Press Release

Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123
Kelly Mendez (415) 379-5133


$1 million grant over three years will support teacher education and quarterly free Sundays

SAN FRANCISCO (September 6, 2012) – JPMorgan Chase has awarded one of its largest grants on the West Coast to the California Academy of Sciences. This generous $1 million grant will support the Academy’s teacher education programs and quarterly free Sundays over the next three years.

“With our increased support, we are proud to enable the Academy to bring awareness of our natural world to not only more students in San Francisco, but to visitors from our surrounding communities and across the globe,” said Peter Barker, Chairman of JPMorgan Chase in California. “Our grant is a true example of the kind of public/private partnership that makes San Francisco institutions like the California Academy of Sciences world-renowned.”

The Academy’s principal mission is education for people of all ages and backgrounds about two of the most important topics of our time: the diversity and sustainability of life on Earth. It also aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, filling a critical need in the nation today. To these ends, the Academy offers a large suite of resources and programs for K-12 teachers, including classroom kits, teacher workshops, and standards-based lesson plans, on a variety of topics ranging from geology to marine biology.

Quarterly free Sundays provide free admission to everyone on select dates throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy exhibits and shows in the Academy’s aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, as well as the living roof and piazza. The upcoming quarterly free Sundays are September 16 and December 9, 2012, and March 3 and June 2, 2013.

“The Academy is a global meeting place for science that strives to serve as many individuals as possible,” said Executive Director Dr. Greg Farrington. “We are so pleased that JPMorgan Chase has given their generous support to science education at the Academy and accessibility for the community.”