They’re going all out at the California Academy of Sciences for World Oceans Day 2009, starting tonight.
Check out the schedule of activities over the next couple of weeks here, and below.
Giant Blue Whale skeleton, high above the patrons:
About World Oceans Day
Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and are critically important to the health of our global ecosystem, yet they are some of the least explored and most threatened places on our planet.
In light of this, the United Nations has issued an official resolution designating June 8, 2009 as the first annual World Oceans Day.
The Academy is celebrating with a suite of special visitor programs. All programs are designed to help visitors explore and protect the amazing biodiversity of our marine habitats. They include sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations, a beach clean-up, costumed stilt-walkers, animal shows, lectures, and more. See details below.
NightLife Welcomes Plastiki, Thursday, June 4
6:00 – 10:00 pm
NightLife, featuring Plastiki and David de Rothschild »
This week, environmentalist David de Rothschild gives two lectures (at 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm) about his upcoming voyage across the Pacific. What makes it unique? He’s crossing the ocean in a 60-foot vessel constructed entirely of recycled materials, mostly plastic water bottles!
De Rothschild will share details of his itinerary, including his plan to navigate the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating landfill and man-made disaster that’s twice the size of Texas.
World Oceans Day Festival & Weekend Activities
Saturday, June 6
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
World Oceans Day Festival »
Inside the Academy, a host of special activities are planned – from stilt-walkers dressed as giant jellyfish to research demonstrations presented by Academy scientists.
Teens Talk Books: Underwater Explorations »
Whether facing a great white shark, chasing orcas near Vancouver, or swimming with hordes of hammerheads in the Sea of Cortez, Peter Benchley (author of Jaws) shares his many underwater adventures in the book Shark Life: True Stories about Sharks and the Sea.
Sunday, June 7
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Beach Clean-Up »
Join volunteers from the Academy, OceanHealth.Org, and Surfrider at Ocean Beach for the annual World Oceans Day beach cleanup.
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Banana Slugs String Band »
Join in the musical fun as the award-winning Banana Slug String Band – Doug Dirt, Airy Larry, Solar Steve and Marine Mark – bring out their latest collection of earth-loving songs about understanding and caring for our oceans and watersheds.
The Farallones Cam
Monday, June 8 – World Oceans Day
Experience the Wildlife of the Farallon Islands – Live!
Just in time for the first annual World Oceans Day, the first ever webcam on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. Catch a detailed look at the islands and follow the action of sea lions, seals, and the largest seabird colony in the continental United States. Brought to you by the California Academy of Sciences, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and PRBO Conservation Science.
The Festivities Continue…
Thursday, June 11
6:30 – 10:00 pm
NightLife, featuring SF Sustainable Seafood Alliance »
The Academy and its partners in the San Francisco Sustainable Seafood Alliance are pulling out all the stops to encourage visitors to make sustainable seafood choices.
Local celebrity chefs will whip up tasty treats during cooking demonstrations, industry experts will participate in panel discussions, and we’ll host a screening of “The End of the Line,” a new film about overfishing that received rave reviews at Sundance.
Tuesday, June 16
Bookworms: Why Do Oceans Matter? »
The adult book group will discuss Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans by noted marine biologist Sylvia Earle.