This Valentine's Day, send a Love Letter to your favorite Academy animal, biologist, diver, or scientist to let them know how they set your heart aflutter. We’ll make sure your letter reaches its intended recipient (we’ll even read out loud to Claude if necessary, promise), and you can read other Love Letters by clicking any image below. To write yours, just use our easy form:

To All who work at the CAofS
Happy Valentine’s Day! Thanks for your great work.
Janell and Lawrence
Dear Methuselah
You are so special! I want you to know that every time I ask guests if they'd like to see "probably the oldest living fresh water fish they'll ever see" your fame just keeps spreading. Most of the guests walk by your tank, but if I had a hand in signage, I think you deserve Broadway style lights. Stay healthy friend, and Happy Valentine's Day!
Tom Mullen
Dear Honeycomb Ray
I missed you more than anyone else at the Academy during the pandemic. When I was finally able to visit, I fell in love all over again. A beautiful Valentines Day to your beautiful self!
Love, Gretchen from Santa Rosa
Ryan Wyatt
Dear Ryan, Mike, Molly, Cheryl and Jeroen - sending thoughts of loving gratitude for all your dedication and effort in making the planetarium an inner-world-of-wonder at the Academy. Happy Valentines day and thank you for making our hearts SOAR into the heavens! (insider tip from someone who has visited the planetarium since 1968...get an audio file of the Midnight Cowboy theme (John Williams) and play it as the lights go down and the stars appear on the ceiling - it's magical, and exactly what happened on my first visit to the Morrison in 1968!)
Lisa, Sacramento CA
Dear Methuselah
I pruned my fig tree yesterday so I’ll have plenty to share with you this summer. Until then, stay safe and happy with those who love you as I do.
Love, Jill
Dear Kelsey Paulling
I love watching you feed and talk about the penguins!! It's my favorite time of day.
Love, Grammy
In icy lands where snowflakes dance, Two penguins waddle hand in hand. Their love as pure as Arctic snow, In hearts that beat with gentle glow Like penguins brave in cold terrain, May our love endure, free from stain.
Love, Kirra Romero
Dear Academy staff,
This past weekend I took my grandson to the museum, and I am certain this will be a long-term plan for us! He loved the animals in the African Hall and was completely mesmerized by the aquarium. It was such a delight to watch his fascination.
Your secret admirer
Dear Claude
Hello, We hope you are doing great in your habitat. We are 1st graders at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco. First of all we want to say thank you for being special! We also learned that your turtle friend, Leonardo, passed away. We wanted to say that we are sorry to hear this! Thank you for being kind to your turtle friends! We also wanted to tell you thank you for being alive and here in San Francisco! We wish that Bonie didn't bite your foot! We also hope you live for a long time! Thank you and we love you, Claude We hope to see you again!
LOVE again, 1st Grade class at Presidio Hill School
The Penguins
We love you very much and we think of you constantly. Keep waddling on!
The Marshal's
Dear paddlefish
My dear soulmate, You are the light of my life
French students
Dear penguins
I love you!
Docent T and Steve
Visited the Academy Friday and watched you interact with the line for the rainforest and show off cat artifacts. Well done enhancing our visit!
A visitor
Dear Claude
You're my favorite animal. I hope that I can one day visit you. I love reading your book every night before bed. I even shared the book with my preschool class. Stay different, stay wonderful!
Love, Avery (4 years old)
Dear workers of the Academy
Thank you all very much for your devotion and contribution to maintain the exhibitions of the Academy for us. This is one of the best place we loved.
best regard, the George family