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October is Members’ Month!

...And not a moment too soon: We’re thrilled to begin welcoming members back to the Academy for exclusive advance access from October 13-22! Free reservations will be available beginning October 5. (For complete reopening information, please visit our reopening page.) To celebrate the return of our favorite humans, we’ve put together an exciting line-up of virtual programs available just for you.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the California Academy of Sciences, and we can’t wait to see you in-person (or online) soon!


Members-only virtual programs

Academy head librarian Rebekah Kim

Into the Archives with Rebekah Kim
Wednesday, October 7
11 am PT (livestream)
For all ages

Take a virtual tour of the Academy's library collections with head librarian Rebekah Kim as your guide! See books dating back to the 1500s, objects that may surprise you (Alice Eastwood was a knitter!), and ask all the questions you like. Tune in to YouTube on October 7 at 11 am to participate live, or watch anytime after.


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Wild California With Cassie
Wednesday, October 14
2 pm PT (livestream)
For ages 5-10

Learn about the past of iconic California wildlife like the grizzly bear, mountain lion, and condor with Academy presenter Cassie, and explore ways we can work together to support and protect wildlife and wild places for the future. Event registrations are limited, but the program will be recorded and available on the website.

Photographer Suzi Esterhas in a field with a camera

Life Behind the Lens with Suzi Esterhas
Wednesday, October 21
11 am PT (livestream) 

Join award-winning wildlife photographer, dedicated conservationist, and BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition jury chair Suzi Eszterhas for a special members-only talk. Suzi is best known for her work documenting newborn animals and family life in the wild—in this talk, she’ll share what her life is like behind the lens (chronicled in her new book, My Wild Life), talk about her exciting new work, and answer all of your questions. (And members, we’re excited to have you come see our 2020 BigPicture exhibit when we reopen!)

Underwater photo of diver exploring Twilight Zone coral reef

Diver in a Bottle
Wednesday, October 28
10 am PT (livestream)

Experiment along with Academy presenter Cassie and learn about buoyancy, pressure, and Academy Twilight Zone research divers in this members-only Zoom call. Registration required.

Photo © Luiz Rocha


Special offers

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Members receive 20% off during the month of October at the Academy Store and The Terrace restaurant! Please present your timed ticket as proof of membership.

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For the littlest members: Members are our perfect “match!” And to celebrate you, we’ve created a special matching card game just for you.