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.

Seal diving in water and staring at covid face mask

BigPicture Donor Reception
Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Donor Circle supporters at giving levels of $3,000 and higher are invited to an intimate discussion with award-winning photographer, Ralph Pace, and Academy Chief of Science, Dr. Shannon Bennett, as they discuss the transformative power of photography and the impact of COVID-19 on our oceans and society. Then, join us at NightLife: BigPicture, celebrating the winners of the Academy's 8th annual wildlife photography competition. RSVP by October 7 to reserve your spot for the donor event.

SuperNatural 2021

Friday, October 22, 2021

VIP entry begins at 5pm | General Admission 6:30-9pm

Join us for this family-friendly fundraiser featuring phantasmagoric fun with science, specimens, and of course, trick-or-treating. Explore the Academy in costume and enjoy a (safe) evening of revelry! From a teen lounge to tours of the solar system and so much more—don't miss the Halloween event of the season. Or if you can't make it, sponsor a family to attend here.

Local Expedition at Mount Diablo with scorpion on black background

Local Expedition
Scorpions, Winged Creatures of the Night, and Stars!
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Donor Circle supporters at giving levels of $10,000 and higher are invited to a special evening under the stars with Academy scientists on a Local Expedition to Mt. Diablo. Guests will have the opportunity to discover local scorpion species with Dr. Lauren Esposito, detect bats and owls with Dr. Shannon Bennett and Dr. Durrell Kapan, and enjoy the awe-inspiring starry night with the Academy’s astronomy experts. RSVP by October 15 to reserve your spot.

Living Worlds Planetarium show donor premiere

Living Worlds Planetarium Premiere
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Donor Circle supporters at giving levels of $1,500 and higher are invited to an exclusive donor preview of Living Worlds, the Academy’s newest original planetarium show. Join us for a welcome reception in the Piazza and a panel discussion moderated by the senior director of Morrison Planetarium, Ryan Wyatt, with special guests, including Natalie Batalha, professor and award-winning astronomer of the Kepler MissionRSVP by October 25 to reserve your spot.

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. 

View our past virtual programs here: