• A visitor looks up at a giant coast redwood at Prairie Creek State Park
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  • Flamingo chick peeks out from its mothers feathers in photo by Claudio Contreras
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  • The Living Roof of the Academy with a green filter
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  • Guests on the elevated walkway inside the Academy's lush indoor rainforest
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  • Guests enthralled by a diver demonstrating scuba techniques inside the Philippine Coral Reef exhibit
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Visit an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.

Pierre the penguin

Watch Penguins Live

Meet our African penguins and watch them swim, waddle, and dine—our webcams stream live from the Academy 24/7.

Steinhart Aquarium

A woman and child in front of the Philippine Coral Reef tank

Come face-to-fin with 40,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to free-flying butterflies in a 4-story rainforest.


SuperNatural is the Academy's annual Halloween party fundraiser

On October 27, trick-or-treat your way through the Academy at night among eerie animals and spooky specimens.

Penguins+Pajamas Sleepovers

Family of 4 happily posing in their sleeping bags in front of coral reef exhibit

An Academy sleepover is a dream come true for little animal-lovers. Tickets still available for November 9!


Fanciful illustration of NightLife guests and Academy animals by artist Lydia Ortiz

The Academy transforms after dark with live music, cocktails, and a different theme every week for adults 21+.


Our mission is to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.


In the lab and in the field, our scientists study the diversity and interconnectedness of life on Earth.

Hope for Reefs


Our team of science educators creates free resources for teachers and students worldwide.

Environmental Literacy Initiative


From our green building to our breeding programs, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.

Sustainability in Action

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