Press Release

Kelly Mendez  (415) 379-5133
kmendez@calacademy.org
Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123

 

New "Jurassic in the Park" Programs to Highlight
Dinosaurs, Sharks, Living Fossils and More from September 4-November 15, 2012
at the California Academy of Sciences


Full schedule of programs, events & lectures below

New! Jurassic in the Park! – Travel through time and learn about the fascinating animals that once roamed the Earth. A new suite of programs and events this fall focuses on the evolution of dinosaurs, sharks, birds, and living fossils that still call this planet home.

Coming soon:’Tis the Season for Science – Celebrate the festive, winter season at the California Academy of Sciences’ annual holiday exhibit. Live reindeer, indoor snow flurries, and the giant Snowman Theater will return to delight visitors of all ages. Along the way, you’ll discover the diverse and often surprising ways that birds, bears, and other animals survive and thrive in winter.

 

GENERAL INTEREST PROGRAMS
(September 4 – November 15, 2012)

New Jurassic in the Park Program
SHARKS TO DINOSAURS: A WALK THROUGH TIME
Daily at 12:00 pm
Uncover the Earth’s ancient history and learn about the sharks, tortoises, and dinosaurs that first appeared millions of years ago as you explore the Academy’s exhibits. Step back in time and discover the unique adaptations these amazing species developed for thriving and surviving on a planet that was very different from our modern world. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New Jurassic in the Park Program
MYSTERIES OF THE ANCIENT WEST
Friday – Monday and Wednesdays at 1:30 pm
Ever wonder what life was like in the Ancient West? Learn about the West Coast’s underwater past, the formation of the Sierras, the appearance of redwood trees—and the existence of diverse marine reptiles that once roamed the seas. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


New Jurassic in the Park Program

DINOSAURS ALIVE!
Shows daily (starting September 4)
Visit the Forum Theater to pick up 3D show passes
See the earliest creatures of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous brought to life in the 3D show Dinosaurs Alive! The show, which will play daily in the Forum Theater, follows renowned paleontologists as they discover new fossils and uncover evidence that dinosaur descendants are still among us, and features realistic and scientifically-accurate computer-generated dinosaurs. 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 Program
ASTEROIDS: SCIENCE…WITH AN IMPACT!
Showing hourly on weekends (starting September 8)
Proceed to the planetarium entrance upon arrival to get your show passes.
Asteroids and comets and meteors—oh, my! Our solar system is a busy place filled with small bodies that inhabit the vast spaces between and beyond the eight planets. Occasionally, these objects impact life on Earth—just ask the dinosaurs! What do we know about asteroids, and how can we find them before they find us? Learn more in this live fifteen-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


EARTHQUAKE: EVIDENCE OF A RESTLESS PLANET
Shows daily
Proceed to the planetarium entrance upon arrival to get your show passes.
Journey through our planet's geologic history to witness the processes that shape our landscape in Morrison Planetarium's current show, narrated by Emmy-nominated actor Benjamin Bratt. Begin your journey in 1906 with an all-digital recreation of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked San Francisco, and then dive into the Earth's crust to see how it happened. You will then embark on a high-speed tour through the past 200 million years, witnessing the formation of the Atlantic Ocean and visiting the cradle of humanity in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, along with sites of historic earthquakes in India, China, and Japan. Along the way, you will discover how seismic events continue to shape our landscape. 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.


PENGUIN FEEDING
Daily at 10:30 am and 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.

THE SWEET SIDE OF DNA

Daily at 11:00 am

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.

OSTRICHES: GROUNDED FOR LIFE
Daily at 11:30 am

Join us at the live ostrich chick enclosure within the Academy's Earthquake exhibit to trace their fascinating evolutionary     history and learn how they have adapted to life in Africa. You might be surprised by the connection between plate tectonics and the world's largest flightless bird. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org


CORAL REEF DIVE
Daily at 11:30 am and 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.

