Individuals and families who give over $10,000 to the California Academy of Sciences enjoy special programming exclusive to members of the Platinum Circle. Some of the most popular events are the bi-annual “Local Expeditions,” where donors and Academy scientists visit areas of ecological importance near the Bay Area to learn about what makes them so fascinating and irreplaceable.
On Saturday, June 18, Platinum Circle members joined Academy scientists, educators, and partners for a Local Expedition to explore an iconic landscape at Blue Dot Farm in Marin County. The farm is home to a number of diverse California ecosystems – a stream habitat, redwood grove with flora and fauna, and an oak woodland area.
The biodiversity of California is unique but it is also under threat. Guests learned about what we can do in our everyday lives that can make a big difference at a global scale. The group observed over 100 species using the Academy’s smartphone app, iNaturalist, which helps track large-scale changes in natural environments and enjoyed a streamside catered lunch featuring local, sustainable fare.