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.

Friends Family Breakfast on blue background with snowflake

Friends Family Breakfast
Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Donors at Friends Circle and above are invited to celebrate the winter season with a hosted breakfast and early access to the Academy. Enjoy a morning of family-friendly hands-on activities, crafts, and scientific programming. 

RSVP information to come soon!


Past Event Recordings

Peter Roopnarine with Smilodon saber-toothed tiger specimen

Lilienthal Lecture & Donor Reception
Fossils, Ecosystems, and Ecological Regeneration:

Explaining the Past, Predicting the Future

Dr. Peter Roopnarine, the Academy’s Curator of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology, discusses his research studying the rise and fall of ancient ecosystems to understand how ecosystems today may respond to current human-driven crises, such as biodiversity loss and climate change. This lecture is part of the Claire Matzger Lilienthal Distinguished Lecture Series. Watch the recording here.

Legacy of Hope

Legacy of Hope
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:

Image of wildflowers with copy, "Eastwood Associates Symposium: Thriving California."

Eastwood Associates Symposium: Thriving California

The Academy’s Sarah Jacobs, Assistant Curator of Botany and the Howell Chair of Western North American Botany, digs a bit deeper into our Thriving California initiative.

Check out the recording here

Chen Brain and Mind lecture

Chen Institute Brain & Mind Lecture and Donor Reception

For this inaugural lecture, Academy Trustee Dr. Adam Gazzaley discussed how emerging technologies can provide insight into neuroscience and how other interactive advancements—video games, augmented reality, and virtual reality—can potentially treat conditions like ADHD, dementia, and depression. 

Watch the recording here.