California Academy of Sciences
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The California Academy of Sciences is a multifaceted scientific institution committed to leading-edge research, educational outreach, and finding new and innovative ways to engage and inspire the public.
The Academy’s mission—to explore, explain and sustain life—extends to all corners of the institution; from a research expedition in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, to a teacher-training program in a California classroom, to an interactive game on the museum exhibit floor.
Academy visitors can view the most accurate rendering of the Universe ever created, catch virtual butterflies with a digital net, see scientist webcasts from the field, and learn about the wonders of the natural world though the digital.
The Academy was founded in 1853 to conduct natural science research. Today, the Academy’s Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability continues to discover, document and share knowledge of the natural world.
The Institute supports world-class scientists, researchers, fellows, and graduate students in 12 fields of study. Through expeditions around the globe and investigations in the lab, they strive to understand the evolution and interconnectedness of life and guide critical conservation decisions. It’s their collective effort that is pushing the scientific envelope, informing Academy exhibits and programs, and helping citizens here and abroad to be sustainable stewards of Earth’s biodiversity.