Members of The Hive enjoy access to exclusive, curated events including scientist-led expeditions and excursions, exhibit openings, cocktail parties, lectures, citizen science workshops, and more.

Upcoming Hive Events

Star Wars storm troopers in the Academy rainforest

Tuesday, March 27, 6:30-9:30 pm
Hive Movie Night in Morrison Planetarium

Join us for movie snacks, beer and wine, and a special screening of YOUR favorite science film in Morrison Planetarium—the world’s largest all-digital dome! Hive members vote on the winning flick.

Please RSVP to hive@calacademy.org by March 20th.

SF Coastline

Saturday, April 21, 10 am - 12 pm
Lands End Coastal Nature Walk

Spring has sprung and it’s time to get out and about in the city! Join The Hive and Annetta Black of Odd Salon on a coastal walking tour of Land’s End.

Learn about the eccentricities of Sutro and his famous baths, wander past the old Octagon House that once served as a watch-house for incoming ships, hear spooky stories about the cemetery that still lies beneath the Lincoln Golf Course, and top it off with a visit to the hidden labyrinth overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. 

This event is limited to Hive members only and space is limited. Please RSVP to hive@calacademy.org by April 13th.

Colorful lights inside the Academy's Big Bang Party After Dark dance floor

Thursday, May 10, 8:30 pm – midnight
Big Bang: Party After Dark

Hive members enjoy countless events, including complimentary tickets to the Bay’s biggest bash of the year—Big Bang: Party After Dark ($125 ticket value). NEW THIS YEAR: Hive members will receive access to the VIP lounge at our annual Gala after party.



Past Hive Events

close up of colorful beetles with the Hive logo

Thursday, February 15, 6:30 – 8 pm
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Academy Collections

Join us for a special tour of the Academy's collections and a behind-the-scenes look into the Steinhart Aquarium! Rumor has it, we might even check out the large mammal collection and our masticating beetle room. Enjoy drinks and appetizers before, and all of NightLife after. Now that's a Thursday night.

Close-up shot of a seedling

Saturday, January 20, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
​Planting Party with Sloat Garden Center

Enjoy a talk with Jen Strobel, Garden Designer, about companion planting principles: the practice of combining plants in ways that produce extra benefits for one or both. Then get your hands dirty at a planting session and create your own mini take-home planter!


2017 Hive Events

  • December 12: Academy Holiday Member Night
  • November 8: Stargazing on the Living Roof
  • October 26: 3rd Annual Halloween NightLife Private Lounge
  • August & September: Pick-Your-Own-Event at the Asian Art Museum
  • August 5: Volunteer Outing at SF Botanical Garden
  • July 11: Nature Sketch Workshop with John Muir Laws
  • June 10: Angel Island Excursion
  • May 17: Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs Exhibit Premiere
  • April 27: Big Bang: Party After Dark
  • March 24: Annual Hive Movie Night in the Planetarium
  • February 16: Beer Week NightLife - drink tickets
  • February 1: Seminar with Jennifer Pahlka at the Long Now Foundation
  • January 26: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Academy Collections

2016 Hive Events

  • December 6 and 13: Academy Holiday Member Nights
  • October 27: 2nd Annual Halloween NightLife Private Lounge
  • October 8: Private Gem Vault Tour
  • September 25: Baker Beach Cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation
  • August 18: The Hive vs. Exploratorium Lab: Science Pub Trivia
  • July 28: BigPicture NightLife Premiere
  • July 14: Scavenger Hunt at the Academy
  • May 21: History and Nature Tour of Golden Gate Park
  • April 28: Big Bang: Party After Dark
  • March 16: Hive Movie Screening at the Academy
  • March 9: Incoming! Planetarium Premiere and Reception
  • February 11: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Academy Collections
  • January 16: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Volunteer Outing

2015 Hive Events


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