Dino Discovery in Golden Gate Park!

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Did our walk through the Mesozoic era only whet your appetite for more dinos? This fall, you’re in luck because the California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers and San Francisco Botanical Garden are all offering dinosaur-themed programs and events within easy walking distance of one another.

CAS logoJurassic in the Park at the California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Drive

Travel through time and learn about the fascinating animals that once roamed the Earth during a series of Jurassic in the Park programs from September 4-November 15, 2012. The new suite of programs and events this fall focuses on the evolution of dinosaurs, sharks, birds, and living fossils that still call this planet home and features the 3D show, Dinosaurs Alive! All programs are free with Academy admission unless otherwise noted.

 

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Ancient Plant Garden at the San Francisco Botanical Garden
1199 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way
Find yourself immersed in the Ancient Plant Garden featuring plants from the Devonian through Eocene Periods. Docent led walks, themed crafts, and prehistoric story times will help you travel back through time.

Featured Special Events for GrownUps

SPECIAL ANCIENT PLANT GARDEN WALK
at the San Francisco Botanical Garden
Thursday, September 6 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Join gardener Jason Martinez and curator Dr. Don Mahoney of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society for a walk through time, traveling from the Devonian era through the Cretaceous, experiencing the same plants that the dinosaurs encountered. In the Ancient Plant Garden, the pathway through greenery is both glorious and strange and is laid out according to major epochs of earth history. San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way.

DINOSAUR NIGHTLIFE (21+)
at the California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 20 from 6:00-10:00 pm
It’s a prehistoric party! Every Thursday night, music, creatures, and cocktails come together for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. Explore prehistoric plants and pay homage to the dinosaurs of ancient yesteryear with hands-on activities hosted by the Conservatory of Flowers, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, and more. $12 per person, $10 for Academy members.

DINOS AMONG US AFTER HOURS
at the Conservatory of Flowers
Thursday, September 27 from 6:00-10:00 pm
Receive free entry if you dress as a dino! Music, entertainment, snacks, and social activities for After Hours at the Conservatory. Entry is $5, and drinks are $5. 21+ only after 6:30 pm. Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive.

SKETCH-A-SAURUS SOCIAL DINONITE
at the Conservatory of Flowers
Thursday, October 4 from 4:30-7:00 pm
Practice your drawing skills among the flowers. We’ll have sketch pads and pencils, and $5 beers for those 21+. DinoNites are ongoing each Thursday through October 21. Free with admission to the Conservatory, last entry at 6:30 pm. Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive.

GOING EXTINCT! PLANTOSAURUS REX AFTER HOURS
at the Conservatory of Flowers
Thursday, October 18 from 6:00-10:00 pm
Say good-bye to Plantosaurus Rex as the dinosaurs disappear all over again. Music, entertainment, snacks, and social activities for After Hours at the Conservatory. Entry is $5, and drinks are $5. 21+ only after 6:30 pm. Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive.

Featured Special Events for Families

DINO DISCOVERY ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES
DINOSAURS ALIVE! 3D SHOW
at the California Academy of Sciences
Shows daily (starting September 4)
See the earliest creatures of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous brought to life in the 3D show Dinosaurs Alive! The show, which will play daily in the Forum Theater, follows renowned paleontologists as they discover new fossils and uncover evidence that dinosaur descendants are still among us, and features realistic and scientifically-accurate computer-generated dinosaurs. Seats are limited and show passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the Forum Theater to pick up 3D show passes. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive.

SHARKS TO DINOSAURS: A WALK THROUGH TIME
at the California Academy of Sciences
Daily at 12:00 pm
Uncover the Earth’s ancient history and learn about the sharks, tortoises, and dinosaurs that first appeared millions of years ago as you explore the Academy’s exhibits. Step back in time and discover the unique adaptations these amazing species developed for thriving and surviving on a planet that was very different from our modern world. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive.

SATURDAY SAFARI
at the California Academy of Sciences
Saturdays at 11:00 am
All ages are invited to African Hall for an imaginary expedition around the corner or around the world. We will navigate with maps to chart our exploration and use props, specimens, storytelling, and songs to set the scene for our travels. A special children’s book will be read each week.

YOUTH DINO TERRARIUMS AND DINO PRINT/ANCIENT PLANT RUBBING
at the San Francisco Botanical Garden
Saturday, September 15 and Saturday, October 13 at 1:30 pm
Join us at the Botanical Garden for hands-on fun with plants and great take-home creations for kids ages 3-10. San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way.

STORYTIME & FAMILY WALK
at the San Francisco Botanical Garden
Sunday, October 7 and Sunday, October 21 at 10:30 am
Looking for a fun, free, and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join the San Francisco Botanical Garden in their cozy children’s book nook with comfy kid-sized cushions, a bevy of stuffed animals, and live storytellers. In October, story time travels back to the time of the dinosaurs and gets a visit from a dinosaur relative. Afterwards, families can enjoy a special docentled children’s tour of the Ancient Plant Garden, following dino footprints on a walk through the history of plant evolution and looking at dino topiaries. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This event is suitable for children ages 4-8. Story time lasts about 30 minutes, and the tour departs from the Library at 11:00 am. The Library houses an excellent collection of books for children on plants, natural history, general sciences, and nature-related myths and stories. San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way.

KQED DINOSAUR TRAIN
at the California Academy of Sciences
Sunday, October 14 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
On Sunday, October 14, celebrate a day of discovery at the Academy with KQED and Buddy the T-Rex from Dinosaur Train! Bring a camera and a curious spirit and join Buddy as he explores the museum and greets visitors. Take the Nature Trackers Challenge and become a member of the Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club, a community of young children, families, and educators committed to learning about nature and protecting the environment. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive.