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.

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.

Upcoming events

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Academy soon!

Tis the Season for Science (and Friends!)
December 2020
Ring in the holidays with Cookie and Peppermint, two live reindeer at the California Academy of Sciences! Like these majestic animals, we too have had to adapt. In lieu of the beloved Friends Family Breakfast, we’ve added some extra bells and whistles to the Academy’s holiday tradition. Please be on the lookout for an email with all the details.

Living Worlds: The Search Begins Morrison Planetarium show premiere
February 2021
Details to be announced.

Legacy of Hope
Spring 2021
Twice a year, 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 collection managers. You can submit questions to the speakers in advance or ask them during our live presentation.

Previously, these events were offered in-person. Now we are able to bring them to you virtually. You can view our past programs here:
November 2020: Adapting Together for an Evolving Future
May 2020: Preserving History for the Future

Eastwood Associates Appreciation
February 2021
The Academy hosts a special event to provide insider updates, say thank you, and show our appreciation of those who have provided for the future of science through a beneficiary designation in their will, trust, IRA, or with other assets. For an invitation to this event, or to learn more about how you can include the Academy in your estate plan, please contact us at