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.

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Local Expedition: Spiders, Scorpions, Bats, and Stars
Saturday, September 24, 2022 | 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

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 tarantula and 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 September 9 to reserve your spot.

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. Eastwood Associates are invited to join us on May 12 for Legacy of Hope: From Tam to Tidepools. 

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.