Visit an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.
Earth has always been a place of constant flux, but the change accelerating around us today is far from natural. Plant and animal species are vanishing at a rate unmatched since the age of the dinosaurs—in many cases before we can even name them.
The Academy’s programs of research, education, and public engagement are cause for optimism in urgent times, helping people of all ages to hone science-literate brains and the passion to protect biodiversity. In our day-to-day work and overarching goals, we're guided by a mission statement as profound as it is simple: to Explore, Explain, and Sustain life on Earth.
You'll find Academy researchers all over the world, from 500 feet below the ocean's surface, to Ethiopian deserts and rainforest canopies. Through expeditions, field work, lab work, and everything in between, we never stop exploring—or discovering—in our efforts to learn more about Earth's biodiversity.
Through engaging museum exhibits, educational programs, scientific publications, and digital resources, we share our discoveries and ever-increasing understanding of the natural world with people of all ages.
Learn more about the ways we're impacting lives, environments, and policies worldwide with personal encounters, diligent research, and innovation.
We work with governments, people, and organizations around the globe to help inform critical conservation decisions, while here in San Francisco (and online via digital resources) our exhibits, daily programs, and educational offerings aim to inspire better protection of Earth's richness.
The Academy is guided by a set of core values and strict code of ethics.
2014 was an exciting year. View our latest Annual Report and other documents to learn more.