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 Biologists, Divers, Scientists, and the rest of staff making Cal Academy what it is,
My daughters and I LOVE visiting Cal Academy, and seeing all the animals. They are toddlers still, but already fostering a love for animals, science, nature and the planet. Thank you for creating an incredible experience, and inspiring my kids.
Love, the Croshaws
Dear Animals, Staff, and everyone at the CA Academy of Sciences
I just want to send my love and thank you for everything you provide for me and my community. You care for the public and each other and especially in these pandemic times that is so very needed. Thank you for your selflessness and love.
Love, the Coyne family
Dear God Sis
Have a Blessed and Happy St.Valentine's Day
Thanks for keeping us entertained with your shenanigans during feeding time
The Paulling Family
Dear caretakers of Cal Academy
Cal academy is my 1.5 year old’s favorite place on earth, and hence, also mine. I am so thankful you exist!
Love, Maya’s family
I remember visiting you years ago, and was amazed at your longevity then. You are an inspiration to us all! Dare I say how wonderful you look for your age? When I put the timeline of your life into historical perspective, it was not lost on me that you arrived at the old Steinhart Aquarium when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in office! The year was 1938. I hope you continue to thrive, and I hope you get to eat all the fresh figs, and receive all the belly rubs that your little heart desires. Speaking of "heart's desire," it is Valentine's Day after all. May you see another 90 years!
Love, A new member to the Academy
Dear Claude and Company
We are so sorry to have missed the opportunity to visit the Academy of Science this year. Unfortunately, we live in Sonoma County; and one of us is not eligible to be vaccinated yet. Once that occurs, we hope to visit, again, and see the marvels of science and wonderful animals. Until then, the 2-year-old will have to hug the stuffed replica of Claude he has from his last visit.
Love, the Rosselle-Keeslings
Dear Acadamy Family,
You are all awesome!! The dedication, creativity, education, passion and inspiration you all have for science and the natural world all around us makes our family hopeful for the future. No matter how old we get, we still feel the excitement of a childs mind and heart every time we visit. Thank you so much!!!!!!!
Love, The Hensley Family
Dear AL (Australian Lungfish)
You may be feeling neglected this Valentine's Day, but I want you to know that at least one person is thinking of you. My Mom first brought my brother & me to the Academy in 1952. I remember 3 things from that trip: The dolphin fountain, looking through the seahorse railing at the alligators and turtles in the swamp, and YOU. I remember you because my brother said, "Wow! What a cool fish!" (I actually thought you were kinda homely, but endearing nonetheless.) Hope you're getting some love there!
Dear Cardinal Tetra Family,
I love to see you all swimming in beautiful harmony in your Amazonian habitat. To me you are the most beautiful fish in the whole of aquaria! I am also from a large wonderful family; we love our big gatherings but we seldom achieve your level of Zen. And the way you catch the light simply dazzles! I look forward to gazing on your colorful splendor again soon!
Love and wet fishy kisses, Ms. Tami
I love you folks: You are helping this struggling planet and its inhabitants.
I have always loved the Academy and all you do. Starting as a child, I loved every field trip, at least once a year, and couldn't wait to see the fish and other inhabitants of the aquariums. Not a big surprise, I graduated from UCB with a degree in Zoology and best of all got to do a special project working behind the scenes with part of the Academy collection! Now I take my great-grandkids to enjoy everything, right along with me. Keep up the inspirational work.
Love, Kay Johnson
To all staff and animals
Thank you to all staff that maintain the Academy of Science. You guys rock! Sending love and hugs to all the animals in the Academy of Science. Happy Valentines!!
Loving you The Ramirez family
Dear Aquarium divers
Always love to see you in there feeding the fish. Reminds me of my old diving days. Thank you. And thank everyone who keeps this wonderful California Academy of Sciences fresh and new. I have been coming here since I was a little girl.
Lobe, Linda Bieri Glatt and Joe
You have been the highlight of our granddaughter's visits to the Academy for the last 14 of her 16 years. Next week we plan to introduce our two grandsons to you and we know you will also be a big hit with them. See you then! (Note that because of Claude's shyness, the photo attached is not with him, but of another favorite!)
Love, the Schmidt family