Press Release

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

New Built for Speed Programs to Highlight Fast Fish, Speedy Sailboats,
Healthy Oceans and More in JULY 2013
at the California Academy of Sciences


Full schedule of programs, events & lectures below

New! The Last Reef 3D (opens June 28, 2013) – Don a pair of 3D glasses and fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a thousand jellyfish, visit an alien world where the tiniest creatures support the greatest predators…The Last Reef will take you on a breathtaking journey to these cities beneath the sea, which are as vital to life on Earth as the rainforests.

GENERAL INTEREST PROGRAMS
(July 2013)

New Built for Speed Program
FIN-TASTIC FISH

Daily at 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm
Fish are the ultimate swimmers, but how do they do it? Explore the fascinating physical adaptations that allow fish to swim and survive. Get up and moving to experience what it would feel like to have fins, and learn how fish use their bodies to move in different ways in diverse habitats. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New Built for Speed Program
WONDERS OF THE CALIFORNIA COAST

Daily at 2 pm
Under the waves and beyond the beaches of California lies one of the world’s richest marine communities. Learn why a rockfish rests motionless on the ocean floor, what sea urchins and leopard sharks find delicious, and how these diverse ocean inhabitants are connected to each other—and to us! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

In the Planetarium
FRAGILE PLANET

Playing weekdays; proceed to planetarium entrance upon arrival for passes and show times
Leave Planet Earth behind as you fly to the farthest reaches of the Universe in this 25-minute show. Zoom through the roof of the Academy’s building, float up through Earth’s atmosphere, and gain an astronaut’s view of your home—the only planet currently known to support life. Then travel to the Moon, Mars, and even beyond the Milky Way to search for habitats that might support extraterrestrial life. 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.

EARTHQUAKE: EVIDENCE OF A RESTLESS PLANET
Shows daily; proceed to planetarium entrance upon arrival for passes and show times
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 interior 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.

New Live Show!
SPEED IN SPACE

Playing weekdays (through September 2, 2013)
Learn about the fastest things in the Universe—human-made or otherwise! From Apollo to asteroids, subatomic particles to light itself, things in space move quicker than we can imagine here on Earth. Come join us and explore the farthest, fastest frontiers in this live 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall. Visit www.calacademy.org/events for specific dates and times. Free with Academy admission. 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.


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.


SSSSNAKE ENCOUNTER
Daily at 3:30 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
Monday-Friday at 12:00 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.

POLLINATOR POWER
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 pm

Join us atop the Academy’s living roof to explore the fascinating lives of pollinators including birds, bats and bees. As these animals buzz, swoop and fly through the air, they are helping to keep California one of the most diverse places on earth. Here at the Academy, researchers and gardeners work to maintain a living roof of entirely native plants—come find out how this helps keep habitats healthy! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

SCIENCE DISCOVERY
Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 am

Meet Project Lab scientists as they share and discuss specimens from the Academy’s collections and around the world. Learn about the fascinating research these scientists conduct everyday and what we learn from preserving these important specimens. Curious minds are encouraged! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.

SWAMP DISCOVERY

Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 pm
Learn more about these wetland ecosystems of the Southeast United States and their hidden value. Listen to sounds of swamp 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.

OUT OF THE LAB
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 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. Have a burning science question? Ask a real scientist! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

Meet Real Scientists!
CHAT WITH AN ACADEMY SCIENTIST (AGES 10+)
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm

Join us for an interactive interview program where Academy experts and allies give you a glimpse into their work and its role in our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life.
July 6: Meet science illustrator Sean Edgerton and learn how his work blurs the line between science and art.
July 7: Meet biologist Liz Carlen and learn how she sets out studying the diversity of urban mammals in San Francisco.
July 13: Meet Academy microbiologist Dr. Shannon Bennett and dive into her fascinating research on the diversity of viruses transmitted from mosquitoes and animals to humans.
July 14: Meet marine biologist Michelle Gaither and learn about how she studies the mysteries of the ocean and secrets of marine biodiversity.
July 20: Meet marine biologist Ryan Hulett and find out why he studies sea slugs, the shell-less jewels of the sea.
July 21: Meet animal care biologist Eric Hupperts to learn what goes into caring for 38,000 live animals every day.
July 27: Meet collections manager Anna Sellas and learn about her work with spotted eagle rays both above and below water.
July 28: Meet curatorial assistant Shayle Matsuda and learn how to turn dreams of becoming a real scientist into reality with the right blend of curiosity and focus.
Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

DISCOVERY NATURE WALK
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 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.


SHARKS AND RAYS
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm

Learn more about the Reef 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.

New Program!
NATURALIST KNOW-HOW (AGES 8-11, with adult chaperone)

Sundays at 2:00 pm (starting June 30, 2013)
Hone your expertise as a naturalist! A different skill will be highlighted each month. In July, we will focus on observation skills as we learn to make a Naturalist Notebook and practice scientific sketching and note taking. 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.