 

DISCOVERY NATURE WALK
Daily at 12:30 pm
Join us for a 30-minute nature walk, exploring gardens and groves that surround the Academy. Learn about the importance of native plants and trees and how they support animals in Golden Gate Park, a unique and unusual ecosystem. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 
SSSSNAKE ENCOUNTER

Daily at 1:00 pm
Meet some of the Academy’s live snakes in-person! While viewing these fascinating (and harmless!) animals in the flesh, we will learn about snakes’ unique natural history, their predatory behavior, and their surprising special senses. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


THE SCIENCE OF EXPLORATION

Daily at 2:00 pm

Academy scientists travel to remote corners of the Earth to explore some of the most extreme environments on this planet. Their mission is to shed light on the mysteries of life: how it got here and how we can help ensure it survives. In this interactive program, we take an in-depth look at a few of our intrepid explorers and see the wild adventures they’ve had while on their amazing explorations to discover and protect life on Earth. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


SWAMP DISCOVERY: THEN AND NOW
Daily at 3:30 pm

Learn about the wetland ecosystems of the Southeast United States and their hidden value. Listen to sounds of amazing swamp inhabitants, whose relatives have existed for millions and millions of years. We’ll 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.


SHARKS AND RAYS FEEDING
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm

Learn more about the Mangrove Lagoon’s shallow reef residents, who share a family tree with prehistoric ancestors from millions of years ago, 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.

SPECIMEN SPOTLIGHT
Thursdays 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 Naturalist Center who will highlight a different specimen each week, including dinosaurs, sharks, birds, and more. 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.

New Theme
CALIFORNIA SPOTLIGHT

Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am
Some of the world’s unique landscapes can be found in California, and will continue to change over the course of history. Learn about regional animals like the grizzly bear, mountain lion, and California condor, and the conservation issues that these diverse North American animals face. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


New Schedule
OUT OF THE LAB

Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm
Curious to get a behind-the-scenes perspective on Academy research and the labs where the work gets done? Scientists will join visitors at the Project Lab to share stories about dissecting and documenting the many specimens collected on their global expeditions. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

New Daily Tour
BEHIND-THE-SCENES ACADEMY TOUR (AGES 8+)

Available daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Explore the Academy from an insider's perspective and spend an hour behind the scenes learning more about the institution's 159-year history and how its scientists are tackling critical questions about life on Earth.  Visit the research collections and a working laboratory, get closer to the living roof, and see breathtaking geology specimens in the vault. $54.95 per person/$19.95 per person for Academy members; group rates available. Includes general admission, express rainforest entry and reserved planetarium seats. 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.

New Daily Tour
BEHIND-THE-SCENES AQUARIUM TOUR (AGES 8+)

Available daily at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Go behind the scenes to learn about the history of Steinhart Aquarium and how biologists care for the 38,000 animals—butterflies, fish, penguins, even an albino alligator—that live in the building.  Visit the food prep kitchen, see the complex water filtration system, and much more on an hour-long exclusive aquarium tour.  Tickets are $54.95 per person/ $19.95 per person for Academy members; group rates available. Includes general admission, express rainforest entry and reserved planetarium seats. 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.

 

 New Daily Tour
REEFS TO RAINFORESTS ADVENTURE TOUR (AGES 5+)

Available daily at 3:30 pm
What do coral reefs and rainforests have in common? Find out as you explore two of the Academy’s most popular live animal exhibits on an hour-long guided tour. Learn about the rare and unique species that live in these ecosystems, and the Academy’s expeditions to these dynamic environments. Tickets are $54.95 per person/$19.95 per person for Academy members; group rates available. Includes general admission, express rainforest entry and reserved planetarium seats. 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.


DINO DISCOVERY IN GOLDEN GATE PARK

While you’re in the neighborhood, don’t miss Plantosaurus Rex, a living exhibition of prehistoric plants and dinosaur models at the Conservatory of Flowers through October 21, and the year-round Ancient Plant Garden featuring plants from the Devonian through Eocene Periods at San Francisco Botanical Garden—all within easy walking distance. Discover more at www.conservatoryofflowers.org and www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.


ACADEMY FREE DAY

Sunday, September 16
The Academy is free to the public on selected Sundays throughout the year. A schedule is available at www.calacademy.org/visit. 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 4:00 pm. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.


NATURALIST 101: SKULLS, SCAT AND TRACKS (AGES 10+)

Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Ever wish you could recognize some of the clues to determine what animals were once in the area? Join the Naturalist Center to learn basic identification skills. You can discover many things by looking at skulls, scat, and tracks. Tickets are $15 per person ($10 for Academy members) and do not include Academy admission. Space is limited and reservations are required. Meet at Business Reception. Tickets available after August 1 at www.calacademy.org/events/lectures, or by calling (415) 379-8000.


SUPERNATURAL 2012: HALLOWEEN AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Saturday, October 27 from 5:00 – 9:30 pm

Come in costume and have yourself a ghostly good time as you trick-or-treat your way through the Academy at night, among spooktacular animals and spine-tingling specimens. Mingle with larger-than-life stiltwalkers, roaming magicians, and fanciful face painters. Experience the Academy after dark with a giant pumpkin carving demonstration, special coral reef dive program, and family-friendly activities for all ages brought together under one living roof. Children in costume will receive a reusable trick-or-treat bag to haul their candy loot while getting creative with hands-on Halloween crafts and enjoying live animal shows. Step into a haunted photobooth to capture all of the fun. Live music and complimentary beverages for adults and children. Proceeds from this special event help to support the Academy’s educational outreach programs. Tickets from $35-$500; Family VIP tickets are available and include early family entry, exclusive catered dinner, and special entertainment. For details and to purchase tickets, visit www.calacademy.org/halloween or call (415) 379-5411.

 

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
(September 4 – November 15, 2012)

 

Special Jurassic in the Park Themes

LITTLE NATURALISTS (AGES 3-5)
Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am
These rotating programs for 3-5 year-olds are presented in the Naturalist Center.

  • Wild & Crafty (1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays of the month at 10 am)
    Get creative and learn about animals during this program that pairs children's literature with a take-home craft.
  • Sprouts (2nd, 4th Mondays of the month at 10 am)
    Explore the plants and animals of nature's gardens through hands-on investigation and activities.
  • Little Learners' Lab (1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays of the month at 10 am)
    Become a scientist-in-training and join us for a fun hands-on experiment.
  • Children of the World (2nd, 4th Wednesdays of the month at 10 am)
    A special program highlighting children from around the world through folktales, art, music and movement.

Visit www.calacademy.org/science/early_explorers_cove for program topics on specific dates. Adult supervision is required. Free with Academy admission ; space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You may register at the Naturalist Center after 9:30 am on the day of the program. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.

 

NATURALIST CENTER CRAFT
Fridays from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Visit the Naturalist Center every Friday for a fun and educational craft activity.  Spark your curiosity, be creative, and explore natural history specimens and other resources. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

New Program
SATURDAY SAFARI

Saturdays at 11:00 am
September 8 theme: Discovering Fossils
September 15 theme: Happy Birthday, Claude!
September 22 theme: If I Were a Dinosaur…
September 29 theme: Sea Otter Fun
October 6 theme: Shark Tooth Dig
October 13 theme: African Penguin Awareness Day
October 20 theme: Sharks of the World
October 27 theme: Shark Bites
November 3 theme: Dinosaur Fossil Dig
November 10 theme: Fossil Finds
All ages are invited to African Hall for an imaginary expedition around the corner or around the world. We will navigate with maps to chart our exploration and use props, specimens, storytelling, and songs to set the scene for our travels. A special children’s book will be read each week. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

Special Jurassic in the Park Themes
FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS (AGES 5-10)

Sundays* from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm , while supplies last
*Note: Family Nature Crafts will not be offered on September 16.
September 9 theme: Erupting Volcano Models
September 23 theme: Sea Otter Awareness Week Badge
September 30 theme: Sea Otter Pups
October 7 theme: Tin Shark Magnets
October 14 theme: African Penguin Chicks and Eggs
October 21 theme: Shark Fin Hat
October 28 theme: Shark Jaw Model
November 4 theme: Pinecone Pangolin
November 11 theme: Dinosaur Crossing Sign
Join us in front of the Swamp and get creative with nature-themed craft projects designed for families with children ages 5-10. Space is limited. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

Special Jurassic in the Park Themes
SCIENCE STORY ADVENTURES (AGES 4-8)

Sundays at 2:30 pm
September 9 and 30 theme: Fall of the Dinosaurs
September 16 theme: Prehistoric Animals
September 23 theme: Sea Otter Awareness Week
October 7 and 21 theme: Sharktober
October 14 theme: African Penguin Awareness Day
October 28 theme: Halloween
November 4 and 11 theme: Dinos Among Us
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.

