Explore the Amazon rainforest from the lush forest floor to the dizzying heights of the canopy and all the way from space in our all-new, live 3D show.

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See the forest and the trees. A single tree in a rainforest is home to a wide range of insects, mammals, and birds, while the world’s rainforests contain a staggering amount of biodiversity—more than half of all species on land. But a rainforest is even more than its impressive number of organisms; it’s a powerful system, and its well-being is critical to sustaining Earth and its inhabitants.

Follow Academy scientists on expeditions into the Amazon and travel into space to view real satellite imagery tracking rain and carbon data. Get a new perspective on how rainforests impact life on Earth, why their health is so important, and what’s being done to protect them.

This 20-minute show is hosted live and features pre-recorded spots by Academy scientists, including entomologist Brian Fisher, canopy researcher Meg Lowman, and Executive Director Jonathan Foley.

© Geoff Gallice; Wikimedia Commons

Hurrah for Ants

Join a colony of leafcutter ants as they go marching one by one—and by the millions—across the floor of the Amazon collecting foliage for their colonies. Though individually small, leafcutter ants have a huge collective impact on the health of rainforest soil.

Meg Lowman in canopy © Rob Nelson

Live from the Treetops

New research is being done in the rainforest every day, from pioneering conservation work to implementing technology to monitor forest health. Keep your finger on the pulse of rainforest exploration as live Academy presenters share updates from the field.

© Eric Kilby

Hanging Ten

They’ll never win a race, but sloths stay slow and steady for good reason. Their low-speed lifestyle keeps the trees they hang in healthy by supplying nutrients and supporting habitats for important algae and fungi.

TRMM rainforest data

Rainforests Make Rain

Rainforests may cover only two-percent of the Earth’s surface, but they affect the planet’s water, energy, and carbon cycles in a major way. Get a look at how these vital ecosystems affect weather all over the world—and maybe even right over your head.

Experience the Wonder

Visit an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.

Daily Screenings

Shows at 11 am, 12 pm, and 1 pm on weekdays and 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm on weekends in the Forum Theater. Check the daily calendar for more schedule information.

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