SPECIMEN SPOTLIGHT: SPEEDY SPECIES
Saturdays at 2:00 pm
The maneuverability of marine mammals is crucial to how they catch their prey. Discover what makes toothed whales, sea otters and sea lions swiftly swim, twist and turn and learn about what humans have borrowed from their adaptations. 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.

Go Behind-the-Scenes!
BEHIND-THE-SCENES ACADEMY TOUR (AGES 8+)

Available daily at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 3:30 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. $24.95 per person/$19.95 per person for Academy members; group rates available. Includes express rainforest entry and reserved planetarium seats. Tour price does not include general admission to the Academy. 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.

Go Behind-the-Scenes!
BEHIND-THE-SCENES AQUARIUM TOUR (AGES 8+)

Available daily at 10:00 am, 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.  $24.95 per person/$19.95 per person for Academy members; group rates available. Includes express rainforest entry and reserved planetarium seats. Tour price does not include general admission to the Academy. 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.

 

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
(July 2013)


LITTLE NATURALISTS (AGES 3-5)

Wednesdays at 9:45 am
These rotating programs for 3 to 5-year-olds are presented in the Naturalist Center.
  • Little Learners' Lab (1st Wednesday of the month)
    Become a scientist-in-training and join us for a fun hands-on experiment.
  • Children of the World (2nd Wednesday of the month)
    A special program highlighting children from around the world through folktales, art, music and movement.
  • Wild & Crafty (3rd Wednesday of the month)
    Get creative and learn about animals during this program that pairs children's literature with a take-home craft.
  • Sprouts (4th Wednesday of the month)
    Explore the plants and animals of nature's gardens through hands-on investigation and activities.
  • I'm a Little Naturalist (5th Wednesday of the month)
    Participate in hands-on activities that allow children to learn and practice the skills of a real naturalist.
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.

 


SATURDAY SAFARI
Saturdays at 11:00 am
July 6 theme: Penguin Protectors
July 13 theme: Tidepool Treasures
July 20 theme: Caring for Coral Reefs
July 27 theme: Seahorse Secrets
All ages are invited to Tusher 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.


FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS (AGES 5-11)
Sundays at 10:00 am, while supplies last
July 7 theme: Sailfish Visor
July 14 theme: Beach Debris Art
July 21 theme: Itty Bitty Beaches
July 28 theme: Butterfly Glasses
Join us in front of the Swamp and get creative with nature-themed craft projects designed for families with children ages 5-11. Space is limited. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


TODDLER TREKS (AGES 1-3)

Thursday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 23 at 11:00 am (Theme: Galapagos Trek)

Join us 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. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

 

Special Event
MEET KQED’S CAT IN THE HAT AT THE ACADEMY!

Tuesday, July 23 at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm
Sunday, July 28 from 11:00 am-5:00 pm (with several special appearances from the Cat!)

Join us for two fun-filled days with the Cat in the Hat from KQED’s acclaimed children’s television series The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Meet the Cat and participate in family-friendly programs throughout the Academy. It’s a great way to celebrate Let’s Get Wet Week with the Cat in the Hat, a PBS KIDS Summer learning initiative. With so much going on, it’s the purrrfect time to visit the Academy with everyone’s favorite Dr. Seuss character! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000

 
PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS
(July 2013)


NIGHTLIFE (AGES 21+)

Thursdays* from 6:00 – 10:00 pm
*There is no NightLife event on July 4
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); purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/nightlife, or by calling (415) 379-8000. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.


A Benjamin Dean lecture

THE ONCE AND FUTURE KEPLER MISSION: HOT ON THE TRAIL OF HABITABLE EARTH-SIZE PLANETS
Featuring Dr. Jon Jenkins, Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute
Monday, July 15 at 7:30 pm

Kepler vaulted into the heavens on March 7, 2009, initiating NASA’s search for Earth-size planets orbiting Sun-like stars in the habitable zone, where liquid water could exist on the planetary surface and support alien biology. In the four years since, a flood of photometric data on upwards of 190,000 stars of unprecedented precision and continuity has provoked a watershed of more than 132 confirmed or validated planets, over 2,700 planetary candidates and a resounding revolution in our understanding of the behavior of stars. Recent discoveries include Kepler-62 with five planets, a total of which two are in the habitable zone, and are 1.4 and 1.7 times the radius of the Earth. Dr. Jenkins will highlight key scientific results from Kepler, and will also discuss the daunting challenges that faced the technical and scientific team as they designed, built and are now operating this amazing observatory. He will also give a brief overview of TESS, NASA’s next mission to detect Earth’s closest cousins. 7:30 pm; Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/lectures, or by calling (877) 227-1831. Seating is limited and tickets are first-come, first-served. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for Academy members. Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.