 

Special Jurassic in the Park Themes
TODDLER TREKS (AGES 1-3)

Thursday, September 6 and Tuesday, September 18 at 11:00 am (Theme: Dinosaur Trek)
Thursday, October 4 and Tuesday, October 16 at 11:00 am (Theme: Shark Trek)
Thursday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 20 at 11:00 am (Theme: Alligator Trek)
Visit the Early Explorers Cove for a caregiver/child participatory program designed especially for children ages 1-3. Each month will feature a different animal—some extinct, some still among us today. Participants will use props and their imaginations to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. Please note that both programs each month are about the same topic, so participants should register for only one date per month. Tickets are $6 per child, $4 per Academy member child, free to adults with general admission. Note that Academy 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.


PENGUINS + PAJAMAS SLEEPOVER (AGES 5-17, with adult chaperones)
Friday, October 12th, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 am
Saturday, November 10th, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 am
Why count sheep when you can 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. 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.

 

KQED DINOSAUR TRAIN
Sunday, October 14 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
On Sunday, October 14 , celebrate a day of discovery at the Academy with KQED and Buddy the T. Rex from Dinosaur Train!  Bring a camera and a curious spirit and join Buddy as he explores the museum and greets visitors. Take the Nature Trackers Challenge and become a member of the Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club, a community of young children, families, and educators committed to learning about nature and protecting the environment. Plus, join us for special “Jurassic in the Park” programming and activities for all ages! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

GIRL SCOUTS—LIVING ECO-WISE PATCH PROGRAM FOR BROWNIES
Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Increase your eco-awareness and discover what makes the Academy the greenest museum in the world in this fun program for Girl Scouts. Must be a registered Brownie to participate.One adult chaperone is required for every eight girls. If attending the program individually, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $24.95 per person. To register, visit www.calacademy.org/tickets/gs, or call (415) 379-8000.

 

PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS
(September 4 – November 15, 2012)

 

NIGHTLIFE (AGES 21+)
Thursdays 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 for Academy members). California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.

 

NIGHTLIFE VIP TOUR (AGES 21+)
Thursdays at 6:00 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 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); p urchase 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.

 

DRAWN BY INSTINCT
Featuring Artist Tiffany Bozic
Tuesday, September 4 at 6:00 pm
In partnership with San Francisco Public LibraryTiffany Bozic, a local artist and one of the first participants in the Artist in Residency program at the California Academy of Sciences, will present her monograph Drawn by Instinct based on artwork inspired from her lifelong connection to the natural world. There are fascinating discoveries to be made in her work, from new species of nudibranchs to unexpected life forms that blur the lines of flora and fauna to how we discern flashpoints through unlikely pairings like perceptions of danger in tranquil settings. In Bozic’s art, we find mesmerizing dialogue at work, encompassing both inner and outer worlds. Bozic is inspired by John James Audubon and Ernst Haeckel, but dives more deeply into the imaginary and darker aspects of the natural world. She has spoken at art and design conferences and shown work in galleries throughout the United States and Europe. More recently, she is coming off a highly anticipated and successful show at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City. Please join us for an intimate evening presentation and book signing with the artist to follow. 6:00 pm; This is a free event. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling (415) 379-8000. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. This event takes place in the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main.

 

THE SUPERNOVA OF A GENERATION: SN 2011FE
Featuring Dr. Joshua Bloom, Astronomy Department, University of California, Berkeley
Monday, September 10 at 7:30 pm
A Benjamin Dean lecture
When some stars die they produce remarkably bright "supernova" fireworks. Supernovae, the main source of the iron in our bodies, have had a profound impact on science for centuries. More recently, particular explosions—called "Ia" supernovae—were used to make precise measurements of distance that revealed the mysterious acceleration of the universe. Despite their importance, scientists still do not know what sort of star (or stars) lead to such supernovae, nor do they understand in detail the mechanisms responsible for such explosions. Well-studied nearby supernovae, which could shed light on these deep mysteries, are uncommon. This past year, a rare Type Ia supernova dubbed SN2011fe was discovered in the Pinwheel Galaxy. Dr. Bloom, one of the researchers who facilitated the discovery and subsequent observations, will discuss some of the breakthrough results from SN 2011fe in the context of supernova science as well as some of the broader implications of the discovery. 7:30pm; Purchase tickets in advance online at 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 Academy members. Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

 

FROM EVOLUTION TO EPIDEMICS: THE CHECKERED PAST OF PATHOGENS
Featuring Dr. Shannon Bennett, Associate Curator of Microbiology, California Academy of Sciences
Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00 pm
A Pritzker lecture
You could almost say that Shannon Bennett’s career as a virologist found her after she became infected with parasites while on a volunteer stint in Liberia during college. She was fascinated by the experience to the point that she has been on a quest to understand the life cycle and evolutionary history of pathogens ever since. Hear about her research as she discusses fascinating examples from her work, such as how the dengue virus continues to evolve and plague humans since jumping over from non-human primates decades ago. Learn how this virus has adapted to humans and the mosquitoes that have in turn become so well adapted to us. With these questions, Dr. Bennett’s work broadens the Academy’s research scope to include a dedicated focus on viruses and bacteria. As you will discover, she is especially interested in the nature of genetic mutations that give viruses the potential to cause epidemics or switch to new hosts. 7:00 pm; Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; free for Academy members. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling (415) 379-8000. Seating is limited. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.


PENGUINS + PAJAMAS SLEEPOVER FOR GROWNUPS (AGES 21+)
Friday, September 21 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 am
Grab your PJs and explore the California Academy of Sciences in a whole new light—overnight! Share closeencounters with 38,000 creatures and visit a tropical rainforest, the California Coast, and the edge of the Universe, all under one living roof. Sip cocktails at the Swamp Bar Lounge, view all three of the Academy’s original planetarium shows, and enjoy special programs to complement the nocturnal museum experience, as well as after-hours access to Academy exhibits. Tickets are $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.

 

CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP & FIELD EXCURSION: Wine, the Environment, and Sustainable Business Practices (AGES 21+)
Saturday, September 22 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday, September 23 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

During this two-day workshop, you will learn about the efforts made in Wine Country to become stewards of the land and run sustainable wine businesses. On the first day, we will gather at the Academy to learn about storytelling through photography and the use of multimedia tools. This workshop is focused on the DSLR user, covering the fundamentals of image, video, audio, and post-production. On day two, hop on a bus to tour several wineries and learn firsthand how winemakers are applying sustainable practices to the business of making good wines. We will even put their skills to the test and taste wines along the way, capturing this message through conservation photography. Early bird tickets are $175 ($150 for Academy members); Tickets purchased after September 8 are $195 ($170 for Academy members.) Tickets are non-refundable. Open to ages 21+ with valid ID. Please reserve a space at www.calacademy.org/events/photography, or by calling (415) 379-8000.

 

POLAR BEARS AND GLOBAL WARMING: RELIABLE PREDICTIONS AND HOPE IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD
Featuring Dr. Steven Amstrup, Polar Bears International and 2012 Indianapolis Prize winner
Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 pm
An Indianapolis Prize lecture
In 2007, Dr. Steven Amstrup's research team at the U.S. Geological Survey projected that we could lose two-thirds of the world’s polar bears by mid century and may lose all of them by this century’s end. More recently, he and his colleagues showed that preventing the extinction of polar bears is largely a matter of controlling greenhouse gas rise. The good news is that prompt action to arrest greenhouse gas rise will preserve sustainable polar bear populations over much of their current range. Even more importantly, acting in time to save polar bears will benefit the rest of life on earth—including humans. 7:30 pm; Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $12 for Academy members. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling (415) 379-8000. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

 

