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Creatures of the night—the Academy has you covered. While we prepare to welcome you back to NightLife (in person) in 2021, you can join our free virtual NightSchool programs on Thursday evenings! Drop in for these informal online "classes" that bring an eclectic mix of science and culture to you. Streaming live Thursdays at 7 pm PT (and available as recordings afterwards) on the Academy’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Please note: The Academy is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.

Upcoming Events

January 28th at 7:00 pm

Get a crash course in anthropology—from human evolution to human cultures, past and present.

February 4th at 7:00 pm

Come virtual birdwatching with us to explore the world of pelicans, gulls, waders, and other coastal birds.

February 11th at 7:00 pm

Celebrate the beginning of a new lunar year with an ode to the moon.

February 18th at 7:00 pm

Close your eyes and listen to music, nature, and the universe during an evening dedicated to surprising sounds.

February 25th at 7:00 pm

Learn about the now-extinct iconic California grizzly bears that once roamed the entire length of the state.

Best of 2020 Livestreams

Get to know our new livestream series, Breakfast Club and NightSchool, with a list of 10 viewer favorites from 2020.

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