A naming opportunity is a unique way to celebrate your family’s or organization's support of the Academy. From Wander Woods to the Swamp's historic seahorse railing, your legacy could endure and inspire for generations to come.

Beautiful naming opportunities abound throughout the Academy—explore some of our favorites below.


Exhibitions and spaces

Wander Woods
This Academy favorite spurs imagination, exploration, and environmental learning for children and families. From den-building to birdwatching, Wander Woods inspires guests of all ages to connect with nature in the heart of Golden Gate Park.

View of Wander Woods nature playspace in Academy East Garden

Commemorative plaques

Seahorse railing
In keeping with the Academy's commitment to historic preservation, the beloved brass seahorse railing from the original Steinhart Aquarium now frames the Swamp exhibit. This opportunity includes recognition on an individual seahorse plaque.

  • Close-up of the historic brass seahorse railing from the original Steinhart Aquarium

Cedar bench
To fully appreciate Renzo Piano’s breathtaking architectural masterpiece, sometimes it's best to pause, reflect, and take a seat. This opportunity includes recognition on an indoor individual bench plaque.

  • Cedar benches with donor name plaques inside the Academy

Morrison Planetarium seat
Our cutting-edge planetarium shows whisk guests to the farthest corners of the universe. You can help ensure the journey is comfortable! This opportunity includes recognition on an individual seat plaque.

  • Inside Morrison Planetarium with rows of seats and image of Jupiter onscreen

Academy donor wall

Specimen tile
Generations of the Bay Area's most prominent philanthropists have contributed to the Academy's rich history. Join their ranks with a specimen tile and support a thriving future. Located adjacent to crowd-pleasing alligator Claude and his Swamp exhibit.

  • Donor wall featuring glass mosaic of specimen tiles with animals

Please contact the Leadership Philanthropy Coordinator at leadershipcircle@calacademy.org to learn more and discuss recognition and naming opportunities at the California Academy of Sciences.