HUBBLE’S GREATEST HITS
Featuring Dr. Chris Lintott, Department of Physics at University of Oxford
Monday, October 8 at 7:30 pm
A Benjamin Dean lecture
The Hubble Space Telescope is the best known telescope in history, and the most successful. The Hubble was carried into orbit in 1990 and remains in operation today. A 2.4-meter aperture telescope, Hubble's four main instruments observe in the near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared. Its 20+ years of history have produced thousands of papers, and hundreds of thousands of images. Reviewing these articles would take a lifetime, so astronomer Dr. Chris Lintott has sorted through the archives to bring you his top ten Hubble images. Ranging from new views of our own Solar System, through the first glimpses of worlds around other stars, this cosmic tour will make use of the incredible projection capabilities of Morrison Planetarium to take Dr. Lintott's audience on a cosmic journey to the most distant galaxies. 7:30pm; Tickets are $12 for non-member adults, $10 for non-member seniors, and $6 for Academy members. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling (415) 379-8000. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

 

CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP & FIELD EXCURSION:
Environmental Justice in San Francisco: From Crissy Field to Hunters Point
(AGES 18+)
Saturday, October 13 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 14 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Throughout its rich history, San Francisco has played a significant role in the economic, industrial, and military arenas. This legacy continues to have a major impact on both the local ecosystems and human health. In this two-day workshop, we will first gather at the Academy to learn about storytelling through photography and the use of multimedia tools. This workshop is focused on the DSLR user, covering the fundamentals of image, video, audio, and post-production. On the second day, we will tour local communities and natural spaces like Crissy Field, the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and power plant, and the City’s only “off-the-grid” facility at the Eco-Center in Heron’s Head Park to discuss environmental justice and the power of conservation photography to capture and advance the cause for healthy human habitats. Early bird tickets are $175 ($150 for Academy members); Tickets purchased after September 28 are $195 ($170 for Academy members). Tickets are non-refundable. Open to ages 18+. Please reserve a space at www.calacademy.org/events/photography or call (415) 379-8000.

 

MOBY DICK: A WHALE OF A TALE
Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 pm
In partnership with the San Francisco Opera
Join us in the Academy’s African Hall for a lively conversation jointly presented by the San Francisco Opera and the California Academy of Sciences where we will dive into the ocean depths to explore the folklore of Moby Dick. 7:00 pm; Find out more and purchase tickets in advance at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling (415) 379-8000.

 

THE MAKING OF EARTHQUAKE: EVIDENCE OF A RESTLESS PLANET
Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00 pm
Featuring Ryan Wyatt, Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization Studio at the California Academy of Sciences
In partnership with San Francisco Public Library
Join us for a behind the scenes look into the making of the Academy’s newest planetarium show with planetarium director Ryan Wyatt. Get a glimpse into the process of making a full dome show—from plotting the storyline to the process of working with scientific advisors who contributed up-to-date data on Earth processes and the generation of earthquakes. A sweeping geological journey, Earthquake explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet. After a stunning flight over the San Andreas Fault, audiences travel back in time to experience San Francisco’s infamous 1906 earthquake. Data-driven visualizations illustrate Earth’s story, revealing how subtle motions and sudden ruptures have shaped our planet over eons—and how geological activity influences the course of human history. Earthquake is the Academy’s fourth planetarium show since reopening the Academy in 2008. 6:00 pm; This is a free event. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling (415) 379-8000. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. This event takes place in the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main.

 

THE HISTORY OF PLANETARIUMS: THE MORRISON TURNS 60!
Monday, November 5 at 7:30 pm
Featuring Dr. Jordan D. Marché II, Astronomy Department, University of Wisconsin – Madison
A Benjamin Dean lecture
Join us as we celebrate the 60th birthday of the Academy’s Morrison Planetarium with a special presentation and look back through our dome’s history and the history of planetariums across the country. Dr. Jordan D. Marché II will lead us on a journey back in time from the early days of the Morrison to the modern era, exploring how the use of these facilities has changed over time. Planetariums have informed and inspired audiences of all ages about the wonders and mysteries of the universe for almost 90 years. How did they come to be, and how have they charted their approaches to science education and even entertainment during that time? As a historian of science, Dr. Marché will describe the major threads of planetarium history, including how Morrison Planetarium hosted the first planetarium light shows in the late 1950s. More than an account of evolving projection technologies, his talk will examine how the community of planetarium educators organized in response to broader social changes, including the dawning space age. 7:30pm; Tickets are $12 for non-member adults, $10 for non-member seniors, and $6 for Academy members. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets, or by calling (415) 379-8000. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.