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.

Donor Exhibit Premiere for Hidden Wonders and Bugs

Donor Exhibit Premiere: Bugs and Hidden Wonders
Wednesday, May 25 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Donor Circle supporters are invited to an exclusive premiere of the Academy’s two newest awe-inspiring exhibits. Bugs is a fantastical bug-themed exhibit by Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, generously supported by The Bernard Osher Foundation. Hidden Wonders invites you into the rarified world of the Academy’s vast scientific collections, the inaugural exhibition in the new Pauline and Tom Tusher Collections Gallery. Guests will enjoy a light reception with hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and special programming. Both exhibits open to the public on Friday, May 27. 
RSVP by May 16 to

Graphic representation of the TRAPPIST-1 system and its seven planets.

Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
Monday, June 6 | 7:30 pm

Benjamin Dean Astronomy lectures are back! Click here to learn more about the next mind-expanding talk and presentation by the brightest stars in the field of astronomy.
Donor Circle supporters receive free admission to these lectures. Discount is applied at checkout.

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
Recording of lecture to come soon - please stay tuned!

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.