Press Release

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

Explore Hidden Treasures Revealed, Brilliant!Science: Extraterrestrial Life,
and more in OCTOBER 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!

This month! Brilliant!Science: Extraterrestrial Life (October 10 – 18, 2013) – Join the California Academy of Sciences for a week-long festival celebrating space exploration, astrobiology and the search for extraterrestrial life. Enjoy keynote lectures, family activities, evening social events and supporting programs all month long! Festival programming listed at the end of this release.

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.


GENERAL INTEREST PROGRAMS
(October 2013)

New Program!
JUNIOR SCIENTIST ADVENTURE (AGES 9+)

Daily; proceed to coat check upon arrival to check in
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 (starting October 5); proceed to planetarium entrance upon arrival for show times
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; 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
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!
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 October, check out Stones, Spiders and Scum - Up Close! where you'll learn to use a microscope to examine the hidden properties of everyday things. 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.

International Photo Competition
BIG PICTURE: NATURAL WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

Launching October 1, 2013 (runs through March 31, 2014)
Spotlighting the work of conservation photographers from around the world, the competition will focus a visual lens on the Academy’s mission to explore, explain and sustain life, raising one simple yet profound call to action: What on Earth have you photographed? Chaired by award-winning photographer and Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers Suzi Eszterhas, the competition welcomes professional-level, high-caliber nature, wildlife and conservation images and is open to all photographers who aim to capture the beauty and fragility of the natural world through an artistic lens. Winners will receive exciting cash and camera prizes. Paid image submissions in several categories will be accepted online atwww.bigpicturecompetition.org.


NATURALIST 101: SKULLS TELL IT ALL (AGES 10+)

Sunday, October 20 from 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
Scientists can learn many things by looking at an animal’s skull—and so can you! In this two-hour workshop, learn the essentials of how to identify local animals by their skulls. Discover what determines if the animal was predator or prey, what it ate, what sense was most important to its survival and more. You’ll have the opportunity to examine a variety of fascinating skulls from our collections! Please register by 9:45 am on the morning of the program at the Academy’s business reception desk. Entrance is through 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive. Tickets are $15 per person, $12 for Academy members. Tickets do not include Academy admission. Purchase tickets in advance at www.calacademy.org/events or by calling (877) 227-1831.

Special Halloween Event
SUPERNATURAL 2013

Saturday, October 26 from 5:00 – 9:00 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. General admission tickets are $35 for children and $50 for adults. Family VIP tickets are available and include private VIP lounge, 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
(October 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 October, we will explore the birds of California with bird-themed stories and activities. 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.


FAMILY NATURE CRAFTS (AGES 5-11)
Sundays at 10:00 am, while supplies last
October 6 theme: Insects in Amber
October 13 theme: 3D Treasure Chests
October 20 theme: Biodiversity Roof Posters
October 27 theme: Endangered Frog Models
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.


PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS
(October 2013)


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); 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.


In Partnership with the San Francisco Public Library

A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ
Featuring Professor Aaron E. Hirsh, Vermilion Sea Institute and University of Colorado, Boulder
Tuesday, October 1 at 6:00 pm

When biologist Aaron Hirsh leads 12 college students to a remote fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, they come upon a bay of dazzling beauty and richness. As the group pursues various threads of investigation—ecological and evolutionary studies of the sea, the desert, and their various species of animals and plants; the stories of local villagers; the journals of conquistadors and explorers—they recognize that the bay has changed significantly through the years. Life in the Sea of Cortez has been reshaped by complex human ideas and decisions—the laws and economics of fishing, property, and water; the fantasies of tourists seeking the wild; even efforts to retrieve species from the brink of extinction. After weathering a hurricane and encountering a rare whale in its wake, they come to see that the bay’s best chance of recovery may in fact reside in our own human stories, which can weave a compelling memory of the place. Glimpsing the intricate and ever-shifting web of human connections with the Sea of Cortez, the students comprehend anew their own place in the natural world—suspended between past and future. They come to recognize their roles in the path ahead, and ultimately come to see one another, and themselves, in a new light. In Telling Our Way to the Sea, Hirsh’s voice resounds with compassionate humanity, capturing the complex beauty of both the marine world he explores and the people he explores it with. His story is a profound meditation on our changing relationships with nature and with one another. Book signing to follow. This is a free event held at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is encouraged. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy.org/lectures, or by calling (877) 227-1831.


CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AND EXCURSION (AGES 18+):
Whales, Birds and Life of the Farallon Islands
Saturday, October 5 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Sunday, October 6 from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Led by Gary Sharlow, Photographer & Education Manager and Izzy Szczepaniak, Marine Biologist - Oceanic Society
In partnership with the Oceanic Society

Affectionately known as San Francisco’s "Galapagos Islands," the Farallon Islands serve as one of the most biologically rich and important habitats along the western coast of the United States. Come do what 99% of San Francisco residents never do… hop aboard a boat and ride out under the Golden Gate Bridge to visit one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world. The Farallon Islands, just 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco, lie amid the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a food-rich marine ecosystem that attracts whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds each summer and fall, to feed and to breed. Researchers have cataloged hundreds of individual humpbacks and blue whales as seasonal feeding residents. Twenty-three species of marine mammals, including eighteen species of whales and dolphins, can be found here. The Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge is the largest seabird rookery in the contiguous United States with nesting Tufted Puffins, Pigeon Guillemots, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres and other species. Migratory seabirds such as Shearwaters, Jaegers, and Phalaropes are also attracted by these nutrient-rich waters. Island beaches are covered with sea lions, including massive Steller's sea lions, now an endangered species. Tickets are $175 per person, $150 for Academy members. Space is limited and advanced ticketing is required. Deadline to purchase tickets is September 15. Open to 18+ unless accompanied by an adult. To purchase tickets online, visit www.calacademy.org/photography or call (877) 227-1831.


Special Performance Series

THE KEPLER STORY
Presented by Motion Institute and Morrison Planetarium
Sunday, October 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 6:30 pm

Join the Academy for the first ever prime-time Sunday evening performance series taking place in the Morrison Planetarium—the world’s largest all digital dome. A one-man performance with dramatic supporting music and full dome visuals, the Morrison Planetarium in collaboration with Motion Institute presents The Kepler Story, an innovative, immersive performance piece about the life of 17th century astronomer and mystic Johannes Kepler. The story of his life, including his discovery of the three laws of planetary motion which removed Earth once and for all from its position at the center of the Universe, took an even more dramatic turn when his mother was arrested for witchcraft and Kepler was forced to defend her. On the way to her trial, reading Galileo’s father’s book on harmony, Kepler experienced one of his greatest epiphanies about the harmony of the Universe. Tickets are $15 per person, $12 for Academy members. This is a 60-minute performance and begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Seating is limited. To purchase tickets online, visit www.calacademy.org/lectures, or call (877) 227-1831. Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

 

A Pritzker Lecture
THE ENDURING JOURNEY: NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS AND THE FUTURE OF LIFE
Featuring Dr. Charles Griswold, Schlinger Chair of Arachnology, California Academy of Sciences
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm

Natural history collections, behind the scenes in museums, document the history and scope of life on Earth through time and space. Their study is multinational and multigenerational; anyone with curiosity may make an enduring discovery. At scales of resolution ranging from molecular to global, collections provide hard data to model the past, present and future of life. Collections also present objects and patterns of sublime beauty to please and inspire. Since the Gold Rush, the California Academy of Sciences has been at the forefront of efforts to build and use collections to explore, explain and sustain life on our planet. Charles Griswold, the Academy's spider expert, will lead a virtual tour of the how, what, where and why scientists collect and what it reveals to us about life on Earth of the past, present and future. 7:00 pm; tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, free 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 the California Academy of Sciences.

