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 Lucy,
Really missing sharing your historical significance in the human evolution line.
Love from Homo Sapien Peggy
Dearest Claude
I love you and I hope you love me too! I hope you get lots of treats today and I want to see you very soon!
Your friend, Harper
Dear Academy
I appreciate all your hard work to maintain my favorite place in the the city
Dear Academy
Over two years ago my first two dates with someone with whom I'd swiped right were unremarkable. She would later admit she felt no chemistry between us up to that point, but agreed to meet again. The third date was a Nightlife event at CalAcademy, which included a behind -the -scenes tour. Fittingly, the theme was Seismic. She was impressed that I listened while she asked questions of the USGS scientists in attendance. She thoroughly enjoyed the tour. She appreciated that I was already a long-time member of CalAcademy. And - we developed a chemical reaction that has been actively sustained ever since! So, I thank the Academy for making it all possible. Love and science - can there be a better combination?
Lia and Charles
Claude, You’ve 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. See you then️️! (No photos of granddaughter with Claude, but this is one of our earlier favorites taken at what she calls “the Fish Museum)
Love the Schmidt Family
Dear Cal Academy
Our daughter Evie is 1.5 years old and recently visited the Academy for the first time. She loved the aquarium (especially the jellyfish) and the butterflies and I’m sure can’t wait to go back. We look forward to visiting with her again soon!
Love, the Friedel family
Dear Staff members!
Thank you for being there to welcome us all back to the academy. My son LOVES coming there any chance we can get and thrives of going through the different exhibits.
The Edwards/Harvey Family
Dear California Academy
We haven't been able to visit in such a long time and we are looking forward to visiting this year. We are appreciative of the care you all have been taking with the exhibits and animals AND everyone in the community.
Love from 3 sisters and their parents
Dear every living creature at CAS,
You are all a work of nature's art, and a joy forever. I live in a different state but am content to know that you are well and protected and available for others to enjoy even though I rarely get to see any of you in person.
Here's to the preservation of biodiversity, Dr. P.J. Boston
Dear Ants!
Thank you for doing the heavy lifting throughout the pandemic. We hope to see you hustling soon!
Love, Baby Who Adores You
Dear Ms. Lungfish
You are our absolute favorite to visit at the Academy! Wishing you many more years of health and lots yummy lungfish treats!
Love, The Lai Family
Dear Staff,
You've been a part of our family for years, even though you may not know us all personally. We treasure every trip and every interaction from Nightlife to the TADS program. You've not only encouraged us to dig deeper and enjoy learning but also to just stop and look around the world in amazement. We love sharing you with friends and you're always a stop when visitors come to town.
Thank you, the Stephenson family
Dear Claude
I remember when you first arrived at the SF Zoo and I my parents took me to visit you. I was so amazed that an alligator could look exactly like the white chocolate alligators the zoo had in stores! We bought a magnet of you to commemorate the event. When you moved to the Cal Academy, we were super excited to visit you in your new home! We love checking you out and counting all but one of your toes. Stay cool!
Love, Randomlyns
Dear Claude,
It’s been so many years since I’ve seen you! I was a girl in elementary school! Now I am a homesick San Franciscan stuck on the Least Coast, anxious for my girls to meet you. Hopefully it won’t be much longer before we meet again.
With thanks for being so great, Nancy
Dear Academy,
Thank you for providing a safe place for us to visit while being pregnant during the pandemic. We had a great time. You guys even played a role in choosing a name for our little one. The academy will always have a special place in our hearts.
Love, New Parents