WHAT we do

The California Academy of Sciences is the only major institution in the world to house a natural history museum, aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and research facility under one living roof. The Academy is also the greenest museum in the world, with a LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This multifaceted scientific institution is committed to exploring, explaining and protecting the natural world through leading-edge research, educational outreach, and finding new and innovative ways to engage the public with science.

WHO we are

The Academy is the oldest scientific institution in the west, established in 1853 by a small group of doctors, businessmen and community leaders who wanted an intellectual center to study and document the wildlife and geology of California before industry and increased population of the Gold Rush era changed the region’s natural habitats. Today more than 100 Academy scientists work all over the world discovering new species, documenting habitats and understanding how to preserve natural resources.

WHY we do it

For over 100 years, the Academy has operated a museum with public exhibits to complement its research activities and share the excitement of science and nature with the public. When people make a connection with nature, it spurs their curiosity and often inspires an interest in protecting the environment and its inhabitants. The Academy’s collection of 26 million research specimens serve as a library of life for future generations of scientists.

See more at: http://calacademy.org

Here's How My Celebration Can Help...

$15 Pays for a teacher to receive 2-4 hours of professional development to support teaching science effectively in the classroom.
$110 Provides the special stethoscope our scientists need to listen to the lungs of the penguins in our collection.
$300 Buys resources for Academy Classroom Kits that extend the museum into classrooms around the Bay Area, using real specimens, worksheets, visual aids, and more.