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:

Dear Julian Plamann
We miss going to the Academy to see the wonderful exhibits in the aquarium. We heard there is a long display in the cafeteria that you designed and that it is beautiful! We loved hearing about your fun experiences with the octopuses. We are so glad you are our son! We are very proud of you. We look forward to visiting the Academy again next week! :o)
Love, your mom, dad, niece and nephews.
The entire Academy of Science family
Words cannot express how much I appreciate the commitment from each and every one of you, to help educate, amaze, and keep us all infatuated. A sincere, and heartfelt THANK YOU for all the hard work and sacrifice that was required to survive COVID-19, and to allow the halls of the academy to flourish yet again.
Dear Mr. Claude:
Our family have missed your grinning face! Have you grown much? We know you have been fed and well taken care of by the Fantastic folks at CAS. We can’t wait to see you and your turtle pals soon!
Love, The Lautenbergers
Dear living roof
I love viewing the music garden and parts of the Golden Gate Park from your roof I noticed that it’s not as green as it usually is and that’s because probably we’ve had no rain recently. Love Richard PS when do you plan to open the earthquake
The Penguins!
Which one of you is the newest groom to be wed?
Peace and Ice bergs, forever!!
Dear Michael
Dear self. Thank you for supporting the California Academy of Sciences. It's a tough world out there. I hope this letter reaches you safe and sound.
Love, the Pass Family
Dear Everyone Contributing to the Magic that is The Academy of Science
I entered the Academy of Sciences when I was maybe ten or eleven years old. The giant glass doors at the entrance of the museum seemed like the gateway entrance to some kind of magical new land. Getting the sticker placed on my front jacket made me feel special and important, and entering the Academy was one of the most magical moments of my childhood. From watching the stingrays outside the Planetarium to the bumbling penguins to Claude to the roaming butterflies to the unreal Planetarium films to the amazing living roof, I was taken aback by the incredibleness of the world I live in. It is because of the Academy that I look at the world a little differently. I pay attention to the stars and feel even more important because I know we are made of the same stuff. Fast forward ten years and I still frequent the Academy as much as I can. I have a membership and take everyone I know there to relive and re-experience the same magic I did when I was younger. I even took my dad here as a surprise to thank him for taking me when I was much younger. I'm including a picture of our recent visit taking in the views of the Golden Gate Park from the refreshing and still stunning living roof! Thank you so much to the greeters, the scientists, the tour guides, the experts, the divers, the donators, the animal caretakers, the planetarium guides, the people who guarantee us a safe and clean area, the staff who help us check out and purchase food. I am grateful to everyone who has contributed and who continues to contribute to the magic that is the Academy of Science. Truly. Thank you!
Love, A Lifelong Lover of the Academy
Mr. C Ponchione
Dear Sir, Thank you so much for your work on the pendulum’s over the years. My favorite memory of the Academy is when my grandmother took me there in the 1950s and I was mesmerized by the Foucault Pendulum.
Best, Katie Dunlap
Dear Biologists and Divers
The Academy is the defining spark in my journey to becoming an oceanographer and marine biologist. Every visit has brought me so much joy and amazement. In light of the past year, science has both been appraised and shunned, and the fear and danger of the unknown forced natural science museums all over the world to close. My most recent visit has reminded me of the resilience of both animals and mankind, and I am just so grateful for all that you do and all that you have inspired me to do. I wish you all at the Academy the best, and I look forward to your shark exhibit.
Sincerely, M. Thompson
Dear Giant Pacific Octopus
How I've missed the excitement of racing downstairs ahead of other patrons (at early Tuesday member hours) to see if you're out and about, and available to be admired. In case I haven't told you before (I may have mentioned it), you're my most favorite at CalAcademy, and every visit is better if I've seen you. Hoping you've had plenty of enrichment, frozen toys and rest during this long time apart. Can't wait to see you! xoxox
Your fan, Ariane
Dear Morrison Planetarium:
Since that first day we met in 1968 (I was six years old) I raised my eyes to your starry canopy and learned to love night over day. Though I lived hours away, whenever I knew I was coming to Golden Gate Park, I imagined the new wonders you would reveal to me, and fill my heart with inspiration. School field trips, occasional weekend visits with Mom and Dad, and once I learned to drive, my own personal excursions to meet with you once again. I introduced my closest friends to you, one by one. Each time, your embrace filled my world with beauty and wonder. Once composer David Arkenstone came by to add his exquisite music to the experience! Then, not many years ago - you became silent and withdrew into a cocoon of renewal. I mourned you and waited in hopeful anticipation, that you would emerge more glorious than ever. And you did! Through the long months of COVID, I would wander out at night and stare into the sky, thinking of you, and when we would be reunited. The time is coming at last, and we will be together again. I will enter your halls and snuggle deep into a seat to gaze at your magical face, and give thanks that in a world of peril and change you still have the power to seduce and inspire.
Your ardent admirer, Lisa
Jack Dunbacher
Thank you for recommending BirdNET. I use it every day. Loved your presentation on Night School.
Joan Lamphier
Dear everyone at the California Academy of Sciences
Thank you for your dedicated care throughout the pandemic to the museum and the wonders of nature it teaches to everyone who walks through the doors to greet the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex! I'm so excited to come back to the museum again and to stare in awe when the planetarium journeys us across the universe and seas
Love, Alexandra P.
Dear Staff!
We went to the Academy in late May on a trip from Temecula and we loved it!!!!! Thank you!!
Traconis Family!
Dear Rainforest Macaws
I have missed being able to come in and see you. I miss your parrot sounds, everything from soft conversations amongst yourselves to louder expressions of your moods. I miss watching you allopreen each other, preen yourselves, play with your toys, and just enjoy being the amazing birds that you are. I promise I will come in soon to say hello.
Love, Diana S.