 

Eye-Opening Science: Conversation and Controversy
COSMIC EVOLUTION: A SCIENTIFIC CREATION MYTH LIKE NO OTHER
Featuring David Morrison, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute and Academy Fellow
Eugenie Scott, Executive Director, National Center for Science Education, and Academy Fellow
Moderated by Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver Chair, SETI Institute, and Academy Fellow

Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 – 10:30 am

Our current standard model of cosmology is, in fact, just the latest in a long line of “creation myths.” Why does it matter that this version is told by scientists? How can we encourage the general public to adopt suggested solutions for current or pending environmental challenges, when they appear to be losing confidence in science and scientists? The speakers will share insights and discuss their latest research with Academy scientists and others in an open conversation with the public over coffee and pastries. Tickets are $35 per person ($25 for seniors and Academy members). Series passes are $90 per person ($70 for seniors and Academy members). This conversation takes place in the Boardroom, please enter through the Academy’s business entrance, located at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive in Golden Gate Park.Tickets do not include Academy admission. To purchase, visit www.calacademy.org/lectures, or call (877) 227-1831.


BRILLIANT!SCIENCE: EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE
Presented by the California Academy of Sciences and the SETI Institute
(October 10-18, 2013)

Otherworldly NightLife (AGES 21+)
Thursday, October 10 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Plunge into the mysteries of our Universe (and beyond) with a cocktail in-hand during a cosmic edition of NightLife. Every Thursday evening, NightLife features provocative science, mingling, music, creatures and cocktails for adults ages 21 and up. Extraterrestrial life welcome! Tickets are $12 per person ($10 for Academy members); additional details to be announced at www.calacademy.org/nightlife. (415) 379-8000. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco


Eye-Opening Science: Conversation and Controversy

Cosmic Evolution: A Scientific Creation Myth Like No Other
Saturday, October 12 from 9:00 – 10:30 am
Featuring David Morrison, Director, Carl Sagan Center, SETI Institute, and Academy Fellow
Eugenie Scott, Executive Director, National Center for Science Education, and Academy Fellow
Moderated by Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver Chair, SETI Institute, and Academy Fellow

Our current standard model of cosmology is, in fact, just the latest in a long line of “creation myths.” Why does it matter that this version is told by scientists? How can we encourage the general public to adopt suggested solutions for current or pending environmental challenges, when they appear to be losing confidence in science and scientists? The speakers will share insights and discuss their latest research with Academy scientists and others in an open conversation with the public over coffee and pastries. Tickets are $35 per person ($25 for seniors and Academy members). Series passes available for $90 per person ($70 for seniors and Academy members). Tickets do not include Academy admission. To purchase, please visit www.calacademy.org/brilliantscience or call (877) 227-1831. This event takes place in the Academy's Boardroom, entrance at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive in Golden Gate Park.


Brilliant!Science: Extraterrestrial Life Family Festival
Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Explore extraterrestrial life through fascinating programs and hands-on demonstrations for the whole family. Join real scientists from NASA Ames Research Center, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, SETI Institute, Kepler and more as they discuss the search for extraterrestrial life. Learn how scientists use rocks to determine what conditions might support life, use scientific data to visualize what extraterrestrial life might look like and discover how astrobiologists are currently studying the great beyond. Catch a kid-friendly showing of “We Are Aliens” inside a mini-dome theater. Plus, guest cartoonists Michael Capozzola, Jonathan Lemon, Erin Smith and others from the Cartoon Art Museum will illustrate life on other planets. Free with Academy admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. For more, visit www.calacademy.org/brilliantscience or call (415) 379-8000.


A Benjamin Dean lecture

The Search for Habitability and Life Beyond Earth: From Micro ETs to Exoplanets
Monday, October 14 at 7:30 pm
Featuring Nathalie A. Cabrol, Planetary Scientist at the Carl Sagan Center, SETI Institute
The last decade has seen a revolution in astrobiology—the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. Results returned by planetary missions in the solar system such as Messenger, Venus Express, the Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Express, MSL and the Curiosity Rover, Cassini, and Kepler, as well as multi-disciplinary research in terrestrial extreme environments have resulted in a new, inclusive, vision of astrobiology. What we learn from one planet helps us understand others, including our own, and guides the design and planning of future astrobiology-focused missions. In her presentation, Dr. Cabrol will discuss this revolution in astrobiology, with the latest updates from these various missions, and where we stand on our quest to understanding habitability and finding life beyond Earth. Tickets are $12 per person, $10 for seniors and $8 for Academy members. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is required. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy/org/brilliantscience.com or call (877) 227-1831. This event takes place at Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences.


