White Ibis Among Mangroves at Weedon Island; Photo: Matthew Paulson

Credit: Matthew Paulson


Join us Thursday, May 19, at 7 pm PT for a free NightSchool livestream!

NightSchool is in session on first and third Thursdays.

Against all odds, mangrove forests seemingly do it all. Learn how these amazing coastal ecosystems transform hot, muddy, salty swamps into thriving nurseries for marine life and above-ground habitat for other wildlife—and do more of their fair share of carbon storage.


  • Dr. Cinda Scott, Center Director at The School for Field Studies in Panamá, introduces us to the beauty and wonder of mangroves—and the work being done at the intersections of marine biology, conservation, and social science to save mangrove forests in a rapidly changing world.
  • Dr. Mayda Nathan, Communications Associate with the Ecological Society of America, takes us above water for a closer look at the insect (and other arthropod) life finding homes in mangrove branches.
  • Dr. Octavio Aburto, photographer and professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, delves into the ecological history and mystery of a population of red mangroves that grow along the San Pedro Mátir River in the Yucatan Peninsula, over 100 miles from their usual coastal habitat. 

All NightSchool virtual programming is intended for audiences 21+.



Missed the party? Just want to relive the magic? Watch the recorded livestreams on YouTube!


Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Discover how a deeper understanding of Earth might help us spot other living worlds light-years away.

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

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Upcoming ticketed museum events

May 26th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy. Plus, catch a sneak peek of new exhibits, Bugs and Hidden Wonders.

June 2nd at 6:00 pm

Crawl over to NightLife and meet the stars of our newest exhibit: Bugs.

June 9th at 6:00 pm

Will you go to prom with us? Bust out your best prom fit for a night of dancing, live music, and more.

June 16th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different. For adults 21+.

Upcoming free virtual events

June 2nd at 7:00 pm

Get a closer look at the cutting-edge coral reef research being done at the Academy & across the world.

June 16th at 7:00 pm

Explore the wide world of snails, from venomous ocean-dwellers to big-city inhabitants.