Brain?
Featuring David Eagleman, Neuroscientist & Director, Laboratory for Perception and Action, Baylor College of Medicine; and Henry Markram, Director of the Blue Brain Project at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

A Bay Area Science Festival Event
As neuroscientists are learning more and more about our body’s hidden frontier, we have gained fleeting insights into our own intuition, habits and seemingly unexplainable preferences. Can we solve those mysteries by creating a complete computer model of our brain? Or, is the brain an unsolvable puzzle? Two leading neuroscientists discuss these question and more as we look into the neurology of the brain. 7 pm; purchase tickets in advance online at http://staging.calacademy.org/dawkins/edit_tmp/www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling 415.379.8000. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. Tickets are $12 for non-member adults, $10 for seniors and Academy members. African Hall at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Maize, and the Maya Calendar: Maya Astronomy and Enduring Traditions in Mesoamerica
Featuring Dr. Isabel Hawkins, Astronomer, Exploratorium and Doña Maria Ávila Vera, Yucatec Maya Elder

A Benjamin Dean Lecture
Mesoamerica’s great pyramids excite our imagination with images of a fascinating civilization in the distant past, but they also provide a tangible link to the richness and enduring power of Maya culture as expressed by the Maya people today. The infamous year 2012 gains astronomical and cultural significance in a calendar system that connects the Maya, corn, and the zenith passage of the Sun. The presenters will share experiences from recent research trips to Guatemala and Mexico, where they gathered content through the Maya people’s own voice regarding the Calendar system and their cultural practices. 7:30 pm; Purchase tickets in advance online at http://staging.calacademy.org/dawkins/edit_tmp/www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling 415.379.8000. 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, NOVEMBER 8 at 7:00 pm
Communicating Science: Creating a Science Savvy Public

A Soundings from Island Press event at the California Academy of Sciences
With recent events such as oil spills, failing fisheries, bitter debates over climate change, and a controversial new ocean policy, science is increasingly in the public spotlight, yet technical subject matter can be tricky for scientists to convey to journalists, policymakers, or even the general public. Island Press has assembled a panel of communicators (including a scientist) to discuss strategies for talking about science and why it's important to try. Nancy Baron, lead communications trainer for the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS) and author of Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter, will be joined by The Washington Post journalist Juliet Eilperin, author of Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks, and Dr. John McCosker, senior scientist and chair of aquatic biology for the California Academy of Sciences. 7 pm; purchase tickets in advance online at http://staging.calacademy.org/dawkins/edit_tmp/www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling 415.379.8000. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. Tickets are $12 for non-member adults, $10 for seniors and Academy members. The Forum at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Conservation Photography Workshop: Adobe Lightroom for the Nature Photographer

In this workshop, get to know Adobe Lightroom—from the steps of setting it up for the first time all the way through basic web publishing. Topics covered include basic features of the library mode , how to organize your collection, and basic editing features of the develop module. Then, take a more in-depth look at some of the powerful plug-ins that can be used to perfect your images in the digital darkroom. Participants will also learn about using photos for conservation and how to help effect change and protect the natural world through your passion for nature photography. 1-4 pm; tickets are $50 for non-member adults, $40 for Academy members. Purchase tickets in advance online at http://staging.calacademy.org/dawkins/edit_tmp/www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling 415.379.8000; Open to ages 18+; California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.



ACADEMY TOURS

For those wishing to enhance their Academy visit with a guided tour

Children’s Adventure Tours (Ages 5+)
10:00 am 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. 10 am; 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.
 
Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Available Daily

Go beyond the California Academy of Sciences’ public exhibit spaces for an all-access, up-close-and-personal look at the science and inner workings behind the museum and its eco-friendly building.  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 Behind-the-Scenes 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. $89 per person/$69 per person for members (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 6:00 – 8:00 pm

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- 8:00 pm (building closes at 10:00 pm); available every Thursday during NightLife. $59 per person (NightLife admission included); purchase tickets in advance online at http://www.calacademy.org/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 6:00 pm

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. Exclusive Wine & Dine Tours are available for corporate groups; visit the website for more details. 6:00 pm; 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.