Join us Thursday, February 3, at 7 pm PT for a free NightSchool livestream!

Beneath the soil is a vast underground network of mycorrhizal fungi that’s unseen by humans, but crucial to thriving forests. From nutrient exchanges and complex warning systems, learn more about the fascinating relationship between plants and the fungi that support them.

  • How do plants and fungi interact, and why does it matter? Dr. Kabir Peay, Associate Professor of Biology at Stanford, digs into how mycorrhizal fungi shape the distribution of trees across the planet, and how they’ll play a role in forest resiliency in the face of climate change.
  • Buried deep below farms are intricate networks of symbiotic fungi that provide a myriad of benefits to agricultural crops. Dr. Aidee Guzman, a postdoctoral fellow at UC Irvine, talks about the opportunities to harness these fungi for healthy soils—and healthy plants.
  • While it’s widely known that mammals help disperse truffle spores, little is known about how birds play a role. But in the rainforests of southern Chile, they do: Dr. Marcos Vinicius Caiafa Sepulveda, a fungal ecologist at UC Riverside, is exploring how the truffle diet of certain bird species is boosting the health of their forest home.

All NightLife virtual programming is intended for audiences 21+.



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Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Discover how a deeper understanding of Earth might help us spot other living worlds light-years away.

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Find out where the Apollo astronauts left their footprints, what they found, and why we may want to go back.

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Upcoming ticketed museum events

June 2nd at 6:00 pm

Crawl over to NightLife and meet the stars of our newest exhibit: Bugs.

June 9th at 6:00 pm

Will you go to prom with us? Bust out your best prom fit for a night of dancing, live music, and more.

June 16th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different. For adults 21+.

June 23rd at 6:00 pm

Kick off Pride weekend with NightLife and SF's only all-Black drag show, Reparations.

June 30th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals. For adults 21+.

Upcoming free virtual events

June 2nd at 7:00 pm

Get a closer look at the cutting-edge coral reef research being done at the Academy & across the world.

June 16th at 7:00 pm

Explore the wide world of snails, from venomous ocean-dwellers to big-city inhabitants.