Donor tidepooling excursion at Pillar Point

Throughout the year, Academy supporters are invited to a suite of exciting, exclusive, curated events, from scientist-led field expeditions to exhibit and planetarium show premieres, guest lectures, and more. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Academy soon!

For more information or to RSVP to these or other events, please contact us at or 415-379-5420. Please note that all events are subject to change.

Upcoming Events

Spring Forward Science Soiree

Spring Forward: A Science Soiree
Thursday, April 22 | 7pm

Spring Forward with the Academy as our Executive Director, Dr. Scott Sampson, shares our bold new strategic mission for a healthier, more resilient, and wilder future through science, learning, and collaboration.

From the comfort of your living room, dive into science and learn how the Academy is providing Hope for Reefs with Dr. Rebecca Albright; be immersed in our educational resources and public programs with Amy Miller and the beauty of our own backyards; and join Dr. Brian Fisher and hear more about the power of collaborative engagement. Then, let loose with a virtual afterparty complete with musical entertainment broadcast from the Academy. 

Thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors, this event is free for all to attend. Please join us!

Goldfinch perched in wildflowers

Local Expedition 2021: Spring Wildflower Hike
Saturday, May 1 at Russian Ridge Trail

Friends Circle supporters with annual contributions of $10,000 and above are invited to join Academy scientists for a morning hike amidst the springtime splendor of California’s thriving landscapes at Abbotts Lagoon or Russian Ridge Trail. Meet the Academy’s new Assistant Curator of Botany and Howell Chair of Western North American Botany, Sarah Jacobs, PhD, and marvel at the diverse beauty of our local flora and fauna. Dr. Jacobs will be leading the expedition and introducing our guests to the native birds, butterflies, and botany of our region.

Please RSVP to by March 29 for more information and to reserve your space.

Planetarium shows Earthquake and Incoming

Academy Movie Night at the Drive-In
Wednesday, May 12 at Fort Mason Center

Friends Circle supporters with annual contributions of $6,000 and above are invited to join the California Academy of Sciences for an exclusive drive-in theater experience that is out of this world! Enjoy award-winning Planetarium films, Earthquake and Incoming!, a sneak preview of our new upcoming film, and a look at the night sky with the Morrison Planetarium Team.
Please RSVP to by May 7 to reserve your space.

Sharks Exhibit at California Academy of Sciences

Donor Preview of Sharks exhibit
Donor Preview: Wednesday, May 26 | 2pm-8pm
Donor & Member Preview: Thursday, May 27

Friends Circle supporters with annual contributions of $1,000 and above are invited to an early preview of our new out-of-water exhibit, Sharks. Created by Grande Experiences, and generously supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation, this exhibit explores the critical role these awe-inspiring and majestic predators play in ocean eco systems. 

Please RSVP to by May 20 to reserve your timed entry window. 

Legacy of Hope

Legacy of Hope
Fall 2021

In partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Academy offers a special program for our Eastwood Associates to hear directly from our esteemed scientists and collections managers. You can submit questions to the speakers in advance or ask them during our live presentation.

Previously, these events were offered in-person. Now we are able to bring them to you virtually. View our past programs here: