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This Fall: Jurassic in the Park

by megan on Aug. 27th, 2012 No Comments

Flying Dinosaur! Sink your teeth into prehistoric fun with a new suite of programs about the fascinating animals that once roamed Earth, and their modern descendants!

Travel through time and learn about the unique creatures that once roamed Earth during a series of “Jurassic in the Park” programs from September 4 through November 15, 2012! The new suite of programs and events focuses on the evolution of dinosaurs, sharks, birds, and living fossils that still call this planet home.

You’ll notice some new presentations within the exhibits, and the Naturalist Center is gearing up for the fall theme. We thought you might be particularly interested in the new 3D movie showing in the Forum Theater, which sticks around through the end of January!

Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Show
Forum Theater, Level 2
Shows daily at 11:00am, noon, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00 pm
September 4, 2012 – January 31, 2013

Join us on a global adventure of science and discovery featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous—“reincarnated” in stereoscopic 3D. Audiences will journey with some of the world’s preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk—or fly—among us. Recommended for ages 5+. Watch the trailer

Read the full program line-up at http://www.calacademy.org/events/jurassic/

Educator Programs on Marine Sciences

by rochelle on Aug. 10th, 2012 No Comments

We discovered two interesting opportunities for teachers that we wanted to pass along.

Coral Reef Educator on the Water Program

EPIThe Living Oceans Foundation is currently soliciting applications from high school teachers wanting to spend two weeks conducting educational activities and program development during its mission to French Polynesia. The Coral Reef Educator on the Water (CREW) program offers high school teachers the opportunity to join the Global Reef Expedition (GRE). The CREW program is designed to give first-hand experience of life on board a working scientific research vessel, a greater understanding of the importance of coral reefs, and inspiration to convey what they have learned to their students and members of their community.

Applications are due August 17, 2012.

Marine Education Fellowship

EPIEcology Project International (EPI) is accepting applications from classroom teachers and school administrators interested in attending an 8-day program at EPI’s field site in La Paz, Baja California Sur. While in Baja, participants will be based on Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve and take part in modules of the Island Ecology Program, a hands-on field ecology course offered to Mexican and U.S. student groups each spring. Participants will learn about this unique, extreme ecosystem.

Applications are due September 1, 2012.

**NOTE: These are not Academy sponsored programs. Please direct all questions and requests for more information directly to gonzalez@livingoceansfoundation.org for the CREW program or john@ecologyproject.org for the EPI program.**

Earthquake Educator Preview: Free event!

by megan on Aug. 10th, 2012 No Comments

Join us for this special event for educators only!

  • Explore the Earthquake exhibit,
  • Experience the Earthquake planetarium show,
  • Learn about the Earthquake Educator Guide, and
  • Partake in exciting educational activities.

Earthquake Faults and Magnitude
Earthquake: Life on a Dynamic Planet
Educator Preview
Wednesday, August 15th
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Free admission. RSVP online required.

Tell your education colleagues about this exciting opportunity!

Growing Up Asian: Our Oceans Contest 2012

by megan on Aug. 9th, 2012 2 Comments

2012 Middle School Student Essay and Art Contest: Our Oceans
Presented by the Asian Pacific Fund and the California Academy of Sciences

coral_reef_at_palmyra_fish_gameMiddle school students can share their wonder of and desire to protect one of our most precious resources by entering our essay and art contest!

Growing up Asian in America is an annual essay and art contest. The contest always has a theme, and prizes are awarded each year. This year there is an added program with prizes for a science contest about oceans.

First Place: $500
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $100

Get Inspired!

  • Visit the Academy for free with your family. The first 100 registered participants for the contest receive a free family pass to the Academy! You can also visit for free with the Check Out San Francisco Pass available at San Francisco Public Libraries or the Discover and Go Pass available at Oakland Public Libraries.
  • Come face to face with the creatures in the Philippine Coral Reef and California Coast exhibits.
  • Delve deeper into ocean ecosystems with the library resources and specimens in the Naturalist Center.
  • Participate in the Dive into Coral Reefs program at public library branches. Dates, times and locations to be announced soon.

Growing Up Asian: Our Oceans Contest 2012 >>
Our Oceans Contest Rules and Entry Form >>

Contest made possible through the generosity of Loretta Huahn and the support of the Oakland and San Francisco Public Libraries.