Nerd Nite SF: Confessions of an Alien Hunter
Wednesday, October 16 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Featuring Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute, and Academy Fellow
Ryan Wyatt, Director of Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences

Seth Shostak knew he would spend his life hunting for signs of life in the universe from the time he was just 10 years old. Now, he is the senior astronomer at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute. The mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe. Shostak has published hundreds of scientific articles, written several popular books and even has his own radio show. Ryan Wyatt, director of Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, will join him on stage as Shostak reveals his latest confessions as one of this world’s leading alien hunters! We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe where nerds give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations while the audience drinks along. Tickets are $8 per person. Doors open at 7 pm and early arrival is suggested as seating is limited. Purchase tickets in advance online at www.calacademy/org/brilliantscience.com or call (877) 227-1831. This special extraterrestrial-themed Nerd Nite SF takes place at Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street, San Francisco.


Penguins + Pajamas Sleepover: Extraterrestrial Life (AGES 5-17, with adult chaperone)
Friday, October 18 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 am

Do you ever look up at the starry night sky above and wonder, “Are we alone?” Grab your sleeping bag and join us for a Brilliant!Science: Extraterrestrial Life sleepover event! Become a star gazing guru while touring our night sky at an after-hours planetarium show. Take a solar system walk to learn about our own cosmic neighborhood, the possibility of extraterrestrial life, and much more. Before bedtime, enjoy cookies and milk, then attend a late night show in the planetarium, Hohfeld Hall, or even enjoy a bedtime story in African Hall. Catch a kid-friendly showing of “We Are Aliens” inside a mini-dome theater. When the lights go out, unroll your sleeping bag in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Sleepovers include parking and next-day admission to the Academy. Tickets are $99 per person, $79 for Academy members and groups of 10+. To purchase, visit www.calacademy.org/sleepovers or call (415) 379-8000.

Brilliant!Science: Extraterrestrial Life supporting programs


Eye-Opening Science: Conversation and Controversy

Earth 2.0: Where Is It? Can We Visit? Earth: A Single Point Failure
Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 – 10:30 am
Featuring Rusty Schweickart, Chair Emeritus of the B612 Foundation, and Academy Fellow
David Des Marais, Principal Investigator, NASA Ames Research Center, and Academy Fellow
Carl Pilcher, Former Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute
Moderated by Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver Chair, SETI Institute, and Academy Fellow

Is our search for Earth 2.0 and other exoplanets an absolute requirement for humanity’s survival? Are there alternatives to moving out? What can the climate changes we study on other worlds tell us about the potential for husbanding our world successfully? Researchers from NASA will share insights and discuss their latest research with Academy scientists and others in an open conversation with the public over coffee and pastries.
Tickets are $35 per person ($25 for seniors and Academy members). Series passes available for $90 per person ($70 for seniors and Academy members). Tickets do not include Academy admission. To purchase, please visit www.calacademy.org/brilliantscience or call (877) 227-1831. This event takes place in the Academy's Boardroom, entrance at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive in Golden Gate Park.


Eye-Opening Science: Conversation and Controversy

SETI: The Archaeology of the Future
Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 – 10:30 am
Featuring Geoff Marcy, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley, and Academy Fellow
Andrew Fraknoi, Professor of Astronomy, Foothill College, and Academy Fellow
Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute, and Academy Fellow
Moderated by Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver Chair, SETI Institute, and Academy Fellow

The successful detection of a signal from another extraterrestrial technology would tell us that, on average, technology is a stabilizing influence and that we could have a long future if we get it right. Is it just a matter of time before we find extraterrestrial life? What are the statistics? What can we really learn—if we get a signal, and if we do not? How long should we listen before we transmit? Speakers will share their insights and discuss their latest research with Academy scientists and others in this open conversation with the public over coffee and pastries.
Tickets are $35 per person ($25 for seniors and Academy members). Series passes available for $90 per person ($70 for seniors and Academy members). Tickets do not include Academy admission. To purchase, please visitwww.calacademy.org/brilliantscience or call (877) 227-1831. This event takes place in the Academy's Boardroom, entrance at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive in Golden Gate Park.