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Museum from home

While the Academy is temporarily closed during this difficult time, our commitment to providing free, high-quality resources to our community is stronger than ever. Whether you’re looking for ways to entertain yourself, the kids at home, or just want to keep tabs on your favorite Academy creatures, enjoy this curated array of activities that will help keep you engaged, wherever you are. 

Dr. Shannon Bennett

Hear from an expert

Dr. Shannon Bennett is the California Academy of Sciences' Chief of Science and an expert in infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. We asked our social audiences what they most wanted to know about coronaviruses and COVID-19, then sat down with Dr. Bennett for the answers. 

African penguins

Animal webcams

Enjoy the best of the Academy, now streaming. Frolic with our penguins, plunge into a colorful coral reef, or visit the remote, iconic Farallon Islands—all via live webcam in vivid HD. Each webcam page includes fascinating information, including a look into the preening, molting, head-shaking behaviors of our African penguins.

At-home learning

Learning resources

Turn your living room into a classroom with engaging, STEM activities straight from our experts and treasured scientific collections. Access lesson plans, glide around 3D scans of scientific specimens like skulls and fossils, or watch delightful webcasts for all ages. Make time to stay curious and have fun no matter where you are.

Claude, the albino alligator

Stay connected

It’s official: you deserve to see Claude, our beloved albino alligator, having this luxurious spa moment. Take a brain break with a slew of digital delights from our GIPHY page, watch fun science videos, and more. Looking for a change of scene? Transform your world into a coral reef with Snapchat AR lenses, designed by the planetarium team.


Inspiring stories

For instant zen, explore bioGraphic, the Academy's award-winning online magazine about sustainability and science—all free, all beautiful, all the time. Enjoy in-depth reporting from the world's wildest places through jaw-dropping nature videos, photography, and stories about inspiring scientists and their world-changing work. 

Citizen Science

Safe outdoor exploration

iNaturalist—the world’s most powerful citizen science app—is here to motivate you to go outdoors (close to home). Snap pictures of wild plants and animals to help contribute to science, and participate in the upcoming City Nature Challenge running worldwide April 24 – 27 while practicing safe, social distancing in the outdoors. 


Now more than ever—we need your support

From providing world-class care and enrichment for nearly 40,000 live animals to creating high-quality resources that allow kids and families to engage with science from home—the Academy’s critical work continues even while our museum doors remain closed. Please consider a donation in support of the Academy’s daily animal care programs and online learning. Now more than ever, your support makes it possible for us to continue our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life.

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