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 Night School crew,
Thank you for making such interesting programs that inspire me to create cool projects for my art & design students, and show your videos!
xoxo Lisa Beth
Dear Claude,
You are my favorite alligator! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Love, the Sauer family
Dear employees and the animals
Thank you for taking care of All the animals Happy Valentine's day ️ Stay safe
The Montgomery family in California
Dear Claude
I love you. I came to visit you for my birthday because you are the best alligator ever. You are very cute. I have never seen an albino alligator before and you are the best!
Love, Amelia Duarte age 4
Dear Claude,
It's always such a joy to see you! Although you may have had some struggles early in life, you're right where you need to be and bring happiness to a lot of people. Happy Valentine's Day!
Val Booth
Dear Penguins,
I love you!
Dear All Penguins
You made us laugh so hard that everyone stared at us.
The Durranis
Dear Focault Pendulum,
Since the prime of my youth I have admired the steady sway of your curves. I miss you so intensely, spending late nights dreaming of the gleam of your precise motion. I yearn to hold you in my arms, but alas, i know it can never be.
Sad Pendulum Lover
all of the employees
you are appreciated, keep doing what you are doing, it is very much appreciated.
the Delgadillo Family
Dear living creatures
We humans learn a lot from you so we look forward to visiting you in your San Francisco home and hope to see your relatives in their natural habitats someday. Having you here in the Bay Area reminds us to care about where you come from.
Love from the Ledermans
Dear Claude and the rest of the Academy of Sciences Family and Staff,
I love you and I hope you’re doing well. May you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I’m sending all my love and wishes. And to the Academy of Sciences staff, thank you for all you do. Please stay safe and take care. Wishing you my best!
Love Kait
Dear Melissa (the wonderful staffperson feeding the tortoises at Claudes pool)
I have been coming to the "Aquarium," since I was a very little kid. My favorite exhibit was the alligators. It was very different 60+ years ago. We were all so ignorant of how animals think, and feel, and are deserving of the same love and respect we should be extending to our fellow human beings. I am a 65 year-old, second generation native San Franciscan. Ive visited the Academy of Sciences for six decades. Last week I was visiting with a friend, and I wanted to be sure and visit Claude's pool Melissa was there to feed the turtles. She exemplifies the very, very best of an educator. I learned more from her than I ever have during any visit before! She was so kind, so proficient, and so interesting. Soemetimes, when you are a bit older, people tend to disregard your importance. Melissa deserves recognition for making us feel as important as Claude and the tortoises! I cannot thank her enough. Hope this Love Letter is delivered to Melissa as a small token of our appreciation.
Love and Gratitude, Victoria
Dear Claude
In an ever-changing world you have been a constant. You are always in the same place and don't move when I visit. The Snapping Turtles seem good mates. Your home with the seahorse grille has also been a constant. The Cal Academy has grown and evolved since I first visited the Steinhart Aquarium in 1957 but those seahorses draw me to you every visit.
Love, Linda Fraley
Dear Laurel Popolizio,
So proud of the work you are doing!
Love Mom & Dad
Lynn, CCG
Wishing I was spending Valentine’s Day with you visiting the coral reef.
Love, Mom