The Academy’s Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability is at the forefront of efforts to understand the world’s most precious and threatened ecosystems, including coral reefs, tropical rainforests, and California’s iconic habitats.
From the 1.4 million visitors who walk through our doors each year to the 46 million scientific specimens in our collection, the Academy’s impact starts right here at the museum and reaches far across the globe through scientific research, public engagement and environmental literacy programs, digital media, and sustainability education.
See how we’re making an impact.
Sustainability Science for a Changing Planet
Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists
The Academy is the Bay Area leader in STEM experiences for K-12 students and teachers, and an innovative pioneer in efforts to increase scientific and environmental literacy in classrooms worldwide.
Creating an Academy for All
As part of our commitment to accessibility and inclusion, the Academy is proud to offer a dynamic range of free and reduced admission programs that provide access to world-class science education for the entire Bay Area community.
Building a Library of Life
Comprising nearly 46 million scientific specimens, the Academy’s world-class research collections are an invaluable resource to the global scientific community and provide a vitally important record of life on Earth.
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Academy scientists added 213 new species to the tree of life this year. Meet some of the standouts, from dazzling nudibranchs to a "slingshot predator" preserved in amber.