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Cycads are older than dinosaurs and more endangered than any other group of organisms on Earth, but for something with those impressive superlatives, their plight is woefully obscure. If you’ve ever looked at dinosaur art, you know what cycads look like: They’re the flora in the background, palm-like but with stout trunks and large cones. Learn all about this fascinating group of plants, their intriguing reproductive cycle, and the cutting-edge DNA techniques researchers are using to help save them, all in this special NightSchool episode in honor of Dr. Nathalie Nagalingum, the Academy’s McAllister Chair and Associate Curator of Botany.

Featuring: Maia Jones, Jian Liu, & Manuel Luján

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All NightSchool virtual programming is intended for audiences 21+.



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December 1st at 6:00 pm

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, everyone 21+ is invited to shop the halls at our annual holiday bazaar!

December 8th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy. For adults 21+.

Upcoming free virtual events

December 1st at 7:00 pm

Meet the group of plants that are older than dinosaurs and the most endangered organisms on Earth.

December 15th at 7:00 pm

Reflect on a changing world with performers and poets whose work sits at the intersection of art and science.