Donor tidepooling excursion at Pillar Point

Throughout the year, Academy supporters are invited to a suite of exciting, exclusive, curated events, from scientist-led field expeditions to exhibit and planetarium show premieres, guest lectures, and more.

For more information or to RSVP to these or other events, please contact us at or 415-379-5420. Please note that all events are subject to change.

Upcoming events

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Academy soon!

Exclusive Access to the Academy Reopening
Tuesday, October 13 - Thursday, October 22
As a special thank you to our members and donors, the first ten days of our reopening have been reserved exclusively for our supporters who have helped us continue to explore, explain, and sustain life throughout our temporary closure. Learn more about how to reserve your tickets and our reopening details here.

Members Month
October 2020
We’re thrilled to begin welcoming supporters back to the Academy for exclusive advance access from October 13-22! To celebrate the return of our favorite humans, we’ve put together an exciting line-up of virtual programs available just for you.

SuperNatural Halloween @ Home
Friday, October 30, 2020 | 5PM PT
Join us for a skele-ton of fun at the Academy's first-ever SuperNatural Halloween @ Home. From the comfort and safety of your own home, enjoy an entertaining evening of spirited science, kooky costumes, and tasty treats—livestreamed directly to you and your family!

Behind-the-Scenes Virtual Tour
Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 10 AM PT
Donors at the $3,000 level and above are invited to a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of the Steinhart Aquarium led by Academy biologists Tim Wong and Kylie Lev. Learn about the unique and important projects in the Steinhart Aquarium, Jellyfish Culture Room, and Larval Rearing Project area, as well as the Academy’s newest exhibit, Venom: Fangs, Stingers, and Spines.

Legacy of Hope
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 11 AM PT - Live Stream
Eastwood Associates are invited to join us virtually for Adapting Together for an Evolving Future, a live-streamed event featuring Dr. Lauren Esposito, the Academy’s Assistant Curator and Schlinger Chair of Arachnology, and Francis Taroc, Senior Specialist, Environmental Science Education, Crissy Field Center.
For an invitation to this event, or to learn more about how you can include the Academy in your estate plan, please contact us at

‘Tis the Season for Science Member Preview
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Details to be announced.

Friends Family Breakfast
December 2020
Details to be announced.

Living Worlds: The Search Begins Morrison Planetarium show premiere
February 2021
Details to be announced.

Legacy of Hope
Spring 2021
Twice a year, in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Academy offers a special program for those who have provided for the future of science through a beneficiary designation in their will, trust, IRA or other estate plan. Since not everyone is able to attend these programs in person, we are pleased to host them virtually.