An orange and red striped fish rests atop a coral colony

March is our time to celebrate you. Because of your world-changing support, the Academy can carry out its mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.

Enjoy a full month of free, members-only activities and events—including Sunday morning animal feedings! Explore Academy secrets with our knowledgeable docents and be the first to see our new planetarium show Expedition Reef. Plus, only members enjoy additional store discounts and dining specials all month long. 

Don't Miss!

A spotted moray gets his teeth cleaned by a shrimp in the Expedition Reef preview

Member Preview: Expedition Reef
Thursday, March 15, 10:30 am & 3:30 pm
Morrison Planetarium

Members are the first to embark on a journey into the hidden world of coral reefs in this all-new, all-digital, Academy original planetarium show.

Advance tickets are now sold out, but a limited quantity of tickets will be available for walk-up members on the day of the preview. 

NASA livestream event on Sun-Earth interaction

Livestream Event: 3D Sun-Earth Interaction
Saturday, March 24, 1:30 pm

Join us for a special livestream from the American Museum of Natural History, featuring NASA scientists explaining the science behind Sun and Earth phenomena such as eclipses and the aurora borealis. Members only. Recommended for ages 8+. RSVP required.


Member Talks

Academy arachnologist Lauren Esposito smiles in front of jars of animal specimens

The Secret Lives of Arachnids
with Dr. Lauren Esposito
Friday, March 9, 2018, 2:30 pm

The Academy's resident arachnologist, Dr. Lauren Esposito, will introduce you to the fascinating world of spiders and scorpions, from recent discoveries to mysteries that remain. Recommended for ages 8+. RSVP required.

Dr. Michelle Trautwein is all smiles aboard a boat on the Amazon

Face Mites: A Story of Discovery, Evolution, and Intrigue
with Dr. Michelle Trautwein
Monday, March 19, 2:30 pm

Our face mites are perhaps our closest companions, yet we know very little about them. Let Academy entomologist Dr. Michelle Trautwein answer some of the questions that may have been...bugging you. Recommended for ages 8+. RSVP required.

Steinhart Aquarium curator Charles Delbeek

Explore Hidden Reefs
with Charles Delbeek and Ryan Shaeffer
​Tuesday, March 20, 9 am

Steinhart Aquarium curator Charles Delbeek and biologist Ryan Shaeffer discuss the evolution of our newly refreshed Hidden Reef exhibit, from the concept phase to the development of animal care plans. Recommended for ages 8+. RSVP required.

Academy botanist Dr. Nathalie Nagalingum looks at fern specimens in the Academy collections

Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Ferns
with Dr. Nathalie Nagalingum
Wednesday, March 28, 2:30 pm

In some cultures, fern spores are thought to hold the secret to invisibility. Before you disappear, however, don't miss Dr. Nagalingum's lecture on the science and folklore of these ancient and mystical plants. Recommended for ages 8+. RSVP required.


Family Fun

View of the Terrace Restaurant

The Terrace Members' Brunch
Sundays, 10-11 am
The Terrace Restaurant

Enjoy a delicious start to Members' Month! Visit the West Garden for fresh air, a special menu of La Boulangerie pastries and quiches for purchase, and a complimentary mimosa or orange juice to jump-start your museum day. No reservations necessary.

Guests are silhouetted against the glass of the California Coast exhibit

Life on the Coral Reef: Insights and Innovations
​Sundays, 10 am & 1 pm; Tuesdays, 9:30 am
Meet at Information Desk

This docent walk takes you behind the scenes to explore the amazing discoveries and new conservation solutions developed by Academy scientists working to restore coral reefs.

The interior of the Morrison Planetarium, with an image of Jupiter on screen

Stories of the Solar System
Tuesdays, 9:30 am; Sundays, 10:30 am
Morrison Planetarium

How did our Solar System form and where do we look for evidence of its earliest days? Blast off into fascinating space mysteries in this new members-only show.


Great for Kids

Visitors marvel at Claude the albino American alligator in the Swamp exhibit

Swamp Feedings
Sunday, March 4 & 18, 10:45 am
The Swamp

Discover what biologists feed our 22-year-old albino alligator for breakfast. Questions encouraged!

Graceful stingrays "fly" through the Reef Lagoon

Lagoon Feedings
Sunday, March 11 & 25, 10:45 am
Reef Lagoon

Chomp, chomp! Meet our biologists for an up-close lagoon feeding with the Academy’s stingrays and bony fish.

Colors of Spanish Storytime

Colors of Spanish Storytime
Tuesday, March 13 & 27, 9 am

Join Guadalupe of Colors of Spanish for an ocean-themed (March 13) or spring-themed (March 27) Spanish storytime. Enjoy song, stories, music, and movement as you start your littlest ones on the path to bilingualism! For 1-5 years with parental supervision.

A pink and orange striped fish atop a coral colony

Under the Sea Storytime
Monday-Friday, March 15-30, 10 am
Science Today

Small fries will love readings of Marianne Burke’s Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef, featuring puppet friends and plenty of audience interaction.


Afternoons at the Academy

Afternoons at the Academy

On weekday afternoons, there’s a good chance you’ll have the Academy practically to yourself—which means more room to roam, and more time for special programs and members-only happenings.

New Member Offer MM SP/SU 2018 fine print

*New Member General Admission Ticket Offer Details: Join by April 30, 2018, and receive up to three complimentary general admission tickets to the California Academy of Sciences. Offer available for Individual, Teacher and Senior levels (1 ticket), Family and Family Plus levels (2 tickets), and Associate level (3 tickets). Complimentary tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase of new or renewing membership and have no cash value. Offer is not retroactive and may not be combined with other offers.