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Diving into the World of Sharks

by rockprogram on Oct. 17th, 2012 No Comments

Tiger SharkSharks! Every October, the Bay Area recognizes this month as Sharktober. It is a time of the year where we get to learn more about these misunderstood and mysterious creatures of the ocean. These fascinating creatures have special adaptations for surviving, hunting, and thriving in the ocean. Come check out our Reef Lagoon and California Coast exhibits to observe our living collection.

Although sharks are generally regarded as terrifying creatures of the deep, only 10 out of the 465 species of Sharks reach lengths of over 13 feet. In fact, human activities over the past century have become a greater threat to the existence of these animals. So come on in and learn what you can do to help sharks and ocean life.

Come explore the Mystery!

At the Academy Come explore the wonder about these underwater beauties in the following ways:

  • Get up close and personal with shark specimens during Specimen Spotlight on Thursday October 18 at 11:30 am in our Naturalist Center.
  • Our littlest visitors can join the Science Story Adventures on Sunday 21st in the Naturalist Center as well.
  • Bring your crafty skills to participate in the Family Nature Crafts Program on October 29th at 10:00 am to create your very own paper plate shark and more!
  • Come separate the fact from fiction with Steinhart biologists during scheduled feedings at the Reef Lagoon every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 pm.
  • Talk with a biologist about our Sharks on Saturdays at 12:30pm at Science in Action.

At Home Explore the science of sharks and their conservation at home by trying out any of the following:

  • This fun game uses commonly found kitchen items to explore how fishing affects sharks.
  • The Seafood Watch Program helps families choose fish to eat that are caught sustainably.
  • Make shark lawn ornaments! Not only are they amusing, they can convey important messages too.

Outdoors in the Bay Want to explore sharks in their home environments? If so, take a trip to any of these awesome places:

On the Web Get your shark fix by taking the time to explore these amazing shark videos and web cams!

  • John McCosker, one of the Academy’s Science Heroes, explains how he got into studying white sharks.
  • Try to glimpse a white shark, or other local critters in the wild using this Farallones Island Web Cam.

Free Family Events hosted by NAAEE

by rockprogram on Oct. 5th, 2012 No Comments


The North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) is dedicated to building leadership and excellence in environmental education, and inspiring people to learn, care, and act to create a more just and sustainable society. This year Oakland is hosting the NAAEE’s annual conference in Oakland and NAAEE would love to celebrate with you and your family! Gather your family on Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th for two fun-filled events.

Begin by making Friday, October 12th, movie night! If you love chimpanzees, or all things ape, you’re in for a special treat. Reserve your seats, as space is limited, for a special screening of Disneynature’s Chimpanzee at the Oakland Convention Center.

On October 13th, from 3pm-6pm, continue your family outing at the Oakland Convention Center. You’ll have a festive time! Join NAAEE for their first-ever family festival, Rockin’ with EE! There will be music, art, exhibits, prizes, live animals from Oakland Zoo, and more! So don’t hesitate, join in on the fun!