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March is Members’ Month!

We’re honored to spend the month of March celebrating and thanking our members for their ongoing, vital support of the California Academy of Sciences. Explore this page to see what's in store, from animal feedings and exclusive members-only talks to deep discounts on dining, tours, and more.

Not a member? Join or renew today to take full advantage of Members' Month offerings!

Members' Month Calendar and more events coming soon!

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In-person & virtual Member Talks

Dr. Indre Viskontas presenting in African Hall

Seeing Eye to Eye: What another person's viewpoint can tell us about our brains
Tuesday, March 7 | 3-4 pm PT
Boardroom & Livestreamed

Paradoxical facilitation is a term neurologists use to describe situations in which people with a neurodegenerative disease, or brain injury, develop or show an enhanced ability. Neuroscientist, stage director and Osher Fellow Dr. Indre Viskontas will demonstrate the value of seeing the world through another person's perspective, drawing on work from patients with dementia and other neurological conditions, and relate these findings to the ongoing BigPicture conservation photography competition and survey currently on display in the Piazza.

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Legacy Symposium: Hope for Reefs

Legacy Symposium: Hope for Reefs
Tuesday, March 21 | 1-2 pm PT
Livestreamed only

You are invited to a livestream of the Legacy Symposium: Hope for Reefs, featuring Bart Shepherd, Senior Director of Steinhart Aquarium and Co-Director of the Academy's Hope for Reefs initiative. Bart will take us deeper into Phase II of the initiative, where the team is building powerful pathways—biodiversity science, environmental learning, and collaborative engagement—to reverse the rapid decline of Earth’s reefs in this generation.‌

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Sunday Member Hour

Image from Dark Universe

Planetarium Talk: Authoring Dark Universe
Sunday, March 5 | 10:30-11:15 am PT
Morrison Planetarium

Join award-winning author Timothy Ferris to discuss his scriptwriting for Dark Universe, as the show makes its return to Morrison Planetarium this month, and learn about the challenges of presenting complex ideas about cosmology in a 25-minute show. Ferris will be in conversation with Ryan Wyatt, the Academy’s Senior Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization, and Dark Universe will show immediately after the conversation and Q&A.

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The Terrace

Sunday Members’ Brunch
Every Sunday in March | 10-11 am PT
Terrace Restaurant | West Garden

Start your Sunday morning at the museum with a complimentary mimosa or orange juice and selection of freshly baked pastries for purchase (while supplies last; limit one drink per member).

No RSVP required to attend.

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Naturalist Center

Naturalist Center Activities
Sunday, March 19 & 26 | 10-11 am PT
Naturalist Center

The Naturalist Center will open during Member Hour for some hands-on investigative activities. Explore skull adaptations or experiment with iridescence with our Academy Naturalist Teen volunteers!

No RSVP required to attend.

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Exclusive animal experiences

Claude on a rock

Swamp Feedings
Tuesday, March 7 & 21 | 8:45 am PT
The Swamp

Join our biologists for a live feeding of Claude, everyone's favorite American alligator with albinism, and find out what he eats for breakfast. Questions encouraged!

No RSVP required to attend.

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Children viewing the lagoon through a porthole

Lagoon Feedings
Tuesday, March 14 & 28 | 8:45 am PT
The Lagoon

Watch in awe as Academy biologists feed our rays as they glide beneath your feet. Explore the fascinating adaptations of these ocean cruisers and their relatives, and learn about what you can do to keep them and their ocean homes healthy.

No RSVP required to attend.

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Penguins

Penguin Feedings
Every Sunday in March | 10:30 am PT
African Hall

Learn all about our charismatic African penguin colony from Academy biologists during these Sunday breakfasts and special enrichment activity. Unable to visit in person? Tune in to the penguin cam to see the feedings live!

No RSVP required to attend.

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First time registering for an event in Member Connect? Member Connect is the Academy’s new online platform for members-only exclusive livestream programs, all ages on-demand science content, and a digital community of like-minded learners.

To login, simply click here, enter your email address, and receive an access link in your email to start exploring and registering for programs right away! Visit our FAQ page for more information.

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