Located in the rear of the museum's ground floor, the center is home to over 100 live birds, mammals, reptiles & other creatures. Visitors can check out behind-the-scenes action as the resident critters are fed and tended to by caretakers. All the animals involved are either injured or bred in captivity and would not survive in the wild.
The Academy's children's area features a diverse array of hands-on science and nature activities designed to stimulate children's curiosity about the world. Highlights include a special microscope with a large screen, a nature lab, a life-size tree with hidden animals to find, a kid-sized eagle's nest and more.
"Unnatural History" offers a playful, imaginative look at what goes on behind the dioramas at a natural history museum. Science, facts and animals come together in complex scenes that lean towards the absurd and/or hilarious.
Based on the research of photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Edwin Scholes, this interactive exhibit explores the lives and behaviors of birds-of-paradise though a combination of video, photos, audio files and specimens.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of insect-themed activities and displays throughout the weekend. Make your own insect-themed artwork, see many live insects as well as specimens from the Academy's collections, watch a cockroach race, taste foods that contain insects and more.