We’re honored to support the Academy’s new “Giants of Land and Sea” exhibit, which will inspire visitors to explore and spend time wondering about the ever-changing ecosystems and natural phenomena all around us. The exhibit will also celebrate the spirit of creativity and invention in the Bay Area that is helping to shape our future. As visitors delve into the immersive sights, sounds and sensations of redwood canopies, fog forests and simulated earthquakes, and examine massive whale skulls and articulated marine mammal skeletons, they will discover how the interplay of land, ocean and climate gives rise to globally unique habitats and rich ecological diversity. And through complementary multi-sensory experiences, interactive public programs and corresponding educational programming, the Academy will spotlight scientific research and discoveries on site and in local classrooms and community centers. The exhibit will also offer opportunities to engage with citizen science tools, including the Bay Area-born iNaturalist app, to observe, appreciate and contribute to studies of biodiversity. The exhibit will feature multilingual interpretation – in Spanish, Chinese, Filipino and English.
Among the exhibit highlights:
- An intimate, multimedia experience to ascend, virtually, from the forest floor to the treetop canopy alongside scientists who brave incredible heights to study the complex ecological structure and charismatic wildlife that make these mighty giants their home.
- An immersive fog room to feel the chill and hear the sounds of San Francisco’s fabled and ever-present neighbor that captivates both locals and visitors alike.
- A reimagined Shake House — made popular in the Academy’s former Earthquake exhibit — returns with a new look and feel as visitors experience the rumbles and jolts of the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes that shook the Bay Area.
- Overhead in the exhibit, visitors can take in the enormity of a massive blue whale skeleton and explore more than a dozen articulated marine mammal specimens and skulls, including dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions, and more to learn how marine mammals have evolved over time to glide through water, dive deep, and haul out on shore.
- Stories throughout the exhibit highlight our human connection to coastal food webs, including how citizen scientists are working to document and understand the impact of our changing ocean ecology using the iNaturalist app, powered by the Academy and National Geographic Society.
- In a region known for groundbreaking innovation, some of today’s most promising sustainability solutions have their roots right here in the Bay Area thanks to creative partnerships between local Californians, Native tribes, and scientists from throughout the state.
The Academy will also host a series of California coast-themed daily public programs through Summer 2018.
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