• African penguins in our exhibit.
    We'll check on our African Penguin colony using the exhibit webcam. What are they up to today?
  • Penguin Educators
    Our Academy educators are ready to waddle like a penguin with your K-2nd grade students!
  • African Penguins Image © CliftonBeard
    What helps African Penguins survive in the ocean?    Image © CliftonBeard
  • Educators Acting Like Penguins
    Explore how penguins use their different body parts to survive.
  • Penguin Materials
    Wow! Fluffy feathers help keep the penguin warm!
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Virtual Programs are live, interactive programs that connect your class exclusively to a science educator over the internet.

    Penguins don’t fly, but they still share features with all birds: Wings, a Beak, and Feathers, Oh My!

    In this live, interactive, web-based program, learn how the unique adaptations of African Penguins help them to survive in their ocean habitat. Waddle and swim like a penguin while observing our live penguin colony. Then, Academy staff will answer student questions about these amazing birds!

    This program integrates the Next Generation Science Standards by focusing on:

    • Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function
    Schedule a session that works for you!

    Day of Week: Wednesdays (beginning the first week of November)
    Duration: 20-40 minutes
    Target Audience: Kindergarten - 2nd graders in schools, libraries, homeschool groups, and more
    Price: $70 per session
    Title I Discount: 50% off
    Bulk Discount: 20% off (pre-book 5+ sessions)
    Group Size: 8-65 students per session
    Multilingual support: English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin

    Notes for Scheduling:

    • Sunrise in our penguin habitat starts at 9:00am PT, lights may not be fully on at 8:30am PT
    • Penguin feeding starts at 10:30am PT, if you want to see the feeding choose a 10:15am PT start time
    Program Summary
    penguin feeding

    In this live, interactive program, students will meet and learn about one of the many animals that live here at the California Academy of Sciences: the South African Penguin.

    The program will begin by comparing penguins to other birds to discover what features they all have in common.  We will then take a live peek into our African Penguin colony as we make observations about the birds and the habitat in which they live.

    Through specimens and videos, students will discover penguin adaptations and learn why the ocean is so important to a penguin's survival.

    Finally, the class will have a chance to ask questions of Academy staff all about these amazing birds!

    Organizer Prep
    Next Generation Science Standards

    Science and Engineering Practices:

    • Asking Questions

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    • K-ESS3.A: Natural Resources: Living things need water, air, and resources from the land, and they live in places that have the things they need.
    • 1-LS1.A: Structure and Function: All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow.

    Crosscutting Concepts

    • Structure and Function 

    Related Performance Expectation:

    This Virtual Program is just one step toward reaching the Performance Expectation listed below. Addition supporting materials/lessons/activities will be required.

    K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

    Not interested in meeting our penguin colony? Discover more one-on-one Virtual Programs or check out the free webcasts in our Special Live Events series.

    Grades: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
    Program Duration: 30 minutes
    Price: $70.00

    Distance Learning Price Range

    Distance Learning Prices
    Virtual Program session: $70     Title I Discount: 50% off                 Bulk Discount: 20% off                   (pre-book 5+ sessions)