Press Release

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

Explore Hidden Treasures Revealed
through November 26, 2013
at the California Academy of Sciences


Full schedule of programs, events & lectures below

New! Hidden Treasures Revealed – Did you know that more than 28 million specimens are housed within the Academy’s walls? Get an unprecedented look at our research collections and discover how beetles, bones, and the many things in between help us study and sustain the diversity of life on Earth. Special programs and activities this month will help navigate your exploration of the Academy’s hidden treasures!

Coming soon! ’Tis the Season for Science (November 27, 2013 - January 5, 2014) – Celebrate the festive, winter season at the California Academy of Sciences’ annual holiday exhibit. Live reindeer, indoor snow flurries, immersive mini-dome shows, and more will return to delight visitors of all ages.

Note: The Academy will be closed on November 28.


GENERAL INTEREST PROGRAMS
(November 2013)

New Program!
JUNIOR SCIENTIST ADVENTURE (AGES 9+)

Daily; proceed to coat check upon arrival to check in; wrap up at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
Become a scientist for a day by checking out a field science backpack full of tools and activities to guide your exploration. Navigate the museum floor in search of hidden treasures and track your progress in a fun field guide! Make your way to the Naturalist Center upstairs on Level 3 at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm daily for a scientific wrap up, sharing your discoveries with an Academy presenter. Questions are encouraged! Backpacks can be picked up at coat check in the lobby upon arrival; availability is limited and backpacks 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!
COLLECTIONS CLOSE UP

Daily at 10:30 am
Swing by the Project Lab and view rarely-displayed specimens from the Academy’s collections. From breathtaking beetles and butterflies to extraordinary skulls and stones, discover a new object every day! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New Live Program!
HUBBLE’S HIDDEN TREASURES

Playing weekends*; proceed to planetarium entrance upon arrival for show times
*Please note: this program will not be offered November 30-December 1
What are we learning from this famous telescope and the stunning images it returns to Earth? Explore the scientific contributions of one of the most successful missions in space exploration—and discover how it almost wasn’t. Uncover the mysteries of our universe in this live 15-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.

New Program!
SCIENCE SCAVENGER HUNT

Daily; self-guided
Pick up a programming guide in the Lobby and navigate through the museum in search of hidden treasures. Along the way, discover and observe some of the Academy’s most fascinating artifacts and live animals. Then, complete the secret phrase and earn a special reward for your exploration! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New Program!
SOLAR SYSTEM WALK

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm
Follow a planetarium presenter on a journey through space and time to explore Earth’s place in the Solar System and how our world has become a cradle for life in this 15-minute walk that meets at the Pendulum and travels across the museum floor. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New Theme!
SPECIMEN SPOTLIGHT: CABINETS OF CURIOSITY

Saturdays at 2:00 pm
Embark on a guided exploration of the Naturalist Center to uncover its many hidden treasures. Encounter oddities like mutant frogs and ancient plants and discover why scientific specimens are studied and treasured. 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 LAST REEF 3D FILM
Playing daily (through November 26); proceed to Forum Theater for entry and show times
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. Free with Academy admission. Forum Theater at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

New Planetarium Show!
COSMIC COLLISIONS

Playing daily*; proceed to planetarium entrance upon arrival for passes and show times
*Please note: Cosmic Collisions will not be shown November 28-December 1
Creative and destructive, dynamic and dazzling, collisions are a key mechanism in the evolution of the Universe. Celestial smash-ups have changed the course of life on Earth and are responsible for many things we take for granted—the Sun’s warmth and light, our changing seasons, the tides…Narrated by Robert Redford, this immersive 20-minute show explores the full range of collisions, from subatomic particles to the largest galaxies. Travel to the past, present, and future to witness the creation of our Moon, the meteorite impact that ended the Age of Dinosaurs, and the titanic merging of our galaxy with another billions of years from now. You’ll discover how these explosive encounters have shaped our planet and continue to transform the cosmos. 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.

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.


SHARKS TO DINOS: A WALK THROUGH TIME
Daily at 11:00 am

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.


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.


WONDERS OF THE CALIFORNIA COAST
Daily at 12:30 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.


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.

SWAMP DISCOVERY
Daily at 3:30 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.

THE SWEET SIDE OF DNA
Monday-Friday at 12:00 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.

THE SCIENCE OF EXPLORATION
Monday-Friday 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.


DISCOVERY NATURE WALK

Friday-Monday, Wednesdays at 1:30 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.


OUT OF THE LAB

Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 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.

SCIENCE DISCOVERY
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm

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.

Meet Real Scientists!
CONNECT WITH A SCIENTIST (AGES 10+)
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm

Join us for a fun interview with an Academy scientist as they share their cutting edge work and exciting discoveries. Learn the tricks of their trade through dynamic demonstrations and get answers to the science questions you’ve always wanted to know. Meet a new guest scientist every week! Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

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

Sundays at 2:00 pm
Hone your expertise as a naturalist! A unique skill will be highlighted each month. In November, check out Searching the Sky—What’s Up?, where you'll learn to see the sky like an astronomer. Space is limited; please register in the Naturalist Center a half hour before program begins. 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.

Special Hidden Treasures Theme!
BEHIND-THE-SCENES ACADEMY TOUR (AGES 8+)

Available daily at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm
Hidden treasures abound behind the Academy’s walls! Discover fascinating specimens in our fish collection and view breathtaking geology specimens in the Gem and Mineral vault. Visit a working laboratory and get closer to the living roof, all while exploring the Academy from an insider’s perspective. During this one hour behind the scenes tour, you will learn more about the institution’s 160-year history and how its scientists are tackling critical questions about life on Earth. $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.

Special Anniversary Display
A VERY FISHY TALE: STEINHART AQUARIUM CELEBRATES 90 YEARS

September 1 – November 30, 2013 in the Naturalist Center
On September 29, 1923, the Academy’s Steinhart Aquarium first opened its doors to the public. Over the past 90 years—and in three different buildings—many animals have swam, slithered, crawled and hopped in its enclosures. Celebrate the highlights and memories throughout its long, successful history with a display featuring historical memorabilia and behind-the-scenes photos. Free with Academy admission. Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. www.calacademy.org.

Special Performance
OPERA PARALLÉLE: THE SPIDER’S REVENGE – A Children’s Opera

Saturday, November 2; preview at 12:00 pm in the Piazza; performance at 1:00 pm in the Forum Theater
Opera Parallèle and the California Academy of Sciences jointly present a performance of Peter Maxwell Davies' The Spider's Revenge – a beautiful musical-theatre work where children playing in a garden come to understand the wonders of the insect world and ultimately acknowledge that all of us "have their place on the Earth." Written for performance by young people, the Opera Parallèle team will coach and prepare a group of 4th graders from Daniel Webster Elementary School as part of the company’s dedication to community outreach and in celebration of National Opera Week. Performance preview in the Piazza at 12:00 pm, performance in the Forum at 1:00 pm. Free with Academy admission.


PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
(November 2013)

SATURDAY SAFARI
Saturdays at 11:00 am
All ages are invited to Tusher African Hall for an imaginary expedition around the corner or around the world. In November, we will explore the creatures of the Coral Reef and discover the marine animals that live in this diverse and colorful ecosystem. We will navigate with maps to chart our exploration and use props, specimens, storytelling, and songs to set the scene for our travels. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.


JUNIOR ACADEMY: FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS (AGES 5-11)
Sundays at 10:00 am, while supplies last
November 3 theme: Endangered Penguin Dioramas
November 10 theme: Paper Angler Fish
November 17 theme: Biodiversity Wall Hanging
November 24 theme: Brand New Caribou
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)
Tuesday, November 12 and Thursday, November 21 at 11:00 am (Theme: Chameleon 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.


PENGUINS + PAJAMAS SLEEPOVER (AGES 5-17, with adult chaperones)
Friday, November 8, 2013 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 are $99 per person, $79 for Academy members. Group rates and ticketing information available online at www.calacademy.org/sleepovers. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.



PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS
(November 2013)


NIGHTLIFE (AGES 21+)

Thursdays* from 6:00 – 10:00 pm
*Please note: NightLife will be on hiatus November 28
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 Modern Origins Story: From the Big Bang to Habitable Planets
Featuring Eliot Quataert, Professor of Astronomy & Physics, UC Berkeley
Monday, November 4 at 7:30 pm

The scientific understanding of our origins began in earnest with Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin and others, and has since evolved into a rich, detailed and well-tested model. In addition to their intrinsic scientific importance, these ideas also have far reaching implications for other aspects of our lives (e.g., philosophical, religious, and political). In this talk, Quataert will provide an overview of the modern understanding of origins in astrophysics, from the big bang to the discovery of planets around other stars. The story begins in the infant universe, which we now know was remarkably smooth compared to what we see around us today, with only tiny differences in its properties from one part to another. By contrast, in the present universe there are enormous differences in the properties of matter from one part to another: some regions host planets, stars, and galaxies (and even humans!) while others do not. Quataert will describe how the universe evolved from its smooth beginnings to its current state, emphasizing how gravity reigns supreme and builds up the planets, stars, and galaxies required for biological evolution to proceed. 7:30 pm; tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for Academy members. To purchase, visit www.calacademy.org/lectures, or call (877) 227-1831. Seating is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. This lecture takes place at Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences.


CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: An Introduction To Your DSLR
Sunday, November 10 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Led by Gary Sharlow, Photographer & Education Manager
In this three-hour classroom presentation, you will learn about the inner workings of your DSLR camera. This class is designed as an overview to help you better understand your camera, the digital workflow and how to make better images. We cover basic features of the DSLR camera to include choosing lenses and filters, ISO, white balance, shutter, aperture and program modes, EV, exposure, bracketing, focusing, resolution, histograms and more. The main objective is to help you understand the fundamentals of exposure so that you can get your camera out of auto mode and start making images the way you want them to look. After reviewing the skills required to get the correct exposure under any conditions, we can shift our efforts to proper techniques for focus, light metering, depth of field and some basic rules of composition. Please enter through the Academy's business entrance located at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive. Tickets are $50 per person, $40 for Academy members. Space is limited and advanced ticketing is required. To purchase tickets online, visit www.calacademy.org/photography or call (877) 227-1831.


In Partnership with the San Francisco Public Library

Wild Ones: A Look at People Looking at Animals in America
Featuring Jon Mooallem in conversation with Amy Standen
Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 pm

As a father, Jon Mooallem has watched his daughter’s world overflow with animals, from toys to her favorite butterfly pajamas. She has inspired him to venture into the field, often taking his daughter with him, to move beyond childlike fascination and make those creatures feel more real. Wild Ones is a tour through our environmental moment and the eccentric cultural history of people and wild animals in America that inflects it—from Thomas Jefferson’s celebrations of early abundance, to the turn-of the-last-century origins of the teddy bear, to the whale-loving hippies of the 1970s. In America, Wild Ones discovers, wildlife has always inhabited the terrain of our imagination as much as the actual land. The journey is framed by the stories of three species: the polar bear, ogled by tourists outside a remote northern town; the little-known Lange’s metalmark butterfly, foundering on a small patch of industrialized land near San Francisco; and the whooping crane as it is led on a months-long migration by costumed men in ultralight airplanes. The wilderness that Wild Ones navigates is a scrappy, disorderly place where amateur conservationists do grueling, sometimes preposterous-looking work; where a marketer maneuvers to control the polar bear’s image while, at the same time, Martha Stewart turns up to film those beasts for her show on the Hallmark Channel. Our most comforting ideas about nature unravel and, in their place, Mooallem forges a new and affirming vision of the human animal and the wild ones as kindred creatures on an imperfect planet. Wild Ones merges reportage, science and history into a humane and endearing meditation on what it means to live in and bring a life into today’s world. Amy Standen is a producer for KQED Science. Book signing to follow. This is a free event held at the Koret Auditorium at the SF Public Library Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Seating is limited. To reserve a space in advance, call (877) 227-1831 Online reservations are not available.